Celebrating St. Francis
How can this be such a happy time? Instead of being somber, the days surrounding the anniversary of the death of St. Francis are celebrated with joy.
Why is that?
Because as much as anyone could, St. Francis followed the example of Jesus in the New Testament, truly living a Gospel life. And we are certain God was there to embrace him at the moment of his death.
That’s why we begin the celebration on October 3rd, the night of his death, with a service we call the Transitus – his transition from earthly to eternal life.
Then on October 4th, the Feast Day, we have a special Mass in his honor. We also have a tradition of blessing the animals, reflecting St. Francis’ love of and connection with all of God’s creation.
Here are some of the pictures from this year’s festivities around the Province.