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The Franciscan Abbey in Multyfarnham was founded in 1268 and continues to be an active centre of Franciscan mission in Ireland. The only Franciscan Abbey in Ireland still standing on the footprint of its original foundation, the Franciscan fraternity continues its commitment of service from this special place.
Transitus of St Francis of Assisi
The Transitus of St Francis of Assisi, will take place place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm. “Transitus,” which means, ‘passing over’ marks the passing over of the founder of the Franciscan’s, St Francis of Assisi, to his eternal reward in heaven.
His health had been sharply declining, and several months earlier, he had asked to come home to Assisi. According to St. Bonaventure’s account, Francis was being nursed in the bishop’s residence in the city, but aware that his death was imminent, “he asked to be carried to St. Mary of the Portiuncula so that he might yield up the spirit of life where he had received the spirit of grace.”
After exhorting and consoling his companions, “he asked that the book of the Gospels be brought and the Gospel according to John be read from the place that begins ‘Before the Feast of Passover’ (Jn 13:1). He himself, insofar as he was able, broke out with the Psalm: ‘I have cried to the Lord with my voice’ (Ps. 142). . . .At last, when all God’s mysteries were fulfilled in him, the blessed man fell asleep in the Lord.”
Bonaventure adds: “Larks are birds that love the light. . . but at the hour of the holy man’s passing, although it was twilight and night was to follow, they came in a great flock over the roof of the house and, whirling around for a long time with unusual joy, gave clear and evident testimony to the glory of the saint.”
Please join us on Monday at 7:00pm. You can join us in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel here at the Friary, or via our webcam (see link above).
We are frequently asked for a copy of the prayer of spiritual Communion that is used during our Mass, many of which are composed by Fr Kieran. We have therefore added a new menu item (“Prayers”) at the top and over time, we will add more and more prayers (not limited to prayers of spiritual Communion). Of course, we would be delighted to get your feedback and you can do this by selecting “Contact Us” on the menu bar at the top.
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Don’t forget that you can order Mass cards online. Cards ordered will be sent to you or to another address / person if you wish, in the post.
To order cards, for any purpose, just click on the ‘Order Mass Cards’ link on the menu above.
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