Pope Honorius III (1219-1222) - 340 

Sacrosancta Romana Ecclesia, September 24a

Honorius, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God. To the beloved daughters in Christ, to the Abbess and to the Nuns of the Monastery of Saint Mary de Monte Lucio, health and Apostolic Blessing.

Because of her duty of maternal devotion, the most holy Church of Rome is accustomed and more inclined to esteem her devoted and humble sons, and lest they be disturbed by the vexations of perverse men, she as a dutiful mother has cherished them with the rampart of her protection.

Indeed, Our Venerable Brother,b Bishop of Ostia, while carrying out the office of Legate in your area, received in our name as we had commanded him, from a noble man, Glottus Monaldus, a citizen of Perugia, a certain piece of land in the place known as Mons Lucius; he received this into the right and ownership of the Roman Church. In your monastery built there he was led to decide certain matters for the increase of your religion and in favor of your Order. We, after receiving the statutes of your religion from the same Bishop, as contained in his privilege and approving your just requests, happily confirm by Apostolic authority and strengthen by the protection of this present writing what was done by the same Bishop. We have wanted with these present writings to note down the contents of the same privilege for the greater assurance of yourselves and of the monastery mentioned, and it is, namely:

Hugo, by divine mercy, Bishop of Ostia and Velletri, Legate of the Apostolic See, to the beloved daughters in Christ, to the Abbess of the Monastery of Saint Mary de Monte Lucio in a suburb of the town of Perugia, and to its daughters both present and future who have professed religious life for ever. We should extend our protection to the prudent virgins who, in the habit of religion with lighted lamps, always prepare themselves by works of holiness to go to meet the Bridegroom and with him enter the heavenly nuptials, lest perhaps an attack of any form of boldness may call them back from their profession or damage, may it not




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 340