An Umbrian Choir Legend - 478 

cry of all peoples and, with the clanging bells and the blare of trumpets, the earth resounds. The air is filled with jubilation and the ground is soaked with tears. The day is breaking, colored with radiant sunbeams. There are green branches of olive and fresh boughs of other trees. There all are dressed in festive clothing, shining brightly, while the blessing of peace gladdens the spirits. Pope Gregory comes down from the throne, and with his blessed lips kisses the tomb holding the sacred body dedicated to God. He offers many prayers and celebrates the sacred mysteries. All the people echo the praises of God and offer gifts of thanks to His saint. These things happened in the twelve hundredth twenty-eighth year of the Incarnation, in the second year of the pontificate of the Lord Pope Gregory, on the seventeenth day of the calends of August.

11 Two years after these events the body of the most holy father was transferred from the place where it was first buried to the church newly constructed in his honor outside the city walls. For there was also a general chapter being celebrated there for such great solemnities and the greatest crowd of brothers gathered there from all parts of the world. Such a great crowd of people had gathered there from different parts of the world that the city was not able to contain them, and they filled the surrounding fields and roads.

But the Lord Pope Gregory was prevented from attending such great solemnity because of other urgent business of the Church, and sent nuncios for the purpose with a personal letter explaining the causes of his absence.

He also sent the Basilica of Blessed Francis a gold cross adorned with precious stones, in which there was enclosed wood from the Lord's cross. He also sent ornaments and several vessels pertaining to the ministry of the altar, including some ceremonial vestments that were very expensive.

He exempted the church itself, in which he had placed the first foundation stone, from all jurisdiction lower than his own.

Thanks be to God.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 478