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citizen of Assisi. In the Rule which he composed he prescribes that "the brothers may not make anything their own, neither house, nor place, nor anything at all. As pilgrims and strangers in this world, serving the Lord in poverty and humility," they are to go about the entire world. The aforesaid Pope Honorius confirmed this Rule. At the same time the Order of Jacobites, founded in the region of Spain by a certain man named Dominic, spread throughout the earth; these at a later time chose for themselves the name of Preachers.

These two Orders were received with great joy by both the Church and the people because of the novelty of their way of life, and they began to preach everywhere the name of Christ. The unaccustomed novelty of their life drew many noblemen and young students into these orders, so much so that within a few years they had filled the earth. One can indeed say that there is hardly a city or prominent town in Christendom in which these orders have not erected a house, having thus chosen to lead a religious life in the midst of humanity.

Danish Chronicle (c.1275-1285)

The author of this chronicle, which ends with the year 1282, has the following account under the year 1226. This account attests to the dissemination of the liturgical texts of the Feast of Francis to far-flung regions of Europe, as it is simply a pastiche of quotations from these sources.a

In that same year [1226], Saint Francis, freed from the fetters of this mortal life, blessedly departed to Christ, on the fourth day of the Nones of October, a Sunday; by then he had spent twenty years perfectly adhering to Christ.

This saint was a native of the city of Assisi. In the thirteenth year of his conversion, he traveled to the region of Syria, hurrying to the Sultan. Assaulted and beaten he preached Christ; and was sent back by the infidels to the camp of the faithful . . . Filled with the simplicity of a dove, he urged all creatures toward the love of the Creator. He used to preach to the birds, which heard him and allowed him to touch them; nor would they leave until he dismissed them.

Two years before he gave back his soul to heaven, in the vision of God, he saw above him the Crucified One, who clearly impressed on him the signs of his crucifixion, so that Francis, too, appeared crucified. His hands, feet, and side were marked with the stamp of the cross, whose marks were manifest in him.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 826