Masses in Honor of Saint Francis - 349 

Second Mass

1. Introit

Let us all rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate this feast day in honor of the blessed Francis; it is a solemnity which causes the Angels to rejoice, and to praise together the Son of God.a Exult in the Lord, you righteous; praising befits those who are upright. Ps 33:1 [Vulgate, Ps 32:1]

2. Prayer (See First Mass)

3. Epistle (See First Mass)

4. Gradual

The mouths of the just speak wisdom and their lips say what is right.
v/. The law of their God is in their heart, their steps shall be saved from stumbling.b

Alleluia, alleluia
v/. O Patriarch of paupers true,
Francis, amplify by your prayers
The number of those who are yours,
In the charity of Christ;
Whom, crossing your hands and growing
Blind, like Jacob on his death-bed,
You gave your benediction.c

v/. Francis, once poor and meager, enters heaven enriched, and is honored with celestial hymns.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 349