A Letter to the Entire Order - 117 

God. 7Observe His commands with your whole heart and fulfill His counsels with a perfect mind. 8Give praise to Him because He is good; Ps 136:1 [Vulgate, Ps 135:1] exalt Him by your deeds; Tb 13:6 9for this reason He has sent you into the whole world: that you may bear witness to His voice in word and deed and bring everyone to know that there is no one who is all-powerful except Him. 10Persevere in discipline Tb 13:4 Heb 12:7 and holy obedience and, with a good and firm purpose, fulfill what you have promised Him. 11The Lord God offers Himself to us as to His children. Heb 12:7

12Kissing your feet, therefore, and with all that love of which I am capable, I implore all of you brothers to show all possible reverence and honor to the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ 13in Whom that which is in heaven and on earth has been brought to peace and reconciled to almighty God. Col 1:20

14I also beg in the Lord all my brothers who are priests, or who will be, or who wish to be priests of the Most High that whenever they wish to celebrate Mass, being pure, they offer the true Sacrifice of the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ with purity and reverence, with a holy and unblemished intention, not for any worldly reason or out of fear or love of anyone, as if they were pleasing people. Eph 6:6 Col 3:22 15But let all their will, as much as grace helps, be directed to God, desiring, thereby, to please only the Most High Lord Himself because He alone acts there as He pleases, 16for He Himself says: Do this in memory of me. Lk 22:19 1 Cor 11:24 If anyone acts differently, he becomes Judas the traitor and guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. 1 Cor 11:27

17My priest brothers, remember what is written in the law of Moses: whoever committed a transgression against even externals died without mercy by a decree of the Lord. 18How much greater Heb 10:28 and more severe will the punishment be of the one who tramples on the Son of God, and who treats the Blood of the Covenant in which he was sanctified as unclean and who insults the Spirit of grace? Heb 10:29 a 19For a person looks down upon, defiles and tramples upon the Lamb of God when, as the Apostle says, not distinguishing and discerning the holy bread of Christ from other foods or actions, 1 Cor 11:29 he either unworthily or, even if he is worthy, eats It in vain and unworthily since the Lord says through the prophet: The person is cursed who does the work of the Lord deceitfully. Jer 48:10 20He will, in truth, condemn priests who do not wish to take this to heart, saying: I will curse your blessings. Mal 2:2

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Epistola toti ordina missa una cum oratione..., Fontes Franciscani, p. 99-101


7Servate in toto corde vestro mandata eius et consilia eius perfecta mente implete. 8Confitemini ei quoniam bonus et exaltate eum in operibus vestris; 9quoniam ideo misit vos in universo mundo, ut verbo et opere detis testimonium voci eius et faciatis scire omnes, quoniam non est omnipotens praeter eum. 10In disciplina et obedientia sancta perseverate et quae promisistis ei bono et firmo proposito adimplete. 11Tamquam filiis offert se nobis Dominus Deus.

12Deprecor itaque omnes vos fratres cum osculo pedum et ea caritate, qua possum, ut omnem reverentiam et omnem honorem, quantumcumque poteritis, exhibeatis sanctissimo corpori et sanguini Domini nostri Jesu Christi, 13in quo quae in caelis et quae in terris sunt, pacificata sunt et reconciliata omnipotenti Deo.

14Rogo etiam in Domino omnes fratres meos sacerdotes, qui sunt et erunt et esse cupiunt sacerdotes Altissimi, quod quandocumque missam celebrare voluerint, puri pure faciant cum reverentia verum sacrificium sanctissimi corporis et sanguinis Domini nostri Jesu Christi sancta intentione et munda non pro ulla terrena re neque timore vel amore alicuius hominis, quasi placentes hominibus; 15sed omnis voluntas, quantum adiuvat gratia ad Deum dirigatur soli ipsi summo Domino inde placere desiderans quia ipse ibi solus operatur sicut sibi placet; 16quoniam sicut ipse dicit: Hoc facite in meam commemorationem, si quis aliter fecerit, Judas traditor efficitur et reus fit corporis et sanguinis Domini.

17Recordamini fratres mei sacerdotes, quod scriptum est de lege Moysi, quam transgrediens etiam in corporalibus sine ulla miseratione per sententiam Domini moriebatur. 18Quanto maiora et deteriora meretur pati supplicia, qui Filium Dei conculcaverit et sanguinem testamenti pollutum duxerit, in quo sanctificatus est, et Spiritui gratiae contumeliam fecerit. 19Despicit enim homo, polluit et conculcat Agnum Dei, quando, sicut dicit apostolus, non diiudicans et discernens sanctum panem Christi ab aliis cibariis vel operibus vel indignus manducat vel etiam, si esset dignus, vane et indigne manducat, cum Dominus per prophetam dicat: Maledictus homo qui opus Dei facit fraudulenter. 20Et sacerdotes, qui nolunt hoc ponere super cor in veritate condemnat dicens: Maledicam benedictionibus vestris.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 117