Consider deepening your Franciscan spirituality in Lent by praying the Office of the Passion of St. Francis of Assisi.
The office was written by St. Francis of Assisi, and he prayed it seven times daily. St. Clare was also fond of it and prayed it frequently.
“It is also—by way of a very insightful commentary—a book that can help us learn more about Francis’ spirituality. It helps us to understand what was in Francis’ heart when he chose certain psalms and when he composed the beautiful antiphons, prayers and praises,” Jan Parker, OFS, national minister said.
“It truly helps us get into the heart of Francis and can help us understand his relationship with God,” she said.
The original version is a red hardcover called The Geste of the Great King. A more recent version of the book has a more colorful cover and is called the Office of the Passion of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Both books feature in-depth commentaries that contain the literal translation, faithful to Francis’ original prayer.
“Learning more about this little office helped me feel very close to Francis as I pray it. What a gift to ‘pray as Francis prayed,’” Jan said.
You may order the “Office of the Passion” directly from the OFS-USA. Cost $25 includes shipping. Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. We have a limited supply at this discounted price. To order or more details send a request by email nec.ofs.usa@gmail. Copies are also available from Tau Publishing
. An online version is available at iBreviary