Each year on the third evening of October, we ritually remember the passing of St. Francis of Assisi from this life into God. To ritually revisit the story of Francis’ passing is vital; without it something significant is missing. It specifies the living memory of Francis; it intensifies our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the poor man of Assisi.
Below are Three variations of the Celebration of the Transitus, plus an inspiring YouTube Video.
Transitus-Service-In-Home – [Author unknown, adapted by Deacon Dave & Thérèse Ream, O.F.S., February 19, 2018]
Transitus-of-St-Francis [adapted from Pearl McGill, T.S.S.F., a Tertiary of the Western Australia Region; sources used: Francis of Assisi: Early Documents (Vol. 1: The Saint; Vol. II: The Founder; Vol. III: The Prophet), Editors: Regis Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap.; J.A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv.; and William J. Short, O.F.M., 1999 – 2001; The Words of St. Francis by James Meyer, O.F.M.,1982; Compiled by Deacon Dave & Thérèse Ream, O.F.S., Revised July 2017.]
Three Readings (from Celano and Bonaventure, John 13:1-17, Psalm 142) and Prayers
The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi
YouTube Video – 6 minutes of beautiful scenes and illustrations with music