HAIL HOLY LADY


by Saint Francis of Assisi FOUNDER OF THE FRIARS MINOR, CONFESSOR—1181-1226 

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin.
You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven,
consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace.
Hail His Tabernacle.
Hail His Robe.
Hail His Handmaid.
Hail, His Mother.
and Hail, all holy Virtues, who, by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state, they may be made faithful servants of God through you. 

*Saint Francis of Assisi died on October 3, 1226. Death was not something that simply “happened” to Francis, but a human reality that the saint of Assisi embraced as his sister. In the song which he wrote praising God for creation, Francis added the line:

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,From whose embrace no mortal can escape.Woe to those who die in mortal sin!Happy those she finds doing your will!The second death can do them no harm.Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks. And serve him with great humility.

Saint Francis saw Sister Death as a natural part of life through which we transition to continue our life with God. It was sad for him to say goodbye but he was ready. He even had one of his closest friends, Lady Jacoba, come from Rome and bring him some grey material for a habit in which to buried, candles for his funeral…. and, umm, some of those really good almond cookies that he liked so much! When the friars went to go get Jacoba the found her already on the road toward Assisi with all those things her friend wanted before he died. 

photo:necspenecmetu:
Attributed to Agostino Carracci, The Last Communion of Saint Francis, c. 1596

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