THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU AMONG WOMEN

by Saint Francis of Assisi 
Feast Day October 4

Holy Virgin Mary, 
there is none like you among women born in the world. 
Daughter and handmaid of the heavenly Father, 
the almighty King, 
Mother of our most high Lord Jesus Christ, 
and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, 
pray for us to your most holy Son, 
our Lord and Master.
Hail holy Lady, 
most noble Queen, 
Mother of God, 
and Mary ever Virgin. 
You were chosen by the heavenly Father, 
who has been pleased to honour you 
with the presence of his most holy Son 
and the Divine Paraclete.
You were blessed with the fulness of grace and goodness. 
Hail, Temple of God, 
His dwelling place, 
His masterpiece, 
His handmaid. 
Hail, Mother of God, 
I venerate you for the holy virtues that,
through the grace and light of the Holy Spirit,
you bring into the hearts 
of your devoted ones
to change them from unfaithful Christians 
to faithful children of God.

Amen.
Saint Francis Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
*St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco ("the Frenchman") by his father, 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares.Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history
Saint Francis' feast day is observed on October 4. A secondary feast in honor of the stigmata received by St Francis, celebrated on September 17, was inserted in the General Roman Calendar in 1585 (later than the Tridentine Calendar) and suppressed in 1604, but was restored in 1615. In the New Roman Missal of 1969, it was removed, as something of a duplication of the main feast on October 4, from the General Calendar and left to the calendars of certain localities and of the Franciscan Order. Wherever the traditional Roman Missal is used, however, the feast of the Stigmata remains in the General Calendar.
photo: Domenico Piola, Madonna and Child with Saint Francis, 17th century
Madonna and Child, St Francis of Assisi by Carlo Crivelli
Start Date: 1471
Completion Date:1472
Style: Early Renaissance
Gallery: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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