The Legend of Saint Clare - 329 

and the fame of the virgin's virtue resounded more widely from day to day.a Thus, the world itself was looking forward with desire to the canonization of such a virgin. 2At last the Pontiff, prompted by the number of so many signs—as though something singular, began to consider with his cardinals her canonization.

3The miracles were submitted for examination by qualified and prudent persons and the wonders of her life were also brought into discussion. 4Clare was found to have been, while she lived, most brilliant in the exercise of every virtue. 5She was found to be admired after her death for tried and true miracles.

6Then, on the day established for this, when the College of Cardinals had been convened, a gathering of archbishops and bishops was present, a very large number of clergy and religious, as well as the wise and powerful, was in attendance, 7the Supreme Pontiff proposed this salutary business in their midst and sought the judgment of the prelates. Everyone, expressing immediately a favorable reply, said that Clare, whom God had glorified in heaven, should be glorified on earth.

8On a day close to the second anniversary of her passing over to the Lord, before a crowd of prelates and all the clergy, the happy Alexander, for whom this grace had been reserved by the Lord, after delivering the sermon, inscribed Clare with the greatest solemnity in the catalogue of saints 9and solemnly ordained that her feast be celebrated throughout the entire Church. 10He himself was the first to most solemnly celebrate it with the entire Curia.

11These things occurred in the Cathedral of Anagni in the one thousandth, two-hundred and fifty-fifth year of the Incarnation of the Lord, in the first year of the pontificate of Lord Alexander.

12To the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.
The Conclusion of the Legend of the Virgin, Saint Clare




Legenda Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2449-2450

et de die in diem fama virtutum Virginis latius insonaret, canonizationem tantae Virginis ipse iam mundus cum desiderio expectabat. 2Dictus denique Pontifex, tantorum turba signorum quasi in rem insolitam excitatus, de canonizatione eius una cum Cardinalibus coepit habere tractatum.

3Committuntur personis solemnibus et discretis examinanda miracula, vitae quoque magnalia discutienda traduntur. 4Invenitur Clara, dum viveret, omnium virtutum exercitio clarissima; 5invenitur post transitum veris et probatis miraculis admiranda.

6Die enim ad hoc statuta, cum coetus Cardinalium convenisset, Archiepiscoporum et Episcoporum conventus adesset, Cleri concio ac religiosorum, sapientum quoque et potentum plurima multitudo assisteret, 7summo Pontifice illud salubre negotium in medium proponente, ac Praelatorum iudicium sciscitante, universi prompto favore propensius annuentes, Claram dicunt clarificandam in terris, quam Deus clarificavit in excelsis.

8Instante vero die migrationis eius ad Dominum, duobus annis ab ipsius transitu revolutis, Praelatorum et totius Cleri multitudine convocata, sermone quoque praemisso, felix Alexander, cui haec a Domino fuerat gratia reservata, cum celebritate permaxima Sanctorum cathalogo Claram reverenter ascripsit, 9festumque eius solemniter, in tota Ecclesia celebrandum instituit, atque ipse primus cum tota Curia solemnissime celebravit.

10Acta sunt autem haec apud Anagniam in ecclesia maiori, anno dominicae Incarnationis MCCLV, Pontificatus Domini Alexandri anno primo;

11ad laudem Domini nostri Jesu Christi
cum Patre et Spiritu Sancto vivit et regnat
in saecula saeculorum.

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 329