Liturgical Texts for the Feast of the Stigmata of Saint Francis - 664 


  1. 1C 90.
  2. Cf. André Vauchez, "The Stigmata of Saint Francis and Its Medieval Detractors," GR 13(1999): 61-89.
  3. Arnald of Sarrant, ChrXXIV 528: "In eodem autem capitulo [Caturci] fuit institutum, ut fieret festum de sacris beati Francisci stigmatibus per Ordinem universum [In that same Chapter—of Cahors—it was decided that the Feast of the Sacred Stigmata of Blessed Francis would be celebrated throughout the entire Order."
  4. Cf. Ferdinand M. Delorme, "Actus et Constitutiones Capituli Generalis Assisiensis (1340)," AFH 6 (1913): 255; also Ferdinand Doelle, "De institutione festi SS. Stigmatum e Cod. Wratislaviensi narratio," AFH 3 (1910): 169.
  5. How widespread was this celebration is unknown. A fourteenth-century manuscript of a Franciscan missal in the Bodelian Library, Oxford, England, contains no reference to the existence of such a feast. Cf. Veronica Condon, Ms. Douce 313 (Victoria, Australia: Spectrum Publications, 1979), 6-7.
  6. Of the approximately 200 surviving paintings of Francis from Italy before ca.1320, at least eight show Francis without stigmata. As far as can be determined, none is of Franciscan provenance. Several come from Benedictine commissions and at least one is Dominican. The latest of these images dates from ca.1300 and was perhaps from the cathedral of Florence; it is currently in the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts. For these paintings, see William R. Cook, Images of St. Francis of Assisi in Painting, Stone and Glass from the Earliest Images to c.1320 in Italy: A Catalogue, (Florence: Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki, 1999). Those images without the stigmata are #4, 40, 59, 103, 108, 128, 134, 193. Those of secure Benedictine provenance are #40 (Bominaco, Abruzzi), #103 (Montelabate, Umbria), #193 (Subiaco, Lazio). The Dominican image is now in the Yale University Museum of Art in New Haven, CT.
  7. Cf. 3C 8, FA:ED II 405.
  8. Ferdinand Doelle, "De institutione festi SS. Stigmatum e Cod. Wratislaviensi narratio," AFH 3 (1910): 169.
  9. DBF 65, cf. infra 559-561.
  10. Writing of his election Wadding states: Illud vero praecipuum indulsit, ut de sancti Francisci Stigmatobus officium fieret ecclesiasticum sub ritu duplici, et anniversaria colerentur solemnitate [He granted that unique request that there be an ecclesiastical Office celebrated for the Stigmata of Saint Francis and its anniversaries celebrated with solemnity]. Luke Wadding, Annales Minorum ad an. 1304, n. 14 (VI, 39).
  11. Luke Wadding, Annales Minorum, ad an. 1337, n. 4 (VII, 204).
  12. United States Catholic Conference, The Roman Calendar: Text and Commentary (Washington, D.C: Publications Office United States Catholic Conference, 1976), 92. Cf. Omer Englebert, Saint Francis of Assisi: A Biography, trans. Eve Marie Cooper, 2nd ed. (Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1965), 311-2. Proper Offices of Franciscan Saints and Blesseds in the Liturgy of the Hours, trans. and edited by Friars of the Franciscan Liturgical Projects (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1975), 286.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 664