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 The Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer - 417 

72The night on which the saint died was made solemn by the bright torches of a great multitude of people praising God until morning, Jn 21:4 when the entire commune of Assisi came together with all those who had gathered in great numbers from the surrounding areas. Then the sacred body was raised aloft and honorably carried to the accompaniment of hymns, praises and the sound of trumpets. Carrying out the sacred funeral rites in solemn fashion, they took tree branches Jn 12:13 Mt 21:8 in their hands.

His sons, moreover, carrying their devoted father, stopped at the Church of San Damiano, which, as we have said, was the first he had built.a They showed him to his daughters, that is, the Poor Ladies and holy virgins, whom he had planted there. Behold their pious mother, the first seedling of that Order, “Clare” in fact and in name,b after she—together with her daughters—was allowed to see the body of the most dear father began to weep pitiably over him. Zec 12:10 For her, among all mortals, the solace of which she was deprived was so certainly irreplaceable. But the rest also lamented, as much as was allowed their virginal modesty; and finally, one by one they kissed his hands which were adorned with the most precious gems. Thus, with the greatest grief, they released him to be carried out, as was proper.

Then the most sacred body was carried into the city and buried in the place where he had first learned his letters as a little boy and where he had later preached for the first time, with the result that it was clear that a happy beginning, an even happier middle, and the happiest end had suitably come together through this body into one single height of glory.

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Iuliani de Spira Officium Sancti Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p.


72 1Facta est igitur nox illa, in qua sanctus decessit, in divinis laudibus, in multitudine populi et luminarium claritate solemnis, donec, mane facto, cum universis qui ex circumiacentibus locis copiose confluxerant, illic civitatis Assisii communitas tota convenit. 2Sublatum ergo sacrum corpus cum hymnis et laudibus tubarumque clangoribus honorifice detulerunt, et sacras exsequias solemniter exsequentes, ramos arborum nihilominus in manibus acceperunt.

3Portantes autem filii pium patrem, ad ecclesiam Sancti Damiani, quam primam, ut dictum est, ipse construxerat, substiterunt; 4eumque filiabus ipsius, quas ibidem plantaverat, pauperibus videlicet Dominabus et sacris virginibus, ostenderunt. 5Et ecce pia mater illarum, prima scilicet illius religionis planta, re Clara et nomine, ad videndum corpus dilectissimi patris cum filiabus admissa, coepit miserande nimium plangere super illum, nimirum cui ex cunctis mortalibus tam irrecuperabile subtrahebatur solatium. 6Sed et caeterae, quantum pudori virgineo licuit, complanxerunt; 7tandemque singulae manus illius pretiosissimis gemmis ornatas deosculatae sunt; et sic efferendum, prout oportuit, cum dolore permaximo dimiserunt.

8Tunc perlatum est in civitatem corpus sanctissimum et in loco, ubi primum litteras puerulus ipse didicerat, ubique postmodum primitus praedicaverat, est sepultum, 9ut convenienter felix initium mediumque felicius ac felicissimam consummationem per hoc sibi confluxisse pateret in unum gloriae cumulum.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 417

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