The Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer - 418 

Chapter XIII

HOW MANY YEARS HE LIVED AFTER HIS CONVERSION; ON WHICH DAY HE DIED; AND UNDER WHICH ROMAN PONTIFFS HE LIVED; AND THE MANNER AND THE TIME OF HIS CANONIZATION AND TRANSLATION.

73A span of twenty years had passed since the glorious confessor and Levite of Christ had first embraced the counsels of evangelical perfection and had run along the way of the mandates Ps 119:32 [Vulgate, Ps 118:32] of the divine law with steady footsteps. Now, this same venerable father left the shipwreck of this world in the year of the Lord’s Incarnation 1226, on Sunday, the fourth day of the nones of October, and was buried, as has been said, in the city of Assisi.

This blessed man had begun his course under the illustrious Lord Pope Innocent III, and he happily completed it 2 Tm 4:7 under his successor, Honorius. Just as the former, as has been said above, agreed with the man of God in all things concerning the institution of the Order, so did the latter, as is touched upon in the Rule, later kindly confirm all things for the same saint. They were happily succeeded by the Lord Pope Gregory, who, of course, while established in a lesser office, had defended the planting of this same religious Order from the out-of-season onslaught of those plucking it. He had nourished it until it took root more firmly, and just like a most faithful gardener had encouraged it to a manifold harvest, with the help of God. Gregory had come to know the most holy father personally, not only as famous for his innumerable and proven miracles, but also for his miraculous manner of life, and had concluded that Francis should be praised the more on earth, as no one doubted he was already glorified in heaven.

74In the year of the Incarnation of the Lord 1228, he held a discussion on the canonization of this same saint with the cardinals and many other prelates of churches. With the assembly of the whole Roman Curia and all the prelates who were then residing at the Curia, not to mention earthly princes and a countless multitude of the people, the pope personally came to Francis’s tomb from Perugia. Then, with the common consent of all, he gloriously enrolled him in the catalog of the

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


Caput XIII

Quot annis post conversionem vixit, qua die transiit, et sub quibus Romanae Sedis Pontificibus cursum suum peregit; de modo et temporibus canonizationis et translationis illius.

73 1Iam viginti annorum spatium erat elapsum, ex quo primum gloriosus Christi confessor et levita Franciscus consiliis evangelicae perfectionis adhaeserat et in via mandatorum divinae legis inoffenso pede cucurrerat. 2Transiit autem venerabilis idem pater ex huius mundi naufragio anno Dominicae Incarnationis millesimo ducentesimo vicesimo sexto, quarto nonas Octobris, die.dominico, sepultus, ut dictum est, in civitate Assisio.

3Coeperat autem cursum suum vir iste beatus sub illustri viro domino papa Innocentio tertio, quem feliciter sub eiusdem successore consummavit Honorio. 4Quorum prior, sicut in omnibus viro Dei, ut supra dictum est, de Ordinis institutione consensit, sic et alter, ut in Regula tangitur, omnia eidem sancto benigne postmodum confirmavit. 5Quibus salubriter dominus Gregorius papa succedens, qui videlicet in minore officio constitutus novellam eiusdem religionis plantationem ab evellentium importuno impulsu defenderat et, donec firmius radicaret nutrierat, 6ac veluti fidelissimus hortulanus ad multimodum cum Dei adiutorio fructum provexerat, ipsum patrem sanctissimum, non solum innumeris et probatis famosum miraculis, verum etiam cuius miraculosam conversationem sensibiliter ipse cognoverat, amplius magnificandum duxit in terris, quem glorificatum iam nemo dubitabat in caelis.

74 1Nam anno Dominicae Incarnationis millesimo ducentesimo vigesimo octavo, habito cum cardinalibus et aliis quam plurimis ecclesiarum praelatis super ipsius sancti canonizatione tractatu, 2cum totius curiae Romanae frequentia et omnium praelatorum qui tunc penes curiam residebant, necnon et principum terrae et infinita populi multitudine, personaliter a civitate Perusina ad sepulcrum illius accessit, 3eumque glorifice cum missarum mysteriis, exhortatione sermonis, miraculorum recitatione, indumentorum gloria, luminarium rutilatione, campanarum sonitu, tubarum clangoribus, laudantium concentu et iubilo, laetantium applausu et tripudio, necnon et maximis, quae longum foret enarrare, solemniis, de communi universorum consensu catalogo sanctorum adscripsit,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 418

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