The Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer - 419 

saints with the mysteries of the Mass, the exhortation of a sermon, the recitation of his miracles, the glory of vestments, the glittering of lights, the sound of bells, the blare of trumpets, the songs and hymns of those praising him, the applause and jubilation of those rejoicing, not to mention the most solemn rites, which would be too long to narrate. He also instituted and ordered that on the day of his death, that is the fourth day of the nones of October, his feast be solemnly celebrated throughout all the regions of the earth, just as he himself later declared in writing. This famous solemnity of the canonization of Blessed Fran- cis was held on Sunday, seventeenth of the calends of August.a

75 In the year of the Lord 1230 a great multitude of brothers from diverse parts of the world gathered at Assisi to celebrate the translation of the same saint as well as a general chapter. The Lord Pope Gregory, their aforementioned most special father, whose personal presence for the celebration of this translation was anticipated as certain, at that time was prevented owing to certain other urgent business of the church. He sent nuncios for the purpose with a personal letter which not only ex- plained as necessary the cause of his unexpected absence, but also an- nounced for sure to his sons, whom he comforted with fatherly affection, that a certain dead man had been brought back to life by blessed Francis.b Also, through the same nuncios he sent a gold cross, priceless owing to its work in gems, but containing wood from the cross of Our Lord more precious than all the gold and gems. Besides this, he sent ornaments and several vessels which pertained to the min- istry of the altar and also vestments which were most fitting for solemn uses. He bestowed all these most precious things upon the Basilica of Blessed Francis, which was being constructed by his authority, and which was exempt from all jurisdiction lower than his own, whose first foundation stone he himself had laid. He also sent other considerable donations for the expenses connected with the construction of the same building and for the coming celebration.c

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


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, 4eiusque festivitatem die obitus sui, id est quarto nonas Octobris, universaliter per totius mundi partes solemniter celebrandam instituit ac mandavit, sicut et ipse suis postmodum litteris declaravit. 5Facta est autem haec ipsa beati Francisci canonizationis praeclara solemnitas die dominico, die kalendarum augusti septimo decimo.

75 1Anno vero Domini millesimo ducentesimo trigesimo, non modica fratrum multitudine pro ipsius, sancti translatione, necnon et generali Capitulo celebrandis ad saepedictam civitatem e diversis mundi partibus adunata, 2iam praefatus eorumdem specialissimus pater, dominus papa Gregorius, cuius certa sperabatur ad hanc translationis solemnitatem praesentia personalis, sed tunc temporis aliis quibusdam urgentibus ecclesiae praepediebatur negotiis, solemnes illuc cum suis litteris nuntios destinavit, 3quibus suae non solum insperatae causam absentiae necessariam declaravit, sed et filiis, quos paterno consolabatur affectu, de quodam mortuo per beatum Franciscum resuscitato certius intimavit. 4Ad haec per eosdem nuntios crucem auream, opere quidem gemmario pretiosam, sed omni auro et gemmis pretiosius lignum Crucis Dominicae complectentem; insuper ornamenta et vasa quaeque ad altaris ministerium pertinentia, necnon et decentissima solemnibus usibus indumenta transmisit. 5Quae omma pretiosissima basilicae beati Francisci, quae ab omni iurisdictione inferiore exempta sua construebatur auctoritate, cuius et ipse primarium lapidem fundamenti posuerat, assignavit; 6sed et alia non modica tam ad eiusdem fabricae quam ad instantis solemnitatis impensas donaria deputavit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 419

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