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 The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 257 

themselves. Finally, an entire group of people of both sexes obtained much-desired relief from an assortment of afflictions.

At last, the site of the manger was consecrated as a temple to the Lord. In honor of the most blessed father Francis, an altar was constructed over the manger, and a church was dedicated.

This was done
so that where animals once ate the fodder of the hay, Dn 5:21
there humans henceforth
for healing of body and soul
would eat the flesh
of the immaculate and spotless lamb,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for us Ti 2:14
with supreme and indescribable love,
who lives and rules with the Father and the Holy Spirit as God,
eternally glorious forever and ever.
Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Here ends the first book of the life and deeds of blessed Francis.

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 362-363


de praedicto foeno sibi superimponentes, partu pariunt salutari: atque a diversis cladibus utriusque sexus concursus desideratam ibidem obtinent sanitatem.

4Consecratus est denique locus praesaepii templum Domino, et in honorem beatissimi patris Francisci supra praesaepe altare construitur et ecclesia dedicatur,

5ut ubi animalia quandoque foeni pabulum comederunt,
ibi de caetero ad sanitatem animae ac corporis
manducent homines carnes
agni immaculati et incontaminati
Iesu Christi Domini nostri,
6qui summa et ineffabili charitate
dedit seipsum nobis,
cum Patre ac Spiritu sancto vivens et regnans Deus
aeternaliter gloriosus per cuncta saecula saeculorum.
Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 257

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