2019 Invitation from Our Student Friars
Each year, on the evening of October 3rd, our Franciscan family throughout the world pauses to celebrate the Solemnity of our Holy Father Francis’ Transitus, as a reminder to renew our own commitment to follow Christ, in the way of the poor man of Assisi. We student friars and our friars of our Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD) invite you to come celebrate this special evening with us.
Transitus of Saint Francis
Thursday ~ October 3, 2019 ~ 7:30 p.m.
The Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, MD
The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi ~ October 3rd
The Solemnity of Our Seraphic Father Francis ~ October 4th
Known as the Transitus (Latin: crossing/passage), the Vigil of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated by Franciscans all over the world with prayer, scripture readings, joyful songs of praise and thanksgiving. It is the night commemorating the death (in 1226) of our beloved Seraphic Father, as he crossed over from life on earth to eternal life with the Lord. Just as with all of the saints, he holds a special place in the Body of Christ, of which Christ is the Head (Colossians 1:18). Through intercessory prayers, saints in heaven (members of the Church who have arrived at perfect union with Christ) play an integral role in the life of the Church, by praying for those still on our earthly pilgrimage of faith.
Traditionally the celebration of a Saints’ Feast Day is marking the date of the saint’s death and is remembered by the faithful with special mention, prayers, and scripture readings. For Franciscans, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th) is so much more. It is a day filled with celebration and joy, including the traditional Blessing of the Animals and gatherings of fellowship with our brothers and sisters, in Christ. Join our friars for the celebrations surrounding the Feast Day. To find contact information for our ministry nearest to you, please visit our Locations page.
For the past several years, the celebration held at our Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD) has been co-hosted by our student friars studying at The Catholic University of America.