#64 – Francis and the Portiuncula

Today we look at the history of the Portiuncula, its importance in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and the many blessings offered to us through the Portiuncula Indulgence.

Links:
Portiuncula at Catholic Encyclopedia
Official Website of the Portiuncula
Portiuncula Indulgence – There are also some pictures of Saint Francis receiving the indulgence from Pope Honorious III and proclaiming the indulgence to the people.

The SaintCast

Prayer for Faith, Grace, and the Intercession of Our Lady of the Angels
Heavenly Father, you filled the heart of Saint Francis with a special love for the Mother of your Son, Jesus and for the Portiuncula. In this hallwed place you nourished his spiritual life and inspired him to found the Franciscan Order. Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Angels may we be steadfast in our faith and remain true to you. Grant us the faith and grace always to do your will. Grant this through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Prayer to Our Lady of the Angels
O Virgin of the Angels, who has for centuries
established your throne of mercy at the
Porziuncula, hear the prayer of your children,
who trust in you. From this truly holy place and
the habitation of the Lord, so dear to the heart
of saint Francis, you have always invited all men
to love.
Your tender eyes assure us of a never failing
motherly help and a promise of divine help to
all those who humbly have recourse to your th-
rone, or who from afar, turn to you to ask for
help.
You are, indeed, our sweet Queen and our
only hope.
O Lady of the Angels, obtain for us, through
the intercession of blessed Francis, pardon for
our sins, help us to keep away from sin and
indifference, so that we shall be worthy of cal-
ling you our Mother for evermore.
Bless our homes, our toil and our rest, by
giving us that same serenity we experience
within the walls of the Porziuncula, where hate,
guilt and tears turn into a song of joy like that
once was sung by the Angels and the seraphic
Francis.
Help those who are in need and hungry,
those who are in danger of body and soul,
those who are sad and downhearted, those
who are sick and dying.
Bless us, your most beloved children, and, we
pray you, bless also with the same motherly
gesture, all those who are innocent, together
with those are guilty; those who are faithful,
together with those who have gone astray;
those who believe, together with those who are
in doubt. Bless all humanity, so that all men
acknowledging that they are God’s children,
would find through love, real Peace and real
Good.
Amen.

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