The Crucifix of San Damiano
Damiano Cross is the one St. Francis was praying before when
the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church
of San Damiano.
"Go Francis, and repair my Church which, as you see
is falling into ruin"
In Holy Week of 1957, it was placed on public view for the first
time, over the new
Altar in San Giorgio's Chapel, in the Basilica
of St Clare in Assisi.
prayer of St. Francis before this crucifix:
All-highest, Glorious God,
cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith,
and profound humility,
with wisdom and perception,
o Lord, so that I may do
what is truly your holy will.
here for: Life of St. Francis
|St. Francis was born at Assisi in 1182. After a care free
youth, he turned his back on inherited wealth and committed
himself to God. Like many early saints, he lived a very simple
life of poverty. He gained a reputation of being
the friend of animals. He established the rule of St Francis,
which exists today as the Order of St. Francis, or the Franciscans.
He died in 1226, aged 44.
1182 Born in Assisi to Pietro of Bernadone and Madonna Pica.
1978 Recognition of the Relics and the visit by Pope John Paul II
1205 His conversion at San Damiano.
1206 Disinherited by his father.
1210 Approval of the Franciscan Order by Innocent III.
1219 Preached in Egypt among Crusaders and Muslims.
1223 Institutes the Crib at Greccio (Rieti)
1224 Receives The Stigmata on Mount La Verna (Arezzo)
1225 Writes the Canticle of Brother Sun
1226 Dies at Santo Maria Degli Angeli (Assisi)
1228 Canonized in Assisi
1228 First stone of the new church is laid
1230 Body is transferred to the new Basilca