The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica


Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.

O God the Father, of heaven:
have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world:
O God, the Holy Ghost:
O Holy Trinity, one God:
have mercy upon us.

Holy Mary:
Pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin:
Mother and Mistress of our Order:
Pray for us.

St. Clare, first-born of thy Order:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, spouse of the Crucified:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, lover of the Blessed Sacrament:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, lover of the Sacred Heart:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, lover of the Sacred Wounds:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, lover of the Sacred Name:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, lover of the Sacred Gospel:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, to thy mother forenamed "resplendent":
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent with the light of Jesus:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent in thy noble heritage:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent in thy renunciation thereof:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent in clinging to the altar as thy portion:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent as first abbess of a great Order:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent in putting the Saracens to flight:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent in reparation for the sins of the world:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, resplendent in wondrous miracles:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, little plant of St. Francis:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, princess of the poor:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, duchess of the humble:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, mistress of the chaste:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, abbess of the penitent:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, alabaster box of ointment broken at the feet of Jesus:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, received at death by a choir of virgins:
Pray for us.
St. Clare, censer of sweet perfume filling heaven and earth:
Pray for us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world:
spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world:
graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world:
have mercy upon us.

V. Pray for us, O blessed Clare. (Alleluia).
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. (Alleluia).

Let us pray.
[Then one or more of the following Collects is said under one ending]
O God who hast raised up blessed Clare as a shining lamp of holiness to lighten the way before a multitude of virgins: by her merits and prayers grant to us who do call to mind her commemoration, that in this life we may walk in thy light, and in the life to come, may forever enjoy the light of thy countenance. [Through Christ our Lord.] Amen.

We beseech thee, O Lord, that like as we do celebrate the memory of blessed Clare thy Virgin: so she may intercede for us; and that we may become partakers with her of eternal joy and joint heirs of thy Only-Begotten Son. [Who livest and reignest forever and ever.] Amen.

O God, who hast filled the world with the splendid virtues of blessed Clare, thy Virgin, by whom thou hast also increased thy Church with a new offspring: be pleased to grant; that we may so follow in her steps as to attain unto the splendor of her eternal glory. [Through Christ our Lord.] Amen.


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