Provincial Minister to Celebrate Feast of the Portiuncula on August 2

Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., the Provincial Minister of the Franciscans of Holy Name Province, will be the celebrant and homilist at the 5:30 PM Mass on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Feast of the Dedication of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula.

St. Francis had a singular love for this tiny chapel located in the plains below Assisi, known popularly as the Portiuncula,or “little portion.” It is one of three chapels near Assisi that were restored by Francis, and it is regarded as the birthplace and heart of the Franciscan Order.

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the The Pardon of Assisi, a tradition which started on August 1, 1216, when Christ, Our Lady, and angels appeared to St. Francis in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels. As he lay on the ground, St. Francis asked God to grant an indulgence to all pilgrims who would visit the chapel. The following day St.Francis asked Pope Honorius III for his approval and he agreed.

Pope Francis is schedule to make a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels which contains the chapel of the Portiuncula, on August 4 as part of the Year of Mercy.

“The Portiuncula Feast is not only part of a devotional tradition, but it is also part of a Franciscan response to the social ills of the world and is often referred to as ‘the Great Pardon of Assisi,’” Fr. Kevin commented.He went on to say, “remembering the Portiuncula is more than a nostalgic sentiment for a ‘place’ that was loved by Francis. Rather, it is sustaining a living voice that is heard in every Franciscan heart, calling us back to our foundational values and continually sending us forth on our mission within the world. The Portiuncula is a dynamic and living memory that reminds us that we must freely give what we have received: the merciful love of God. We must be witnesses of forgiveness, healing, justice, and peace with our global, national, and local communities.”

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Categories Upcoming Events | Tags: | Posted on July 26, 2016