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vision of st francis


As Thomas of Celano tells us in the Second Life of St. Francis, “what is a very special source of joy is the fact that he chose her (Mary) as the Patroness of his order; and he entrusted to her shielding mantle his children whom he was to leave that she might guard and protect them unto the end.”

In 1910 Pope St. Pius X permitted the members of the three orders of St. Francis to add to the Litany of Loreto the invocation: “Queen of the Franciscan Order, pray for us!”  And in 1950 Pope Pius XII granted them a special feast, with a proper office and Mass, honoring Our Lady as Queen of the Franciscan Order.

The day chosen for this feast is December 15, formerly the octave day of the Immaculate Conception. The children of St. Francis through the centuries have always distinguished themselves by their devotion to Mary and by their efforts to promote this devotion among the faithful.



edited by Marion Habig, ofm

Copyright 1959  Franciscan Herald Press

used with written permission from the publisher