The Stafford, CT parish of St. Edward the Confessor celebrate the Transitus of St. Francis. There are several traditions of the Transitus, but the critical elements are the readings of Psalm 142, and John 13:1-17. These are readings Francis shared with his brothers at his own time of death. He was laid to rest on October 3, 1226. "From the earliest days of the Franciscan Order, the followers of St. Francis have gathered on the anniversary of his death to celebrate the transitus, that is, St. Francis' passage from earthly life into everlasting life. Here in this place, we, too, gather to celebrate the light which Francis was to his world. But, this celebration is not only a memorial, a remembering of one who has gone before us. It is also a celebration of the spirit of Francis in our midst today, in each of us. This a time when we, inspired by Francis, consider how we can be light for our world." - Opening prayer.
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