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Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula

The word Portiuncula means “little portion”.  Among Franciscans throughout the world, this word Portiuncula refers to the humble chapel outside of the town of Assisi, which Francis of Assisi considered the cradle of the Franciscan Order.  The chapel dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels was a Benedictine chapel; they generously gave that “small portion” of land to Francis and his followers.  Hence, the Portiuncula!  There, Francis gathered with the early few followers to foster Franciscanism.  Later in the 16th century, the small Portiuncula chapel was enclosed in a massive basilica, known as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels to this very day.  Franciscans celebrate this date of August 2nd as the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica.  Francis himself so loved this chapel that he asked that his dying body be brought there where he died at sunset on October 3rd, 1224.  While the feast of the dedication of the Portiuncula is not celebrated by all Catholics, Franciscans celebrate the feast both in their friaries and parishes.  Mass will be Thursday, August 2nd at 8:00 a.m. followed by coffee and sweet rolls in Heritage Hall for our Secular Franciscans and for all others who come to Mass here at St. Augustine that day.

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