Forgiveness of Assisi: Franciscan Sources, Prayer of Forgiveness

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Origin of the feast of pardon of Assisi, Franciscan sources tell of the prayer of Saint Francis and what the faithful must do to obtain this particular grace also known as the indulgence of the Porziuncola.


Feast forgiveness Assisi

Franciscan sources tell of a supernatural event that happened in San Francesco on a night in the year 1216, while he was immersed in prayer inside the Porziuncola as he used to do.

Christ and His Mother Mary Most Holy appeared to the Saint with a host of angels, surrounded by radiant light.


It was from this vision of the Saint that the Feast of Forgiveness of Assisi originated.

In fact St. Francis, to the question asked by Jesus on what he wished for the salvation of souls, replied:

"I pray that all those who, repentant and confessed, will come to visit this church, obtain ample and generous forgiveness, with a complete remission of all sins".


The prayer was accepted by Jesus on the condition that Saint Francis request it from the Pope.

It was Pope Honorius III who approved this Indulgence on August 2, 1216.

Initially the Indulgence concerned only the church of the Porziuncola, afterwards it was extended to all the Franciscan churches and subsequently to all the parish churches.


From noon on August 1st to midnight on August 2nd, the Plenary indulgence of the Porziuncola can be obtained only once by practicing the following requirements:

- Sacramental Confession, which can also be made in the previous or following eight days.

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- Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharistic Communion.

- Visit to the church of the Porziuncola in Assisi or, alternatively, to a parish church or a Franciscan church where one must renew one's faith by reciting a Creed and a Our Father to reaffirm one's dignity as children of God, received in Baptism.

- A prayer according to the Pope's intentions by reciting at least one of our Father, an Ave or Maria and a Glory to the Father.

It is possible to request indulgence for themselves or for the souls of the deceased.

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