franciscan saints

The original seal of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, which dates back to 1217, during the days of Saint Francis himself. Their first headquarters was on Mount Zion, in the place of the Upper Room (the coenaculum). It is for that reason that the Washing of the Feet and the Descent of the Holy Spirit are depicted on the seal, since those events occurred in the Cenacle.

O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walking in Francis’ footsteps, we may follow your Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united with you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.