St. Francis of Assisi – October 4, 2021

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Saint Francis of Assisi, the acclaimed Catholic friar, philosopher, mystic, and teacher, is celebrated by the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi every October 4. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor and the women’s Order of Saint Clare, among many others. This saint led a colorful and interesting life before devoting his life to God and becoming one of the most renowned Christians of all time. To celebrate him and commemorate his journey to the afterlife, the town of Assisi lights oil lamps for two days. Religious services are held and some children even bring their pets to be blessed on this day.

History of St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi, the acclaimed Catholic friar, philosopher, mystic, and teacher, is celebrated by the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi every October 4. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor and the women’s Order of Saint Clare, among many others. This saint led a colorful and interesting life before devoting his life to God and becoming one of the most renowned Christians of all time. To celebrate him and commemorate his journey to the afterlife, the town of Assisi lights oil lamps for two days. Religious services are held and some children even bring their pets to be blessed on this day.

Saint Francis of Assisi, the acclaimed Catholic friar, philosopher, mystic, and teacher, is celebrated by the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi every October 4. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor and the women’s Order of Saint Clare, among many others. This saint led a colorful and interesting life before devoting his life to God and becoming one of the most renowned Christians of all time. To celebrate him and commemorate his journey to the afterlife, the town of Assisi lights oil lamps for two days. Religious services are held and some children even bring their pets to be blessed on this day.

Saint Francis of Assisi, the acclaimed Catholic friar, philosopher, mystic, and teacher, is celebrated by the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi every October 4. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor and the women’s Order of Saint Clare, among many others. This saint led a colorful and interesting life before devoting his life to God and becoming one of the most renowned Christians of all time. To celebrate him and commemorate his journey to the afterlife, the town of Assisi lights oil lamps for two days. Religious services are held and some children even bring their pets to be blessed on this day.

St. Francis of Assisi timeline

1181/1182
Francis of Assisi is Born

Francis is born to a wealthy cloth merchant in Italy.

1223
Francis Arranges the First Nativity Scene

St. Francis of Assisi is credited with setting up the first live nativity scene in honor of Christmas — much like the nativity scenes you see today!

October 3, 1226
Death of St. Francis of Assisi

After spending the last few years of his life almost completely blind, St. Francis of Assisi dies in 1226 as he recites Psalm 141 or Psalm 142, according to differing sources.

July 16, 1228
St. Francis of Assisi Canonized

Only two years after his death, the Catholic Church (specifically, Pope Gregory IX) recognizes him as a saint — the next day, the Pope lays the foundation for the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi.

1978
Remains Confirmed and Re-Entombed

After his hidden burial place is first discovered in 1818, a new, neo-classical style crypt is created and, in 1978, his remains are tested and confirmed by the Pope’s commission of scholars and he is put in a glass urn within the old tomb.

St. Francis of Assisi FAQs

Are there other holidays on October 4?

Yes! October 4 is also National Golf Lovers Day, National Taco Day, National Vodka Day, and World Animal Day.

 

Are there other National holidays about Catholic saints?

Yes! For example, St. Andrew’s Day falls on November 30, and Shout of Dolores Day is on September 15.

 

Where is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi celebrated?

Globally, by Catholics.

How to Observe the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

  1. Attend mass

    As this is a true Catholic holiday to honor an important Catholic figure, going to mass and worshipping is one of the best ways to observe the holiday. The lessons learned in church and worship will honor the memory of St. Francis of Assisi.

  2. Care for animals

    Since St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, there is no better day to care for animals as he taught us to do! Whether this is adopting a stray, donating to a shelter, or giving your own pets some extra caring, animal care is a great way to honor this saint.

  3. Learn and teach about his life

    Saint Francis of Assisi was one of the most charitable and kind people to have lived. His life had many chapters and his accomplishments spanned over many years. Today, read about his life and achievements, or teach your children so they might become more giving like him.

5 Interesting Facts About St. Francis Of Assissi

  1. He was believed to speak to animals

    Once, it’s said, he spoke to birds who then flew into the sky in the shape of a cross.

  2. Just before his death, he received stigmata

    Stigmata, the wounds of Christ appearing on the hands, feet, and side, appeared on St. Francis of Assisi two years before he died.

  3. He wasn’t an only child

    St. Francis was one of a family of seven children.

  4. He set up the first nativity scene

    St. Francis is widely credited with setting up the first nativity scene in 1223 to celebrate Christmas.

  5. He subscribed to actions over words

    St. Francis of Assisi instructed followers to “Preach the Gospel at all times and, when necessary, use words” — he thought actions spoke much louder.

Why We Love the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

  1. It reminds us to be charitable

    It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and begin looking out for number one as opposed to our fellow man. St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most charitable and good religious figures in religious text, reminds us to stay humble and in service of others. In honor of his life today, we can all find a way to give back, especially to animals and the environment, of which he is the patron saint.

  2. For Catholics, it reinforces religion

    If you practice and believe in Catholicism, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is an affirming holiday that celebrates your beliefs, values, and religious heroes. The holiday is emotionally and spiritually significant to many Catholics worldwide.

  3. It helps animals

    It’s on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi that many pets are blessed in churches, animal care organizations are donated to, and environmental and ecological causes are lifted up. This special holiday for the patron saint of animals and the environment reminds Catholics to say a prayer for the animals and earth, and donate time or money to these causes.

St. Francis of Assisi dates

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2021October 4Monday
2022October 4Tuesday
2023October 4Wednesday
2024October 4Friday
2025October 4Saturday