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"Let us begin to serve the Lord our God; for hitherto

we have made very little progress."

Words of St. Francis in his last sickne

THE FORM OF CEREMONIES

FOR

CLOTHING, PROFESSION, RENEWAL OF VOWS, GENERAL ASSEMBLIES, AND OTHER OFFICES

BELONGING TO

THE THIRD ORDER,

TOGI HER WITH CERTAIN SPECIAL FRANCISCAN LITANIES AND PRAYERS.

"Corporeis audivit auribus ter dicentem: Francisce, vade, et repara domum meam, quæ, ut cernis, tota destruitur." "He heard these words thrice: Francis, go and repair My House, which thou seest in ruins."

ST. BONAVENTURA, Legend of St. Francis, c. xi.

VOL. 11.

B

CEREMONIES AND PRAYERS OF THE

THIRD ORDER.

INTRODUCTION OF POSTULANTS TO THE CONGREGATIONAL ASSEMBLIES.

THE postulant, having been received by the Council according to the second chapter of the Statutes, will be admitted to the congregational assemblies. After the prayers, which are recited at the commencement of the assemblies, the master or mistress of novices conducts the postulant near to the altar, where the latter kneels, and the master or mistress of novices returns to his or her place. The Father Director intones the Psalm Miserere, which the Brothers or Sisters follow in choir, and continue as follows:

Psalm 1,

Miserere mei, Deus : secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.

Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum dele iniquitatem

meam.

Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.

Have mercy upon me, O God: according to Thy great mercy.

And according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies: blot out my iniquity.

Wash me yet more from my iniquity; and cleanse me from my sin.

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