Franciscan Friars and Sisters as well as many other followers of Saint Francis of Assisi the world over gather each year in early October and recall the holy death of our beloved Father and Founder. At twilight today we join them as we too commemorate Saint Francis’passage (Transitus) from earthly life to everlasting glory on the evening of October 3, 1226. We have come together to celebrate in spirit the last moments of his life, to sing his song of welcome to “Sister Death,” and to recall his entrance into the Kingdom of eternal life with hymns of praise. And each year our sadness is lifted once again as we celebrate anew the joyful Feast Day of Saint Francis on October 4th. Alleluia! A new day dawns and the depths of our darkness gives way to the bright promise of immortality. As we remember our Franciscan Friars and Sisters who have passed from this life, may we invite all of you who have lost loved ones among your family and friends, especially in the past year, to ponder with us the Paschal Mystery. Our Faith Community comes together in hope to seek healing, which finds its fulfillment for all of us on the Day of Resurrection.