Leader: On Saturday evening, October 3rd, 1226, the Little Poor Man of Assisi, knowing that Sister Death was at hand, asked to be placed naked on the bare ground. The grieving brothers consented to his wish, and he rested his hand over his chest to hide its wound from view.
Erivan and Willie preparing for the Transitus...prayer service......
Hear, O Lord, my prayer: in your faithfulness listen to my pleading; answer me in your justice. Do not enter into judgment with your servant; before you no living being can be just. The enemy has pursued me; they have crushed my life to the ground. They have left me in darkness like those long dead. My spirit is faint within me; my heart is dismayed. I remember the days of old; I ponder all your deeds; the works of your hands I recall. I stretch out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.
Hasten to answer me, Lord; for my spirit fails me. Do not hide your face from me, lest I become like those descending to the pit. At dawn let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust. Show me the path I should walk, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me, Lord, from my foes, for in you I hope. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level. For your name’s sake, Lord, give me life; in your justice lead me out of distress. In your kindness put an end to my foes; destroy all who attack me, for I am your servant. [Psalm 143/142]