August 2nd, 2020
The feast of Our Lady Queen of Angels dates back to before the days of St. Francis. By the year 1045 there was a chapel in Assisi called "St. Mary of the Angels" because of the belief angels had appeared there. By the time St. Francis arrived in 1207 the church had fallen into disrepair. Jesus appeared to Francis at the Church of San Damiano also in Assisi and asked him to repair his church. Francis thought the Lord meant the physical building which he immediately began to do. Only later did Francis realize the Lord meant that he was to repair the Church as the Community of Believers. In this little chapel of St. Mary of the Angels later known as the Portiuncula (or little portion) Francis in 1208 founded his order of Franciscans and then later with Clare of Assisi, the Order of the Poor Clares. Here he held several chapters or meetings of the community. In 1226 he died in an adjoining room to the chapel. You can still visit the original chapel which is now entirely enclosed and covered by a much larger church building on the plain at the foot of the hill leading to Assisi.
National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi
610 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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