About sunset on Saturday, October 3, 1226, Saint Francis of Assisi passed from this life to join Our Heavenly Father and all the angels and saints in heaven.
Down through the years this passing, or "transitus" in Latin, has been commemorated in most Franciscan houses throughout the world.
On the evening of October 3, the Friars celebrate the solemn ceremony of the Transitus. The Friars sing the psalm and other hymns which St. Francis sang on his deathbed. This solemn commemoration is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
At the conclusion of this ceremony, the events take a turn to lighter things. It is the Senior Class's privilege to provide the evening's entertainment. This is usually provided by means of a play or two, or maybe the entertainment is in the form of group games.
To top the evening's enjoyment, everyone hurries to the refectory where refreshments are served. Ail good things must come to an end; therefore, we end our celebration with a traditional hymn to the Blessed Virgin, the "Ultima."
Even though we are a little reluctant to end our merriment for the night, we have the happy thought that tomorrow is a free day.
Luke Camarota, '64