The OFFICE of the PASSION
Geste of the Great King: Office of the Passion of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi composed a very original prayer form which would permit him to listen every day to the voice of the Son of God. Both Francis and Clare prayed the Office of the Passion, she frequently and he seven times daily.
Josef Raischl composed melodies for the entire Office (available as a CD). Two artists, Marc Lisle and Christine Cavalier, illuminated the manuscript, producing artistic linkages between the written text and the iconic text of the San Damiano Crucifix.
“To pray as Francis prayed, to use his own words and arrangement of Scripture in
his Office of the Passion is an enriching experience for anyone in the
Franciscan family. The addition of easily learned music adds to the spiritual
depth of this composition. Through it, I have learned to see Christ the way
Francis saw him.”
“The book is an illuminating arrangement of Scripture and art that connects one
deeply with the prayer life of St. Francis and his bonding with the life of
Christ the Hero. The workshop is superbly organized and fully explains how to
pray this powerfully spiritual book.”