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8500 Steps with Francis ... Love Never Dies

Night march to celebrate the Transitus of St. Francis in Assisi October 1-2, 2016

Theme: Mercy through the eyes of one who has been reconciled


Because of the many participants last year and the great number of requests already received this year the Night March "8500 Steps ... Love Never Dies" will be held again before the Solemnity of Saint Francis.

The night between October 1 and 2, young people between 18 and 33 years who have special devotion to St. Francis and associated with the Franciscan Friars, young people of the Diocese of Umbria and the youth of the Diocese of Piedmont Region which will offer the oil for the votive lamp for the Tomb of St. Francis this year will participate in the night march or procession which will visit the three Franciscan sites where the body of Francis was brought on his way to his burial: the Portiuncula, San Damiano, and finally the Saint's tomb.

It takes 8,500 steps to complete the entire procession. The Jubilee Year of Mercy and the 800th anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi present the theme: the experience of Francis, fully reconciled, who experienced the great mercy of God and leads us to experience today the forgiveness and mercy of God with our brothers.

Pilgrimage is a symbol of resurrection, of beauty and the fullness of God’s Love and victory over death!

The celebration begins at 5:30 pm October 1 with the reception of the pilgrims at the Domus Pacis at Saint Mary of the Angel. After eating together their brown bag supper, in the beautiful setting of the Basilica of the Portiuncula at 7.30, the theme of the pilgrimage will be presented by Fr. Alceo Grazioli, T.O.R. who is presently a professor at the Antonianum Pontifical University in Rome.

At 9:00 pm, after the greeting of the Custos of the Portiuncula, Fr. Rosario Gugliotta, the pilgrimage will set off for San Damiano, where the marchers will have the opportunity to reflect on paintings of the life of the Saint in charming silence of the night.

Then the procession will begin to move toward the Basilica of St. Francis, where the young people will be welcomed by Fr. Mauro Gambetti, Custos of the Sacred Convent. The night march will end at 1:00 am at the Tomb of St. Francis giving all the opportunity to pray and to offer to the Lord through St. Francis all the works and prayers of this experience in anicipation of the Feast.

Parish Youth Groups and their animators are invited to join the pilgrimage.

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