O sanctissima anima, in cuius transitu caeli cives occurrunt, Angelorum chorus exultat, et gloriosa Trinitas invitat, dicens: Mane nobiscum in aeternum.
O most holy soul, at your departure the heavenly host comes to meet you, the angelic choir rejoices & the glorious Trinity welcomes you, saying: remain with us forever.
This evening was a milestone for us: we celebrated the Transitus of Our Holy Father Francis for the first time since moving to San Antonio! Fr. Phillips, pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement, led this service, which marks the passing of St. Francis from this life to eternal life. It is so fitting for this Franciscan tradition to be celebrated at Our Lady of the Atonement, since this title of Our Lady was begun by a Franciscan, Fr. Paul Wattson.
For those of you who would like to see what a Transitus service looks like, here is a video from the Franciscan Custos in the Holy Land. Warning: it’s quite long, so not for the faint of heart. Ours was a small affair, nowhere near as fancy…but give us a year or two…