St. Francis Cross


This famous 12th Century crucifix of Roman-Umbrian style, which formerly hung in the Church of San Damiano, now hangs adjacent to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Basilica. This chapel had originally formed part of the ancient Church of St. George, in which Francis had been instructed as a child, and where he preached his first sermon after his conversion.

Because this Crucifix inspired his conversion in 1205 the cross is beloved by admirers of St. Francis. Kneeling before it, Francis composed the following prayer which is considered to be among the oldest of his writings:

All Highest, Glorious God,
cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, firm hope,
perfect charity, and profound humility,
with wisdom and perception,
O Lord, so that I may do
what is truly your most holy will. Amen.

Mixed media with gold leaf


21 x 16