A song of ascents...
During the night of Palm Sunday, St. Clare stole away from her family to follow Christ Crucified. According to plan, that night St. Francis received her into his order, clothed her in the habit of penance, and secured refuge for her in a monastery of Benedictine nuns. Trained in the monastic life, Clare founded the first monastery of Poor Clares at San Damiano in Assisi.
May the blessed virgin Clare help us to follow Christ closely this Holy Week and by her prayers obtain for us a singular love of Jesus and Him crucified. Amen.
I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
God will not allow your foot to slip; your guardian does not sleep.
Truly, the guardian of Israel never slumbers nor sleeps. Ps. 121
Art: Christ Mounting the Cross and the Funeral of Saint Clare, ca. 1290, Tuscan/Umbrian?
Termpera and silver leaf on panel
overall: 31 1/4 x 20 3/8 in. (79.4 x 51.8 cm)