Again this year the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is offering a spiritual journey for the Season of Lent through music and prayer by way of the "Sacrae Passionis Concentus"

The Cappella Musicale (Musical Choir) of the Papal Basilica, together with the Friars Minor Conventual, present the seventh edition of this spiritual inspiration in music for Lent.

Three separate events of music and prayer await you at the Basilica of San Francesco on the following Saturdays in March: the 3rd, 10th and 17th, all at 6:00 pm.

At the conclusion of the musical spiritual inspirations, prayer will follow with the singing of Vespers.

Each of the concerts will be held in the Lower Church of the Basilica of San Francesco. Admission is free.

Click here to learn about the entire program.

The following announcements cite the program for each concert:

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm

«For Crucem to Lucem»

Schola Gregoriana Assisiensis of Assisi (PG)

P. Maurizio Verde OFM, Director

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm

"Concentus Vocalis" Polyphonic Choir of Cannara (PG)

Francesca Maria Saracchini, Director

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Choir of the Diocese of Vallo della Lucania (SA)

Maurizio Jacovazzo, Director

Lent begins with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  All of the liturgies during Lent are intended to prepare us for the celebration of Easter, either as Catechumens preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation for the first time, or as members of the faithful, already fully initiated, yet preparing to renew our baptismal promises and seeking to fortify the grace of the sacraments already received. The sacrament of Penance accompanies us in this quest.The following are the principal moments of prayer that will be held in the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi this Lenten Season.

‘Forty Hours’ Devotion:
26th, 27th & 28th of February
3.00 pm in the Chapel of St. Catherine: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and time for silent personal adoration.
5.00 pm: Benediction and Reposition. Eucharistic celebration (Mass) to follow.
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th at 6.30 pm: Evening Prayer, accompanied by Lectio Divino (26th) and Silent Reflection (27th).

The Fridays of Lent:
«CORDA PIA». Memory of the Passion of Christ and of the Stigmata of St. Francis
16th & 23rd of February and 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd of March at 6.30 pm.

The Saturdays of Lent:
«SACRAE PASSIONIS CONCENTUS». Musical Spiritual Inspiration for the Season of Lent. Provided by the ‘Capella Musicale’ of the Basilica (Basilica Choir)
03rd, 10th & 17th of March at 6.00 pm in the lower church.

A chant will follow Vespers each evening. All the principal celebrations will be broadcast live on and on To download the program click here.

The Lenten Season begins on February 14th, Ash Wednesday, called by Pope Francis in his    Lenten Message for 2018 - a "sacramental sign of our conversion".  The Pope invites everyone to continue the journey of conversion simply by referring to the "tools" that the Church has always proposed as a "sweet remedy": prayer, almsgiving and fasting. In addition, he invites those whom the Lord in this holy time calls to a ‘new conversion’, to take part in the "24 Hours for the Lord" initiative. The Friars Minor of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels welcome the invitation of the Holy Father. The faithful, who will be on pilgrimage to Assisi from March 9th to 10th, therefore, are advised that on Friday, the 9th, there will be a 9 a.m. Mass, that will begin a period of Eucharistic adoration in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration will continue until 9.00 a.m. on Saturday March 10th.  The opportunity to meet and receive God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be provided for those who wish.As another spiritual aid, a Lenten catechesis will be offered during the celebration of Vespers every Wednesday evening.  These lessons will have as their theme "The conversion of Simon Peter": in order to bring about, together with the Apostle Peter, our own journey of conversion. These liturgical moments, like all the celebrations held at the papal altar of the Basilica, will be broadcast live on the Porziuncola WebTV.  The first four catecheses will be presented by the parish priests of the united Parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli; while the fifth catechesis - the one that introduces the Sacred Triduum - will be held by Fr. Simone Ceccobao OFM.Furthermore: The Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the Basilica at 5 p.m. every Friday of Lent. On Good Friday they will be held at 3 p.m. to allow for the 5 p.m. celebration of the Passion of the Lord.  For those who wish and did not have the opportunity in the afternoon there will be the additional opportuntity to pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 9.00 p.m. They will be conducted  by the Parish of Saint Mary of the Angels, outside in the plaza or, if weather doesn’t permit, inside the Basilica Finally, the Marian prayer on Saturday evenings, at 9.15 pm will continue. As we do every Lent, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary will be recited, followed by the usual flambeaux procession.Download the program here.

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