Festivals/Seasons & Holy Days

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Celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Third Order by St Francis.

May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. Grant that we may be ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love. Amen


To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Third Order by St Francis, Heather Hall TSSF commissioned Adrian Green (a lay clerk at Portsmouth Cathedral) to set the words of the Absorbeat to music. She asked that the setting was meditative and could be sung by a competent Parish Church choir. In response to Heather’s commission Adrian chose to set the text for sixteen voices and it was recorded by a group of singers in the summer. It may be heard on Youtube by clicking on the link: https://youtu.be/e7WRIc8n7UI (Adrian Green maintains copyright of the typeset and music file)