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Hilfield Stigmata Festival – Saturday 15th September

Come and share with others this celebration of the pinnacle of St Francis’ vocation.

In 1224 Saint Francis of Assisi prepared himself for the feast of Saint Michael by forty days of fasting and prayer. During this time, on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on 14th September Saint Francis received the “stigmata”, the wounds of Christ in his own hands, feet and side. They are regarded as a sign of how deeply and perfectly St Francis followed Christ’s example.

These wounds stayed and continually bled for two more years until he died in 1226. The feast of The Stigmata of Saint Francis is commemorated on 17th September.

We will celebrate Eucharist in the Chapel at12 noon. Our preacher will be the Rev’d Simon Cocksedge. Then we will enjoy a picnic lunch (please bring your own) in the Recreation Room, the Courtyard or our surrounding grounds … At 2pm we will gather again in the Chapel. Tea will be provided by the Friary at tea-time before an early evening prayer at 4:45pm which rounds off the day of celebration.

Our extensive grounds with their gardens, the Secret Garden and the wet woodland, invite you to explore whilst the Courtyard with its beautiful flowers all around, creates a space to reflect and share with others.

Simon Cocksedge is a Parish Priest and Hospice Chaplain in the Derbyshire Peak District. A member of the Third Order of SSF for many years, he has been a regular visitor to Hilfield Friary since his teens. He tries [but more often fails] to live a prayer-full life following the example of Francis.


15 September


12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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