St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. He enjoyed an easy privileged life growing up before giving up everything to answer God’s call. In one famous story, Francis preached to hundreds of birds about being thankful to God for their wonderful clothes, for their independence, and for God’s care. The story tells us the birds stood still as he walked among him, only flying off when he said they could leave. Pope Gregory IX cannonised Francis on 16th July 1228, he was designated Patron Saint of Italy. He later became associated with patronage of animals and natural environment which became customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4. In 1224 he received the Stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ`s passion. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142.
This stunning necklace is handmade using 8mm faceted Green Aventurine semi-precious beads on silver iron craft wire. The medal shows an image of St Francis on one side and the other shows text that reads ‘Pray for Us’.
Total length is 17.5″ and comes in a handmade lined crocheted pouch (colours may vary). Prayer card and short description of stones and saint also included.