Benedetto di Arezzo Healing Oil
Benedetto di Arezzo or Sinigardi di Arezzo also known as Benedetto Sinigardi (1190 – 1282) a Franciscan friar and considered to be the author of the Angelus prayer.
The son of Thomas and Elizabeth Sinigardi a noble and wealthy family.
In 1211, after attending a sermon given by Francis of Assisi in the Piazza Grande in Arezzo he decided to enter the order. 1217 he appointed Provincial of the Marches and set off a missionary to Greece, Romania and Turkey. 1221 he arrived in the Holy Land and stayed there 16 years as Provincial.
The history of the Angelus a combination of what is certain and that which has been handed down in story. What clear that Franciscan houses and churches praying the Angelus by 1263. We have the liturgical texts prepared by the Franciscan Sinigardi di Arezzo that in use in the 13th century. What less certain. But carried in the tradition, the origin of the prayer.
Returned to Arezzo and spent his last years in the convent of Poggio del Sole (now demolished) where he died in old age. He buried in the Basilica of San Francesco, Arezzo.
Considered the author of the Angelus prayer. This tradition found a surprising and authoritative advocate in Pope John Paul II who, on 23 May 1993, prayed at the tomb of Benedetto before reciting the Angelus. He said, amongst other things We are in the place where, according to tradition, born the ‘custom of reciting the Angelus …
Remembered on 13 August each year.
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