The Bishop of Assisi Giving a Palm to St. Clare

Nuremberg, Circa 1360
Tempera and gold on oak panel
The Cloisters, New York City<

On Palm Sunday of 1211 or 1212 the Bishop of Assisi was distributing palms to the faithful who crowded around the altar rail. But one young woman stayed back, lost in thoughts about the prospect of living in the manner of St. Francis, who had been preaching that Lent in Assisi. The bishop noticed the young woman and left the sanctuary to hand her a palm branch personally. That night, Clare secretly left her home, met with Francis, and vowed her life to the service of Jesus Christ.

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Photographed at the Cloisters by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.