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ASSIGNMENT ONE, FRANCISCAN SOURCES CFS, DECEMBER 2010

Answer to question one:
Hagiography is from two Greek words Hagios which means holy or saint and graphy which means writing. Therefore, the word Hagiography means the writing on holy people. In catholic tradition, it is the writing of a saint's live, a study of a saint life. It does not necessarily attempt to give full details, historical account of the life of an individual saint. Rather, it is written so that their life can be an inspiration to people. It is written so that their life can have a salvific effect on people. It is also written so that people can also reflect on the outcome of their life, helps strengthen people's faith. Finally, Hagiography helps us to see the saints as a mirror for us to imitate.
Legend is from the Latin word legenda which means something to be read about the life a saint. The Catholic church sees that this person has done something worth worthy therefore it has to be written for everybody because the life of the person worth to imitate. It is written down so that those who have not heard about the person's life can know something about him/her too. So that everyone will see them as a mirror to imitate, role model and as a inspirator. It is written also in order to be read during the feast day or name day of the saint. These are read during holy hour, at meal time The purpose of reading the life of a saint is for edification.
Testament is something someone writes as a wish to follow before he/she dies. It reflects the experience, their thoughts, intentions of the person and what he/she wants the people to follow and do. Francis of Assisi wrote his testament two years before he died. He wrote it in agony while he was ill. It is a reminder, admonition, exhortation for his brothers and sisters to follow.
Official Franciscan sources are the historical sources for the life…...

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