Thomas of Celano

Short Name: Thomas of Celano
Full Name: Thomas, of Celano, 1200-1265
Birth Year (est.): 1200
Death Year (est.): 1265

Thomas of Celano was born at Celano in the Abruzzi, and joined St. Francis of Assisi c. 1214. He was commissioned by Gregory IX to write the life of St. Francis: the First Legend, 1229; the Second Legend, 1247; and the Tract on the Miracle of St. Francis a few years later. His Legend of St. Clare was composed in 1255. He was probably among the first band of friars to visit Germany, 1221.
--The Hymnal 1940 Companion
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Thomas of Celano. It is somewhat remarkable that neither the date of the birth nor of the death of this writer, whose name is so intimately associated with the Dies Irae, is on record. He was a native of Celano, a small town near the lake Fucino, in the farther Abruzzo, and hence his name of Thomas of Celano. Several of the inhabitants of this town were driven therefrom by Frederick II. in 1223, and Thomas with the rest. He found his way to Assisi, and became a monk there during the lifetime of St. Francis. The Franciscan Order was established in 1208, Thomas was therefore one of the early students at Assisi. He was subsequently "custos of the convents of Worms, Mentz, and Cologne, and afterwards sole custos of the Rhine districts." The last named appointment he held till 1230, when he returned to Assisi. As intimated above the date of his death is not on record. It is sometimes given as 1255. Thomas also wrote a Life of St. Francis.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix I (1907)

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Texts by Thomas of Celano (22)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
An dem Tag der ZornesflammenThomas of Celano (Author)7
An dem Tag der ZorneswehenThomas of Celano (Author)2
Day of anger, day of wonderThomas, of Celano (Author)1
Day of anger that dread dayCelano (Author)2
Day of doom, the last and greatestThomas de Celano (Author)1
Day of vengeance without morrowThomas of Celano (Author)1
Day of wrath and doom impendingThomas of Celano (Author)English3
Day of wrath! O day of mourning! See fulfilled the prophet's warningThomas of Celano, 13th cent. (Author)English56
Day of wrath, O dreadful day!Thomas of Celano (Author)English15
Day of wrath of days that DayThomas of Celano (Author)1
Day of wrath, that day of burningThomas of Celano (Author)2
Day of wrath, that day whose knellingThomas of Celano, 13th Century (Author)English2
Day of wrath that ends the agesThomas of Celano, d. 1255 (Alterer)2
Day of wrath, that [O] day of mourning [burning]Thomas of Celano (Author)2
Det snart forvist paa Tiden erThomas of Celano (Author)Norwegian3
Dies irae, dies illaThomas of Celano (Author)Latin2
Dommedag skal Tiden endeThomas, of Celano (Author)Norwegian1
En dag skall uppgå för vår synThomas frän Celano, d. 1265 (Author)Swedish2
Jenen Tag, den Tag der WehenThomas von Celano (Author (Latin))2
On that great, that awful dayT. Von Celano (Author)2
That day of wrath, that dreadful dayThomas of Celano, 13th Cent. Lat. (Author)English25
The Lord will come: the earth shall quakeThomas of Celano (Author)English1

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