An extremely rare handwritten book dated circa 1650 | The Book was written by Sister Marie de Petiot, the founder of the Limoges, France Monastic Order named the "Sisters of St. Alexis" or the "Hospitallers de St. Alexis De Limoges; and contains the original handwritten Rules or Regulations of the order | The Sisters of St. Alexis were founded by Sister Marie de Petiot as a congregation of "holy women to care for the poor and sick" | This historic one-of-a-kind handwritten book contains the original draft of the Rules and Regulations of the 17th Century Order | The book is bound fully in its original polished calf's leather | The writer's penmanship is extraordinarily beautiful and clear |Â Book contains an ink stamped inside the front cover with a logo and text reading "CommunautÃ© de St. Alexis DE LIMOGES" translated "The community of Saint Alexis of Limoges" | Measures approx. 7" H x 4.75" W. Translated from French: The Order of Saint Alexis around 1650, Marie de Petiot gathered in Limoges some holy women to care for the poor and sick of the general hospital which regrouped various establishments fallen into disuse. The community was under the patronage of Alexis, a martyr of society, but crowned in heaven. This choice is made explicit in the congregation's regulations: "They will try to imitate this great Saint in his flight from the world, by their retirement in the Hospital; in the contempt of honors, by taking neither name nor lady, nor of Demoiselle, inside or outside the Hospital, but only that of Sister and humble servant of the Poor; and finally, to share in the humiliation and suffering of this great Saint, in the house of his Father ... "The nuns make vows: chastity:" Purity being the disposition that Alexis made burst in his person, all the Sisters will be jealous of keeping it " of obedience:" the order of the Mother Superior being a sure sign of the will of God " stability:" The sisters undertake to never leave the congregation ". The days are punctuated by prayers: prayer at sunrise at five o'clock in the morning, mass at seven o'clock, offering of their deeds to God, kneeling a few minutes at nine o'clock, examination of conscience at ten minutes past three, blessing before dinner spiritual reading during dinner and thanksgiving, rosary at one o'clock in the afternoon, at four o'clock blessing, spiritual reading and thanksgiving for supper, prayer and examination of conscience at half-past eight.;"You will love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10: 27). To reach the first end of this Institute, the Sisters must stand in a general detachment from all things; but mainly of themselves; to die perpetually to all that is of the old man, and to have no other sight than the mere glory of God. To fill the second, and most essential end of their Institute, they must give all their care, and attend continually to the help and the service of the Poor, whether sick or otherwise, in the General Hospital of S. Alexis ... " The Patron Saint Alexis What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries? The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country. There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A martyr is one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Saint Alexis is theÂ patron saint of pilgrims and beggars Celebrated Memorial Day / Feast Day: July 17th Date of Death: Saint Alexis died in 400 Cause of Death: Hunger and Neglect Saint Alexis is the patron of pilgrims and beggars. A patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf. The Story and History of Saint Alexis: The story and history of Saint Alexis. St. Alexis belonged to one of the first families of Rome. From his youth he devoted himself to the service of God, and under his rich silk garments Alexis wore a hair shirt. When his parents chose a beautiful bride for him, he, not daring to disobey their wishes, disappeared on the bridal morn. "Behold," said the bride, "he came into my chamber, and gave me this ring of gold, and this girdle of precious stones, and this veil of purple, and then he bade me farewell, and I know not whither he has gone." The entire household went into mourning for him. Meantime he put on a pilgrimage travelling to Mesopotamia, where he ministered to the sick, and lived in great poverty and humility. After long years he returned to his father, who, not knowing him, ordered him to be taken in out of pity, and the servants put him in a hole under the stairs. Presently, when it was revealed to his father in a dream who he was, he looked in upon him, but, he was too late; for Alexis had died of neglect and hunger. Hence he is the patron of pilgrims and beggars. The church dedicated to him at Rome stands on the site of his father's mansion. Pictures of St. Alexis are frequently seen in hospitals and refuges for the poor. Death of Saint Alexis: There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Alexis died in 400. Cause of Death: Hunger and Neglect. Saint Alexis is the patron of pilgrims and beggars because of his pilgrimage to Mesopotamia and because he died the death of a beggar. How Saint Alexis is represented in Christian Art: It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Alexis in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Alexis is represented in Christian Art always dressed in ragged attire.