A Joyous Celebration for
July 11th was
the Solemnity of our Holy Father St. Benedict, the founder
of our Order, which brought an occasion for our Community
here at St. Benedict Monastery to celebrate. Our
celebration actually began the evening before when we
prayed First Vespers of the Solemnity and continued
through the following day. We partook of our special
meal prepared by Br. Marty Singer at about noon following
the Mass commemorating the occasion.
The Solemnity of St. Benedict for
many years occurred on March 21st which is during Lent
which limited its liturgical celebration; for this reason
the Church around the time of the Second Vatican Council
transferred it to July 11th. Although the Church
does not celebrate St. Benedictís feast in March any more
the Benedictine Order throughout the world still maintains
it as a feast under the title of The Passing of our Holy
Father Benedict for it is the actual day St. Benedict was
called home to Heaven. Remembering and celebrating
the life and legacy of our founder is a way for us to
renew our spiritual energy and commitment to the monastic
way of life following the Rule of St. Benedict.
Please pray for our monastic family here in Oxford and
throughout the world that our communities will grow and
our witness will continue to bear fruit.
CORRECTION: Last week's news
story feature a photo with the caption "Fr. John
Martin with the monks and novices at 'Adisham'".
It should have been "Fr. John Martin with the monks
and postulants at St. Sylvester Monastery". The
photo has been corrected as found in the link
to last week's story.
For last week's news story,