Week at the monastery was indeed a special
time for all the monks here. On Holy
Thursday morning through Holy Saturday, we
celebrated the Tenebrae service or ďService of
DarknessĒ which anticipates and mediates on
the Lordís suffering. Included in this
early morning service are the singing of the
Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet and the
lighting and subsequent extinguishing of the
Tenebrae candles. A special observance
of silence started after the Mass of the
Lordís Supper on Holy Thursday night which
gave a fitting atmosphere of prayer and
reflection in the monastery on Good Friday.
Of course, the
high-point of the week was the celebration of
Lordís resurrection at the Easter Vigil
Mass. The Liturgy was well attended as
the faithful gathered with lit candles, voices
of praise and faith invigorated through the
celebration of the Pascal Mystery.
Although our Vigil rarely includes the
celebration of the sacraments of initiation,
the many other rituals: singing of the
Exsultet, the Vigil of Readings and Psalms,
along with the blessing of Holy Water and
renewal of Baptismal Vows all add to the
appropriate solemnity to the occasion.
After the evening liturgy, the monks invited
all who attended to come to our retreat house
to enjoy refreshment and fellowship. And
the Easter Sunday Mass offered another
opportunity to gather with Godís people to
greet the morning of the Lordís Resurrection!
During Holy Week, our
community was been blessed with the visit of three men
who came to the monastery to discern the possibility
that God is calling them to our monastic way of
life. One of them is in the very early stages
while the other two are further along in the process
of discernment. Holy Week was an opportune time
for these gentlemen to experience life in our
community as we commemorated and celebrated the
Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus
Christ. While the work of encouraging men to
discern monastic life is an ongoing ministry for all
of us at the monastery, your prayerful support for
these men and all who are considering the life of monk
in our community is a vital part of the process.
Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them in
their discernment and that they receive the grace
necessary to follow the Will of God in their lives Ė
wherever it by lead them.
last week's news story, click here.