Monthly Archives: September 2012

Napoleon and Religion

In a narrative style that does not incorporate a lot of humor, Steven Englund got off a good one on the new Emperor of France’s attitude towards religion on the occasion of his coronation/consecration: “Bonaparte was a self-made man, and … Continue reading

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Videos of the Livestream of the Abbatial Blessing

The College has cleaned up the livestream video of the abbatial blessing, which can be found at this site.

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Blessing: the Blessing

The following is the text of the beautiful prayer of blessing, from the Roman Pontifical, that Bishop Joseph prayed over Abbot Mark at yesterday’s majestic celebration: Almighty God and Father, you sent your only Son into the world to be … Continue reading

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Blessing: the Crozier

“Take this shepherd’s crozier and show loving care for the brothers whom the Lord has entrusted to you; for he will demand an account of your stewardship.” With these words, Bishop Joseph will hand a crozier to Abbot Mark at … Continue reading

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Blessing: Preview of Shield

Even though Abbot’s Mark new coat of arms will not be publicized until the distribution of the booklets for the Abbatial Blessing on Monday, the following festive banner emblazoned with the coat of arms was hung by the main doors … Continue reading

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Blessing: Miter of Principal Celebrant

Bishop Joseph will be wearing this miter, as celebrant of the Mass at the Blessing of Abbot Mark.

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Blessing: the Miter

After receiving the ring at his blessing on Monday, Abbot Mark will receive a miter from Bishop Joseph.  While essentially a mark of the episcopacy, abbots have been granted the privilege of wearing a miter since roughly the same time … Continue reading

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