Category Archives: Liturgy

Series of Solemnities

This year in Lent we will have occasion to celebrate three liturgical solemnities in the space of eight days.  Solemnities trump other feast days in the liturgical calendar and are typically anticipated the evening before with a celebration of First … Continue reading

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Breaking the Back of Winter

We are all familiar with the Groundhog Day tradition, but the monks have another tradition about the end of winter, associated with the feast day of St. Benedict’s twin sister, St. Scholastica.  That feast day is today, February 10. February … Continue reading

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The Trinity and the Stained Glass Windows of the Abbey Church

Monks are often asked to explain the meaning of the stained glass windows in the abbey church here, as the three main windows are meant to express in abstract form each person of the Trinity in glorious color.  Yesterday on … Continue reading

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St. Scholastica and Storms

“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.”  (Song of Solomon 2:10-11) This is from a scripture passage from a traditional antiphon associated with the feast of … Continue reading

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Optional Memorials for 2013

Today, December 29, may be celebrated as the feast day of St. Thomas à Becket, the famous English martyr, whose shrine the pilgrims are journeying to in the Canterbury Tales.  However, even though Becket is a successor Archbishop of Canterbury … Continue reading

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