Mon 22 Mar, 2010
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Benedict, also called the Feast of the Passing of St. Benedict.
It is a day normally celebrated on March 21. Due to the date falling on a Lenten Sunday, it was moved to March 22.
We are blessed to be part of an order that dates back 1,500 years. As the centuries pass, St. Benedict’s Rule has endured. It has the ability to lead us on the road to holiness and union with Christ, celebrating a life that is structured around prayer and praise of God and all our works.
We are also in joy that we can share The Rule with our lay friends. Our oblates are Christian men and women, single and married of various faiths, who have applied our dear St. Benedict’s guide to their own lives. It is special we can share this with everyone!
Blessings to you this feast day!
“Then, St. Benedict, supported by two brothers, was carried to Choir for the last time, to celebrate his most solemn Profession, his greatest act of worship. For death is the most holy liturgy of adoration a monk can offer.
Standing before the altar he prayed like this:
This is the hour of the great meeting,
Of the Holy Communion,
Of Love right to the end.
Henceforth I shall be a true monk like you.
Always living to intercede for the world.
Today is the day
When you have given me your Body
And your Blood.
I offer you this poor body of my flesh.
Receive it according to your promise
And I shall live.
Let me not be confounded
Since it is in you I trust.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.’
And leaving this world, the Blessed Father went to sit down at the Feast of the Great Holy Thursday in the Kingdom of God.” (courtesy of ‘Our Father Benedict.’)
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