Mount Saviour Monastery
For the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 6th, we had our annual
to Grace Episcopal Church to sing Vespers followed by a meal and
Compline. This ecumenical event is appreciated by all the
participants, including friends of the monastery.
From March 14th to
17th, we had our annual retreat conducted by retired Bishop Joseph
Gerry. His conferences dealt with the notion of remembering the
past and our awareness of the presence of God. He shared his
experience as abbot and bishop with lively anecdotes. The Easter
triduum attracts large crowds for the religious ceremonies. The
Pascal Vigils at 4 a.m. is full of symbols and instructions with the
blessing of the new fire, the 9 lessons and the solemn mass.
Retreats at the monastery:
May on Mary
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The Third Damasus Winzen Memorial
Lecture will be given at 4pm on Sunday, June 12th, by Nathan
Mitchell. Professor Mitchell is teaching currently in the
Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame, while serving as
associate director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He has
written extensively on the liturgy, most recently in Real Presence: The
Work of the Eucharist. Since 1991, his column, "The Amen Corner,"
has appeared regularly in Worship.
The title of Prof. Mitchell's lecture is "Sapienter
Indoctus: Worship as ‘Wise Ignorance' in the Rule of St.
Benedict." The phrase is taken from Gregory the Great's
description of St. Benedict as "expertly unlearned and wisely
untaught." In Gregory's account of his final days, Benedict, the
"father of monks," envisioned the entire world in a shimmering ray of
light. Jean-Ives Lacoste has written: "The man to whom the world
appears in its totality and from afar, within a new horizon, does not
cease to be himself in the world. Benedict is graced with his
vision, not in some seventh heaven, but somewhere in Italy."
Benedict's life and Rule have raised basic questions
about our worship: What is it to "exist liturgically?" How can
worship be both "worldly" and "unworldly"? How does our paradoxical
experience of worship place the world "inside a ray of light," yet
leave us, with Benedict, "somewhere in Italy," where God's good soil
clings to our shoes?
Professor Mitchell writes: "It is my hope that if
this lecture does not provide answers, it may at least help us to love
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