Mount Saviour Monastery

March 2005
Easter decorations 2005

For the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 6th, we had our annual outing 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. 
Bishop Joseph GerryFrom 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.

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April 29-1 May on Mary Our Mother.
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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 these questions."

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