Mount Saviour Monastery

March 2014

On March 5th, we began Lent with Ash Wednesday.  The community observed a "Desert Day" on the first Wednesday of the month.  After Mass there is no public prayers until Vespers and the meals for the men guests and the monks are taken in a buffet style.  This free space of time is intended to allow the monks to pray and reflect according to personal needs or devotions that are meaningful to their own spiritual growth.  On March 11th, Brs. John and Dominic Savio visited the John XIII seminary near Boston for interviews in preparation for studies in the Fall.  On March 14th, Fr. James came back from the hospital with renewed strength.  On March 19th, Sr. Joan Riddley, osb arrived to give us 6 conferences on Eucharistic Adoration.  The month of March is special with 3 solemnities: St. Joseph, St. Benedict and the Annunciation when we remember Br. Gabriel's feast day.  On March 22nd. Br. Bruno visited his sick brother, Christopher Lane, who died some days later.  On the 4th Sunday of Lent, we have the custom of singing Vespers and Compline at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira.  We share a meal with the parishioners and renew our friendship.
Br. Luke & Fr. Jamess Cronen
Br. Luke, our infirmarian treating a leg wound on Fr. James

Coming Events:
Lambing after April 17th. (for 3 weeks)

Holy Thursday: 5:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday: 3:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Easter Sunday: 4:30 a.m. Paschal Vigil  (No mass at 9:00 a.m.)
Easter Monday: Mass at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 27th 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Damasus Winzen Lecture with Abbot Jerome Koddell, o.s.b.
The Recovery of Lectio Divina after Vatican II. Click for details