One of the things that makes the Church so beautiful is its universality--the extent to which Holy Mother Church unites the faithful in a common life. This is particularly evident in the Holy Season of Lent, in which Catholics around the world unite their prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to enter more deeply, as one body, into the Paschal Mystery.
Because they are places of common life and prayer, abbeys observe the season of Lent with a particular degree of reverence and rigor to prepare for the triumph and joy of Easter. And while many monastic Lenten observances can be quite intense, the communal approach to this holy season can be a rich and rewarding experience for all Christians.
This Lent, the Norbertine canons of St. Michael's Abbey invite you to join them for Ad Cenam Agni, a virtual Lenten Retreat from the Abbot's Circle. This new, daily series of reflections, sermons, chants, and conversations is intended to help you draw deeper into the beauty of common prayer and Norbertine abbey life.
Let us hold each other in prayer as we journey, together, toward the Supper of the Lamb!
If you haven't yet, you can sign up for emails to be remembered in our prayer this Lent, and to receive new Lenten content as it is released.
The season of Lent is here: are you ready? Watch Five Ways to Prepare for Lent as Fr. Claude Williams and Fr. Ambrose Criste discuss ways you can better prepare for this blessed season.
An Easter message from Abbot Hayes, O.Praem.
Worthy and fruitful holy communions increase our faith in the rising of Christ and the hope of our own rising on the last day. Such faith answers the deepest need of the human heart; such belief is itself a witness and proclamation—heart speaking to heart, deep calling on deep.
It was in this Gospel, the Passion according to John, that we heard that the Mother of Jesus stood at the foot of the cross, so close that He could speak to her, in an agonizing rasp, and expect to be heard. Ask yourself for a moment, How is it possible that any mother in such a situation could actually stand?!
The Blood of Christ is a mystery of total victory over all that could trouble us in life. This Blood is the hope of the penitent, the relief of the burdened, the peace and tenderness of hearts, our solace in sorrow, and will be finally our consolation when we are dying.