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On Christmas Eve, the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey welcomed eleven new men into the community as novices -- the largest class in the history of our community! On the day marking the traditional birthday of the Norbertine Order, the St. Michael's community continues to be blessed abundantly by young men willing to lay down their lives for God and His Holy Church.
Originally a medieval carol performed during the Mystery Plays of Coventry, this English carol depicting the account of the massacre of the Holy Innocents from the Gospel of Matthew has since become a Christmas classic. The hauntingly somber melody and heart-breaking lyrics evoke a spirit of mourning amidst the otherwise jubilant spirit of the Christmas octave. The song recalls the women of Bethlehem bidding farewell to their children who are about to be slaughtered by decree of King Herod.
St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975), priest and founder of Opus Dei, believed that “those who are called to the married state will, with the grace of God, find within their state everything they need to be holy, to identify themselves each day more with Jesus Christ, and to lead those with whom they live to God.”
We invite you to join us in this novena, reflecting upon the influence of one of the greatest saints in the Western Church, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor. During these days, different priests from St. Michael’s Abbey will be sharing their reflections.