The Great Fast

Discover the ancient beauty of Lent with the Norbertines of St. Michael's Abbey, and be remembered in our prayers, penance, and fasting during this holy season.



An Easter Message from Father Prior

Resurrexit Sicut Dixit! We don't take enough time to be joyful. Joy is not mere happiness, nor is it happiness despite the darkness around us. Joy is, in a sense, a Christian response to darkness.


Upcoming: Paschal Vespers, 2024

Join us for vespers on Easter Sunday. Let us rejoice and celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death.


Upcoming: Tenebrae, 2024

The liturgy of Tenebrae (Latin for "darkness"), which dates back to the ninth century, is a special expression of Matins and Lauds unique to Holy Week. The psalms chanted during Tenebrae ground Our Lord's Passion in the context of Salvation History.


Day Forty | The Great Fast

Something strange is happening. There is a great silence on earth today. There is a great silence and stillness, because the King is asleep.


Day Thirty Nine | The Great Fast

The practical dictates of the Church contain a deep wisdom, because they are tuned toward the salvation of souls. Today, we are commanded to fast and to abstain from meat, which punctuates the significance of this holy season of penance. Let us return love for love.


Day Thirty Eight | The Great Fast

The liturgy of the Church pivots, today. Gold vestments return in a flourish, and the Church celebrates the gifts of the Eucharist and the Mass. Do not cling to a dreary spirit today, even if the occasion is tinged with a holy anxiety as we approach the cross.


Journey into the desert.

Ancient and Evergreen. Captivating and Austere. This is Lent in it's simplest, richest, and most traditional sense.

Since the days of the Old Testament, holy men and women have recognized that fasting is important for great faith. By God's grace, proper fasting can help us accomplish so much: deeper prayer, resolute detachment from sin, and greater inner peace.

For these forty days, the Norbertines invite you to focus on the stark beauty, stunning simplicity, and life-changing power of fasting.

Sign up above to join us on this great spiritual adventure!

Follow a holy and ancient path.

In the footsteps of saints and with whole of the universal Church, we can encounter six millennia of spiritual wisdom.

This program—suffused with a communal, monastic approach to Lent—is an effort to guide you into the deep and holy tradition of fasting.

Throughout Lent, you'll receive daily emails with suggested prayers, a "Table Reading," and a short mediation to help encourage you as we endeavor, together, toward greater holiness.

In addition, we will remember all those who join us in our prayers throughout the of season of Lent—and on the joy of Easter Day.

In each daily email you will receive...

Holding each other in prayer.

This is a season of grace and hope. Know that during these forty days, the Norbertine Canons Regular of St. Michael's Abbey will remember all who accompany us this Lent in their prayers. Be sure to add your name to this list.