|Saint Benedict, framed by angels, above the altar in his cell|
at his monastery, Monte Cassino.
Tonight, we begin our celebration of Saint Benedict, by commemorating his death we celebrate his life in Christ. At our Monastery, this Eve of the Feast is celebrated with chanted Vespers. The Lenten purple will not be completely shaken off for this feast. However, a more festive joy in the day will pervade our Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, and community meals.
"Come let us join with the angels and saints in offering thanks and praise to the Lord on this the solemnity of our Father Benedict." Vespers Antiphon on the Eve of the Feast