Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Feastday of Celebrations


"The Good News of the Lord has gone out to all the world through the words of Peter and Paul"
~ Antiphon at Lauds.

Today, we celebrate and rejoice on this feast of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  Actually, we all celebrate...the Church celebrates not only the feast of these two great saints, but also honors her new Archbishops.  During the Mass, the Pope calls forward the 'new' Archbishops and places a pallium over their shoulders; a reminder of their role as shepherd.  The two great basilicas Saint Peter and Saint Paul Outside the Walls also commemorate their patrons on this day.

Our monastery celebrates not only the feast, but also remembers this as a day of professions in our history and our Golden Jubilarians are honored today as well.  From 1952 to 1967, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul marked a day of new life, new teachers and  preachers in the community.  On the eve of the feast, the postulants were invested as new novices.  The next day the current novices professed their temporary monastic vows to being their juniorate...AND the those sisters who had completed their temporary vows (juniorate) professed their perpetual monastic profession.  Today is a great day of story-telling about receiving their new names, quick changes of habit or veil, and the joy of their celebration with family and friends. 

This morning our community also celebrates our Golden Jubilarians; sisters who are marking their 50th anniversary of Benedictine life in our family.  They have seen much change and served the monastery and Church through various works.  Yet through it all, continued to preach the "Good News of the Lord"in our Benedictine family in love.

"Love bears all things, and will never come to an end. Alleluia.
three things last forever:  faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.
Love bears all things, and will never come to an end. Alleluia." ~ Responsory at Vespers.

Blessings and Happy Feastday,

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