Every family has traditions surrounding their holiday celebrations and our Benedictine family gathers for a Thanksgiving day too. While most of the sisters live at the monastery, those who live away from home gather back at the monastery or together at their convents for a day of praying, playing, and feasting together.
We'll begin with Lauds and Mass before sharing in a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. The Sisters (and one Father Monk) helped begin the preparations for the meal a couple earlier with slicing, peeling, and dicing up pumpkin for the pies! The work went quickly with many hands to help.
After a meal of laughter and sharing, the sisters continue the day of tradition... An afternoon of play in the Chapter Room. Tables of four sit down to Pinochle while groups of two and three break out the dictionaries over the Scrabble board; other sisters laugh over sets of Dominoes or Taboo. The simple being together as community is the joy of Thanksgiving as we clean up the Chapter Room and return to Chapel for Vespers.
We'll be keeping you all in our prayers.