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Each year on September 8th the Catholic Church commemorates the Nativity or Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of whom was born Christ our Savior.
A number of our monks also celebrate on September 8th the anniversary of their monastic profession, including our Abbot Philip, celebrating 51 years of vows this year, and Prior Christian, celebrating 44 years.
The holy icon of the Blessed Virgin which graces our abbey church almost always has votive candles burning in front of it, asking the prayers of Mary for particular needs and intentions. May she intercede for us all!