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Easter Sunday Reflection

Growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, before the advent of color TV, let alone videos and DVDs or the movie channel, one the five Portland, Oregon, television channels televised the movie, “The Wizard of Oz” each year, one of Hollywood’s greatest films. As color TV was...

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Homily for Easter Sunday Day Mass — Cycle C—2019

Homily for Easter Sunday Day Mass -- Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said: "You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached; how God anointed Jesus of...

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EASTER VIGIL MASS--CYCLE C--2019 FIRST READING  Genesis 1:1--2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.  Then God said, "Let there be...

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Schedule for Holy Week 2019

  HOLY THURSDAY—2019 4:00 am           Vigils 6:00 am           Lauds 8:00 am           Terce and Meeting for Monks 9:00 am           Work Meeting for Guests at Giftshop and Necessary Work 12:15 am         Sext 3:00 pm           None 5:00 pm          Eucharist of...

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Good Friday 2019

Good Friday 2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.  Even as many were amazed at him--so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man--so shall...

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Great and Holy Week

Dear Friends in Christ, Holy Week begins each year on Passion Sunday, usually called Palm Sunday, this year on April 14th. With the Church’s evening prayer of Vespers on the Saturday night before Palm Sunday, Holy Week actually starts. In our liturgical tradition this...

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Holy Thursday 2019

Holy Thursday 2019 FIRST READING  Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, "This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel:  On the tenth of...

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6th Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday – Cycle C–2019

6th Sunday of Lent - Passion Sunday - Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 50:4-7 The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.  Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I...

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Abbatial Blessing

Dear Friends in Christ, More than a week has already passed since the Abbatial Blessing here on Monday, March 25, 2019, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. I am happy to report that everything went very well! The days leading up to March 25th were full and...

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5th Sunday of Lent – Cycle C—2019

5th Sunday of Lent - Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 43:16-21 Thus says the Lord, who opens a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, who leads out chariots and horsemen, a powerful army, till they lie prostrate together, never to rise, snuffed out and...

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4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2019

4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 The Lord said to Joshua, "Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you."  While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the evening of...

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Two New Simply Professed

On March 21st, the Feast of the Passing of Our Holy Father Saint Benedict, two of our novices made their simple or first profession of vows, promising obedience, stability and conversion of life as Benedictine monks. This took place during the Conventual Mass at our...

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Two New Novices

We received two new novices into our community on Wednesday evening, March 20th. They are Brothers Charbel Gomez and Benedetto Reinte, pictured here with Abbot Christian. Please keep these brothers in your prayers and be assured of their prayers as well.

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2019

3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.  Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There an angel of the Lord appeared to...

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A Lenten Meditation

Once upon a time a father gave his little son some chewing gum, and the son took it but said nothing. “What do you say when you are given something good?” asked the father. “I want more,” replied the child. That is an understandable enough reaction of a little...

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2019

2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.  Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."  Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it...

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