Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle: July 2010 Archives

On the afternoon of Saturday, 10 July, the vigil of the feast of Our Holy Father Saint Benedict, the Loper family -- Dr. Tracy (an Oblate of the monastery), his wife Rebecca, and their sons Antonio, and Nicholas -- arrived at the monastery to present us with a gift. You can imagine our astonishment and our joy when they asked us to go into the oratory, and Antonio unveiled a magnificent icon of Saint Benedict. The Loper family commissioned this icon for our monastery. It now hangs on the Epistle side of the sanctuary.

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We gathered around the new icon and sang an antiphon from the Office Saint Benedict:

O thou pattern of life celestial,
our Teacher, and Leader Benedict,
whose spirit now rejoices with Christ in the heavens:
preserve thy flock, kindly Shepherd;
strengthen them by thy holy prayer;
and on a way made clear by thee their guide,
make them enter heaven.
(Antiphon on Magnificat at Second Vespers)

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From right to left: Fr. Prior, Nicholas Loper, Br. Thomas, Antonio Loper, Dr. Tracy Loper, Br. Ansgar (Mt. Angel Abbey). Photo by Rebecca Loper.

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Brother Thomas' Onomastico

Yesterday, the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, was Brother Thomas Mary's onomastico or nameday. Brother Thomas is under the double patronage of the Apostle and of the Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas. There was a huge paonazzo-coloured hibscus at his place in the refectory. Lisa Stice, who stopped by with Greg and the children, told us that this particular flower is called a "dinner plate hibiscus" because of its size. (See the photo below.) Our English friend and expert gardener in France, Jane Fulthorpe, would know more about this, I'm sure.

Ice Cream and R.H. Benson

The meal was extra special. For dessert we had vanilla ice cream with a slice of Key Lime Cake, providentially dropped off by our friend (and tabernacle veil seamstress) Ellie Peyton. Mention of the meal reminds me that we started a new book in refectory: The (2 volume) Life of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson by the incomparable C.C. Martindale, S.J.

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Arrival of Dom Ansgar

This chronicle will go backwards. The second day of July was Dom Ansgar's first full day at our monastery. He arrived on the evening of July 1st. Dom Ansgar, O.S.B. is a monk of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. He has been teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. He will be spending two months with us. His presence in choir and all around the house is a welcome addition.

Feasts in Red

The feasts of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29th) and of the Most Precious Blood (July 1) were upon us almost as soon as we returned from the Sacred Music Colloquium XX in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The chants of both feasts gave us ample opportunity to use our well-exercised voices (after a week of singing, singing, and more singing) in the praise of God.

The Sacred Music Colloquium

The Colloquium, sponsored by the CMAA (Church Music Association of America), was glorious. Not only did we have the joy of daily Holy Mass, Lauds, and Compline in unity of mind and voice with 250 other musicians -- we also rejoiced in the beginning of a number of friendships. This backwards chronicle will have to be written in odd moments. To be continued.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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