Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle: December 2010 Archives

On this glorious feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist and on their own 31st Wedding Anniversary, Charles and Sheila Michie of Tulsa, Oklahoma renewed their Oblation, transferring it from the Osage Monastery in Sandsprings, Oklahoma to the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle. The rite took place at Holy Mass, after the Gospel. Here are some texts and and photos of the rite:

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Father Prior's Exhortation

Dear Charles and Sheila, some years ago God led you to the Monastery of Sand Springs, and there you began your journey as Benedictine Oblates. The same God who led you there has brought you to this new diocesan Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle, still in the embryonic stage of its life.

This is a monastery in gestation, but as parents, you are familiar with the stages of life and with the joys, and pains, and challenges of growth. Like all organisms in the early stages of life, our monastery is fragile, dependent, and vulnerable. Our weakness, however, and even the foolishness of undertaking the foundation of a new monastery is the very reason for our hope, for the grace of Christ is deployed in weakness, and the wisdom of Christ in foolishness.

Our Lord has caused the light of His Eucharistic Face to shine in our hearts, giving us every reason to hope in Him, and to pursue the path that Saint Benedict traces for us in the Holy Rule. You have decided to renew your Oblation in relationship to this community and at the altar of this monastery. You are not daunted by our smallness, nor by our poverty, nor by our fraility. Your trust is in the mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who, just as He has kept you faithful in love throughout your years of holy marriage, will keep you faithful as Benedictine Oblates in your desire to seek His Face, and in your resolve to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of His Oblation to the Father from the altar of the Cross and in the adorable Sacrament of His Love.

Then Father Prior continued:

Charles and Sheila, are you resolved to renew your free act of self-offering to God, patterned after the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, from the altar of the Cross and in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar?

R. I am.

Are you resolved to take the Rule of Saint Benedict as your guide in "truly seeking God" (cf. RB 58:7), in "preferring nothing to the love of Christ" (RB 4: 21), and in "sharing in the sufferings of Christ through patience, so as to share also in his kingdom" (RB Pro: 50)?

R. I am.

Are you resolved to enter into the ecclesial mandate of this Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle by interceding for the sanctification of priests and by "persevering with one mind in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus" (Acts 1. 14) and in adoration and reparation before the Eucharistic Face of Christ?
R. I am.

Father Prior: I invite you then, to renew your Act of Oblation.

Reading of the Chart of Oblation

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PAX
In the presence of Almighty God,
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
of Our Father Saint Benedict,
and of all the saints,
I, -- Charles -- Paul -- Michie,
make the oblation of myself to Almighty God
before the altar of this Monastery
of Our Lady of the Cenacle.
I promise perseverance in the conversion of my life
according to the Rule of Saint Benedict
and the Statutes of the Oblates
and, relying on the prayer
of this my monastic family,
I humbly resolve to reflect in my state of life
the light that ever shines
from the Eucharistic Face of Jesus Christ,
Priest and victim
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

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PAX
In the presence of Almighty God,
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
of Our Father Saint Benedict,
and of all the saints,
I, -- Sheila -- Thérese-- Michie,
make the oblation of myself to Almighty God
before the altar of this Monastery
of Our Lady of the Cenacle.
I promise perseverance in the conversion of my life
according to the Rule of Saint Benedict
and the Statutes of the Oblates
and, relying on the prayer
of this my monastic family,
I humbly resolve to reflect in my state of life
the light that ever shines
from the Eucharistic Face of Jesus Christ,
Priest and victim
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

Signing the Charts

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Charles and Sheila then signed their charts of Oblation on the altar and gave them to Father Prior who placed them under the corporal to signify their union with the Oblation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Suscipe

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Then, with raised hands, following the ancient Benedictine tradition, Charles and Sheila said the Suscipe three times:

Receive me, O Lord, according to your word,
and I shall live;
let me not be put to shame in my hope (Ps 118:116).


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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