Silverstream Priory, County Meath: July 2013 Archives

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Our monastery coat of arms was designed by Marco Foppoli.

The Motto

Around the coat of arms is the motto of our Priory, taken from the Book of the Prophet Daniel (ch. 9, v. 17): Illumina Faciem tuam super sanctuarium tuum, "Cause thy Face to shine upon thy Sanctuary": we beg the Lord Jesus, that he may cause the "deifying Light" (Prologue, Rule of St Benedict) of his Eucharistic Face to enlighten the entire Church, his Body, the Tabernacle of his Presence upon earth.

The Monstrance

The most prominent feature of our coat of arms is the golden Monstrance containing the Sacred Host, reflecting the special charism of our community: Benedictine life ordered toward Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Host bears the word PAX ("Peace"), and is enclosed in a golden Crown of Thorns, a reference to the full motto of the Benedictine Order: Pax inter spinas ("Peace among thorns"). We can follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus towards the "peace which passes all understanding" (Philippians 4:7) only through participation in his Passion and Cross.

The Raven

At the foot of the Monstrance is a black Raven with a scrap of Bread in his mouth, a symbol of Divine Providence which features largely in St Gregory the Great's account of our blessed Father Benedict's early days as a hermit at Subiaco, and in the biblical story of the Prophet Elias (to whom Benedict is often compared). We believe strongly that Divine Providence brought us to Silverstream, and continues to feed us with both our "Daily Bread" and our "Supersubstantial Bread" (the Eucharist), just as he provided sustenance to the young Benedict and the Prophet.

The Silver Stream

The background (field) of the shield (escutcheon) is blue (azure), symbolizing the Irish Sea, which we can see from the Priory. A silver Stream (reflecting the name of the property to which God has brought us, "Silverstream" in Stamullen, Co. Meath) runs through the background. The name "Silverstream" has strong biblical and liturgical resonances, such as:

And he shewed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no curse any more; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his Face: and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more: and they shall not need the light of the lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall enlighten them, and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Apocalypse 22:1-5)

Our Lady

The colour blue, as well as the star in the left hand portion of the shield, also recall our blessed Lady, the Stella Maris ("Star of the Sea"), to whom our monastery is dedicated (under the title "Our Lady of the Cenacle"). The star is also eight pointed, the number eight being symbolic of the "Eighth Day" of the resurrection of the body and the life of the world to come. The Mother of God is the Regina Caeli, the Queen of Heaven, and the Porta Caeli, that is, our gateway to heaven and eternal life.

Stay my heart upon Thee

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O my beloved Jesus,
do Thou multiply us
and provide for us
that, by day and by night,
we may be able to adore Thee
and to console Thee
in the Most Holy Sacrament
of the Altar,
where Thou abidest hidden,
lowly, and silent,
for love of us.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
stay my heart upon Thee in the Sacrament of Thy Love.
Hide me in Thy hiddenness.
Illumine me in Thy radiance.
Quiet me in Thy silence.
Humble me in Thy lowliness.
Sanctify me in Thy holiness.
Offer me in Thy oblation.
Immolate me in Thy sacrifice.
O Divine Host!
O Saving Victim!
O Son of Mary!

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Why are we here?
To abide in Thy presence, O Jesus, and to adore Thee.
The column is a sign of our resolve to abide before Thee permanently.
It marks the place that Thou hast prepared for us,
and to which Thou callest us
at every hour of the day and night.

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The column is the symbol of monastic stability,
by which we are anchored in the presence of the Lord.
The column is to adoration
what the choir-stall is to the Divine Office;
the Benedictine Monk of Perpetual Adoration is his best self,
his truest self, his finest self
in his choir-stall and at the column.

In his choir-stall he is the singer of the praise of God,
doing in the Church on earth what the angels do in heaven;
and at the column he is a victim offered to the Divine Majesty
in reparation for sins
and in the willing sacrifice of himself as a fragrant holocaust to God;
fragrant because his oblation is united to that of the Lamb,
and because it mingles with the sweet odour of Christ Jesus
rising from the tabernacles of the world
to glorify the Father.

Oblation on July 11th

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On July 11th, the feast of our glorious father Saint Benedict, Robin Grace Immaculata Pudewa made her Oblation here, becoming the third professed Oblate of Silverstream Priory. Married to Andrew, and the mother of seven children, Robin lives near Hulbert, Oklahoma, not far from the Abbey of Clear Creek. Her Oblate name, Immaculata, was given her in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes to whom she has a particular devotion. The photo shows the little Silverstream family surrounding our new Oblate: from left to right: Hilda Benilda, Dom Benedict, Mikkel (Denmark), Father Prior, Brother Alex, Robin Grace Immaculata Pudewa, Don Pierre, Michaël (The Netherlands). Brother James (Ireland) took the photo.

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The Gatehouse, our priory bookshop, has become a quite a centre of devotion to Jesus, King of Love. Numerous people, visiting our bookshop, have also come to know of Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus and have experienced her intercession.

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Spending time with us this summer are The Two Michaels: Michaël Peters from The Netherlands, and Mikkel Pedersen from Denmark.

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And here, above, is our little family at the moment, this time including postulant Brother James, a native of County Meath.

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Father Prior and our new Oblate.

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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