**Writer's note: I forgot to submit the About
the House last week, so this is the last two weeks of updates from
the monastery. Easter blessings to you!
This past week
We celebrated the Triduum liturgies last week with our guests
who were here on retreat or who joined us for our liturgies. On
Thursday, Abbot Kurt washed the feet of 12 monks and guests, and we
processed to the altar of repose in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel after
the Holy Thursday liturgy.
Good Friday brought a somber and reflective liturgy as we
venerated the cross and listened to the chant of the Passion
according to John by Fathers Tobias and Jeremy and Brother John
Mark. We let the light of Christ shine outside and inside the
Archabbey Church as we ushered in the Easter Vigil. Archabbot Kurt
served as the principal celebrant for our Triduum liturgies.
Father Prior John is our principal celebrant and heb for our
Easter Monday liturgies today, and we enjoyed colloquium
(talking) at our main meal today.
Prior to the Triduum, we had the Anointing of the Sick at
Vespers on Wednesday with the newly consecrated oils received from
the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Chrism Mass the day before.
We had a communal observance of the Stations of the Cross on
Monday. Each station had a reflection and collect prepared by a
different monk. The observance took place in our Holly Tree
Courtyard with Father Donald Walpole's Stations of the Cross from
the St. Joseph Oratory as our visual image.
Father Colman gave the Holy Week retreat this year.
Brother Francis' latest blog posts: Why this Friday is Good and
Father Paul preached and presided at our penance service on
As part of Lent, we processed into church on Wednesday at Mass
while chanting and reflecting on a penitential litany.
Our pilgrimages to honor the Blessed Mother at the Monte Cassino
Shrine have been scheduled for the Sundays in May.
The pilgrimages begin with an opening hymn and a short sermon,
followed by a rosary procession. The service ends with the Litany
of the Blessed Virgin and a hymn. Speakers and topics for the
May 7 -- Br. Lorenzo Peñalosa, OSB, speaking on "Our Lady of
May 14 -- Fr. Joseph Cox, OSB, on "Mary, Our Mother"
May 21 -- Fr. Barnabas Gillespie, OSB, on "Holy Lady, Chosen by
May 28 -- Novice Joseph Wagner, OSB, on "Mary, Consoler of the
Services begin at 2 p.m. Central time.
Brother Giles received the Indiana Senate Certificate of
Achievement for 50 years of service to the Saint Meinrad Archabbey
Volunteer Fire Department. The certificate, signed by State Senator
Jean Leising, congratulates Brother Giles on outstanding service to
the community and tireless dedication, which has improved life and
safety for Indiana residents.