Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

March 18-24, 2016

Happy Easter from the Hill!

On Tuesday of Holy Week, Archabbot Justin, Br. Kim, and Novices Tony and Joshua attended the Chrism Mass in Indianapolis.

Fr. Denis R. presided at our Masses up to Holy Thursday last week.

Archabbot Justin presided at the Holy Thursday Mass, the Good Friday liturgy and the Easter Vigil.

On Wednesday we had Anointing of the Sick for eight of our confreres in the Archabbey Church during Vespers; Archabbot Justin presided.

Because the Solemnity of our Holy Father Benedict (March 21) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation fell during Holy Week, we are transferring these Solemnities to April 4 (Solemnity of the Annunciation) and April 5 (Solemnity of our Holy Father Benedict).

Br. Francis posted several posts on his blog during Holy Week - some short and some longer reflections - in chronological order below:

In place of our table reading, at both our midday and evening meals on Holy Saturday, we listened to the orchestral version of Franz Joseph Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross."

If you have access to Facebook (and you may be able to see it without Facebook), here is a link to a video about "light" from our Easter Vigil:

An update from Fr. Guy, our forester:

  • Simon Schwartz and his family planted 1,000 seedlings off Short Johnnytown Road on March 19th.
  • The Abbey will sell 1,064 trees containing 216,701 board feet of timber on April 19. This is from 77 acres off Short Johnnytown Road.

Finally, Br. Zachary writes our weekly Community Bulletin (a weekly update from the monks for the monks). He gathered some reflective quotes on the Eucharist this week, and here they are for your reflection:

"O Lord, we cannot go to the pool of Siloam to which you sent the blind man. But we have the chalice of Your Precious Blood, filled with life and light. The purer we are, the more we receive." - St. Ephraem

"When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence." - St. Francis de Sales

"As two pieces of wax fused together make one, so he who receives Holy Communion is so united with Christ that Christ is in him and he is in Christ." -St. Cyril of Alexandria

"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?" -St. Paul

Each day the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey write another page in the long history of Benedictine monks throughout the world. Here are recent events chronicled at Saint Meinrad.