Thursday, July 12, 2018

St. Benedict

For those of us who pray the traditional Benedictine Office, yesterday was the feast day of our Holy Father Benedict.  St. Benedict actually has two feast days however the first falls during Lent (March  21) where the monks are obviously not able to celebrate the Holy Founder with the greatest of celebrations so we are given a second chance to celebrate him on the 11th of July. 

I was especially moved at Antiphon at the Magnificat during Vespers,

"O pattern of heavenly life, our guide and teacher Benedict, whose soul is now rejoicing with Christ in heaven: protect thy flock, dear shepherd, and by thy holy prayer support them; with thyself as leader showing that brightened way, make them enter the heavens."

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