2014 Holy Week Schedule

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April 13: Palm Sunday
11:00 a.m. Procession and Latin High Mass

April 17: Holy Thursday
6:15 a.m. Tenebrae
5:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper with Procession to the Altar of Repose

April 18: Good Friday
6:15 a.m. Tenebrae
2:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

April 19: Holy Saturday
6:15 a.m. Tenebrae
10:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass

April 20: Easter Sunday
11:00 a.m. Pontifical High Mass
3:30 p.m. Paschal Vespers

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Land Updates

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What's happening at our new Abbey site in Silverado Canyon these days?

Following the completion of the staking of the project boundary by our civil engineer we trimmed coastal sage scrub and southern cactus scrub vegetation under the oversight of a professional biological monitor. Our goal was to complete this work prior to the March 15 nesting season. The trimming was completed by February 14, and no California gnatcatchers were observed during this work. In addition, the salvaged cactus pads are now being stored for on-site restoration.

We also recently completed some "stumping" of trees (which takes the tree down to the stump without disturbing the root/soil). Through this process we learned sadly that many of the trees on-site were diseased.

While our approved land use plan called for the entire "orchard" area to be graded, we did modify our plans so that we were able to keep about half (or the central part) of the orchard area.  In addition, we are working hard to nurse back to health several additional avocado trees. We have also been able to retain the jujube and persimmon trees as well as the large sapote tree and the larger walnut and avocado trees near the existing barn. To help ensure the visual barrier to the road, we also are trying to keep all the trees along Silverado Canyon Road.
 
Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Dear Friends,
Back beginning in 1977 after Fr. James' and my ordination, I was periodically sent to the Holtz ranch, which served as a mission station, to say Mass. Abbot Parker filled this assignment as well - it was part of our work for St. Cecilia's parish in Tustin, where our community had provided Sunday help for Masses for years. Reading through Fr. Norbert's article on the history of the Holtz ranch, I am moved at the Providential connection between our community and the Holtz family and their land, come which I knew and some that was a revelation to me.
 
Liturgical Customs

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Q. Why do you have different liturgical customs at the abbey than I see in my parish?
 
A. For several reasons. First, because we are an abbey community and sing the Liturgy of the Hours publicly every day, our prayer will look different than a typical parish: there's more of it, and there are prayers which do not involve Mass.  Many of these prayer periods (the liturgy of the hours) would look like a group of men singing psalms back and forth to someone walking in off the street into our church for the first time. There are also little variants in our chant repertoire that are more pronounced during the celebrations of Christmas and Holy Week/Easter each year.  These differences spring from the historical time the order was founded (12th century) and also from the location of its communities.  Prémontré, the valley where St. Norbert established his first community, was in the diocese of Laon in northern France, but Norbertines were disseminated widely throughout Europe and even in the Middle East within a hundred years of the order's founding in 1121.  Customs from these situations shaped the liturgical expression of the entire order.

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