Jubilee Novenas

As they observe their Jubilee Year, the Norbertine Fathers of St Michael's Abbey  
invite you to participate in the second of three Jubilee Novenas:

A Lenten Novena for the
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord,  
We Preach Christ and Him Crucified  

Saturday, March 17th through Sunday, March 25th
Each Evening at 7:00 in the Abbey Church

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Celebrating 50 Years: Week 29

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Did you know that the priests and seminarians at St. Michael's practice abstinence every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, year round?

Lent is known by the faithful as a time to give up things, do penance and give alms.  Yet the traditional practices of fasting and abstinence from meat carry over into the abbey's practice even during the year.  At the abbey, meat is abstained from every Friday of the year and this is still encouraged for all the faithful, even though it has been ignored much in the last 40 years.  In addition, the community at St. Michael's abstains from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. This is an ancient custom in monastic orders and something that has been preserved at the abbey.

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Celebrating 50 Years: Week 30
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What is one hour?

 

Our schedules have become clogged with so many things that stress and busyness seem to take over, crushing our days. Time itself seems to conspire against us, as a thousand menial tasks loom on the horizon, burdening our minds and hearts and challenging us to find enough time to finish them all in due order. Lent is the time to step back from all of this, seek contact with the Lord and place time itself back under the dominion of its Creator. God, the Creator of time, dwells in eternity. Take an hour of your day, 60 minutes, 3600 seconds... and pray.  Pray alone, pray with your spouse or your friends - pray with your family or a loved one, but take the time to pray. What is one hour out of your schedule, and how would prayer improve it?  Lent is a time of prayer, so turn off the television for an hour and pray; get off the Internet for an hour and pray. Stop worrying about everything, and pray - not asking to have health or financial gain, not asking for the conversion of anyone (you can pray for these things later) but just saying, "Speak Lord, your servant is listening."  Spend an hour with God today.

 
Celebrating 50 Years: Week 28

100217012Q: Where do the ashes of come from?

A: Each year, at the onset of Holy Week, the Church celebrates Palm Sunday - and palm branches are blessed for the faithful to carry in procession before the Mass, commemorating the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem before His Passion.  These palms are kept, and on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) they are burnt down to ashes, which are the ashes used to sign people's foreheads at Mass at the beginning of Lent.  Thus, the very matter that brings one Lenten season to completion one year is used to open Lent the next year.

 

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