Readings: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56
The community Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM; there will be no Mass integrated with Lauds at 7:00 AM, rather Lauds in its integrity will be celebrated at that hour. Abbot Emeritus Robert Barnes will preside at Mass and Fr. James will preach. Mary Queen of Heaven is the special patron of all the monasteries of the Cistercian Order, so this is a very special day for us. As a non-work day, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will follow Vespers (5:30 PM); all are welcome to join us.
Dom Joseph will be at Holy Spirit Abbey, Conyers, Georgia, with the other superiors of the U.S. monasteries to assist at the abbatial blessing of Dom Augustine. This year a number of our superiors have reached retirement age and a new generation is assuming leadership.