Thursday, November 6, 2014

Conception Seminarians Visit Mount Michael

If you visit my blog on occasion, you will have noticed that I have not updated it for several months. 
It is not because I have tired of creating new blogs, but that I have more duties these days and it is difficult to keep up with it all.
One of my added responsibilities is working with seminarians at Mount Michael's mother house at Conception. I am a chaplain at Conception Seminary and live and work there from Monday evenings until Fridays of each week.
When I return to Mount Michael, I fall back into my responsibilities here. Admittedly, it is a challenge to keep up.
I hope to keep up better with creating more blogs in the future now as I am becoming more familiar with my responsibilities.
In October some of the seniors visited Mount Michael and prayed Vespers and ate a meal with us on a Saturday evening. They are pictured here below.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Season of 2014

Although I did not get a post done on Holy Saturday, the transformation of our chapel began on that day. The starkness of Good Friday is now in the past and color and new life are all around us -- inside the chapel, in the Armory (student union), outside -- green grass -- and new life especially in the courtyards, including lots of singing birds!!! And Easter would not be complete without the Easter Rabbit. He even brought Easter eggs to Nate LaFave.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday -- 2014

Although the weather looks as if today promises to be a very beautiful day, there is a distinct starkness about the reality of this day. Our chapel definitely speaks of starkness.

Can you imagine the anguish of the mother of Jesus on this day?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday 2014

It is Holy Thursday morning of 2014. The environment is pretty much all set in our chapel for this evening's celebration. This is the night of the first Eucharist. This is the night of the washing of the feet. This night has always had a special place in my heart.

Below are some photos of our chapel as it has been prepared for Holy Thursday's celebration. Please notice the print of the Last Supper in one of the niches in the chapel. There are 11 apostles there at the table -- not 12. Obviously, Judas is already gone.

Since the gospels at the Eucharist the last few days have centered on Judas and his handing over of Jesus with a kiss, Judas has been on my mind alot these days.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Holy Week -- Wonderful Memories of Seminary Days

Holy Week was always a very special time here at Mount Michael, but especially during seminary days when it was St. John's Seminary. I will always cherish those memories.

For the last few years we have brought back some practices that we did in seminary days -- like the Seder Meal. Although we did not have the Seder meal as such this year, we did have what we call the Service Meal. We had lunch in the gym -- family style. The adult at each table served the main dish to all the students at the table. This was done in fashion (of sorts) as we do in the abbey-- the abbot waits tables that night and then he washes feet at the Holy Eucharist later.

Below are some photos of our Service Meal of 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Tell God I say yes."

Last evening -- March 24-- at First Vespers for the Annuciation our hymn was very striking for me and so early this morning, I did research on the composer John L Bell. He is a hymn writer in Scotland. He gives quite a twist to the normal text of a hymn and it catches one's attention to the meaning of a feast. Below is the text of the hymn

No wind at the window, no knock on the door;
No light from the lampstand, no foot on the floor;
No dream born of tiredness, no ghost raised by fear:
Just an angel and a woman and a voice in her ear.

"O Mary, O Mary, don't hide from my face,
Be glad that you're favored and filled with God's grace.
The time for redeeming the world has begun;
And you are requested to mother God's son.

"This child must be born that the kingdom might come;
Salvation for many, destruction for some:
Both end and beginning, both message and sign;
Both victor and victim, Both yours and divine."

No payment was promised, no promises made;
No wedding was dated. No blue print displayed.
Yet Mary, consenting to what none could guess
Replied with conviction, "Tell God I say yes."

Would it not be a great thing if we could say YES to all God wants of us today!!!

Below are some photos of a painting that Br. Jerome is using for the Annuciation in the Chapel this year.
Unfortunately the glass covering the painting reflects light, but it also picks up the stained glass windows in the chapel.