Sunday, April 26, 2015

Remembering the Sacred Triduum 2015

Could you not watch with me one hour?"  This is the poignant question we remember our Lord saying to His disciples on that first Holy Thursday.  After our Mass of the Lord's Supper, we keep vigil until 1AM with our Eucharistic Lord at the repository in our chapter room.

"Christ was made obedient, even to death on a cross"  
Our Good Friday Cross after the Three O'Clock Service

Each of the Holy Days had its own icon displayed in our refectory.
Here is our Lord being laid in the tomb for Holy Saturday

All is ready for the Paschal Vigil!
Lilies trumpet His triumph in our Sanctuary

Our Glorious Paschal Candle

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pantry Shower

Only some of the many gifts that came to us today from our friends at
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish

Usually Sunday is a Sabbath day of rest, but not this Sunday!  For today was the annual pantry shower for the Poor Clares from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Newport News, Virginia.  Even though we moved from Newport News to Barhamsville 11 years ago, our faithful friends in our former home parish still remember us very generously.  This day was punctuated by the doorbell, soon followed by a hand bell summoning all able bodied Sisters to help haul, sort and distribute bag after bag of canned vegetables, fruits, and other household supplies emanating from cars driven by smiling parishioners.  Time and again we were able to thank these good servants of the Lord with our age old monastic formula, “May God reward you!”  Today, we prayed with special fervor our daily after-dinner prayer: “May You see fit, Lord, to bestow eternal life on all those who do good to us for Your sake”.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Moving Easter Event

Today is the Octave Day of Easter, Mercy Sunday!  Spring has finally come to Virginia after a long and cold winter.  New life is flourishing in our monastery gardens and in our monastic souls.  The ever new Paschal joy resounds in all our songs and music.

Yesterday was an historic day for us as we replaced our original choir seating 

with a newly designed arrangement.  

Two of our benefactors were on hand to unscrew and transport the old to new locations while the movers brought in the new seats.  We now have room to expand and to accommodate those who are asking to join us.  Here are some pictures of the “moving event”.

Our friends, Jim and Joe, removing the old choir seating

Outside on our front lawn. Cherry trees in full bloom!

New seating being installed

Finished!  View from the 2nd floor


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rejoice and be Glad! Christ is Risen!


 We have just celebrated the Sacred Mystery of Salvation.  We relived, as it were, the Passion and Death of Our Savior and the institution of His Most Blessed Sacrament.  We met Him in the chamber of His Love, entering His wounded side to experience with Him the great longing of His mercy.  His arms, outstretched and nailed upon the Cross, invite us with an open embrace to gaze upon and penetrate the wounds of God made vulnerable to the love of man.  He looks from the Cross with pitying eyes on those who, absorbed in themselves and the smallness of their lives, succumb to depression and despair.  He calls out to us “Look, This is what you are worth to Me.”  When we rise above ourselves to the reality of God and enter into the Mystery of His Perfect Love we can truly know the joy of being called to a life of meaning and eternal happiness. 

     This Wondrous Good does not end with the Beloved’s Sacrifice on the Cross.  Even as we relive the days of Lent and the Sacred Triduum there is one reality we cannot forget.  The Risen Christ, God in all His Majesty, is truly present in the Eucharist.  He is there, and our adoration is offered before the highest reality that exists.  There is nothing greater, nothing more profound, nothing more perfect than Our God who gives Himself to us.  We abide in the Mystery in Faith, but we may be fully confident that an everlasting life of grace awaits us at the end of our earthly offering.  Have a Most Blessed Paschaltide.  This is the Day the Lord has promised, Let us Rejoice and be Glad, therefore, and never cease to sing out our Joy!  Alleluia!