Silverstream Priory is privileged to possess this magnificent conical chasuble in the style made famous by the school of the Abbey of Beuron. The medallion on the chasuble, depicting Saint Benedict himself as the Good Shepherd, takes its inspiration from the Holy Rule wherein Saint Benedict writes concerning the abbot: “Let him imitate the loving example of the Good Shepherd, who, leaving the ninety and nine sheep on the mountains, went to seek one which had gone astray, on whose weakness He had such compassion that He vouchsafed to lay it on His own sacred shoulders and so bring it back to the flock” (Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter XXVII).
Sermon at Silverstream Priory
Good Shepherd Sunday 2018
Misericordia Domini plena est terra.
The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord. (Psalm 32:5)
Singing these words of the Introit — an extraordinary affirmation — we crossed the threshold into today’s Holy Mass. Hear too, in a kind mystic counterpoint, this word of Moses to the children of Israel:
It is not above thy reach, it is