Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle: August 2010 Archives

A Time of Blessings

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Photos by Paula Cole

Writing from Connecticut

I'm writing from my parents' dining room table in Connecticut! Today is the first full day of my annual eight day home visit. Connecticut is greener and cooler than Oklahoma: a welcome relief. And my mother and father are flourishing, thank God.

Monsignor Arthur Calkins

Last week was extraordinarily busy and blessed at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle. Among our illustrious visitors were the Right Reverend Monsignor Arthur B. Calkins, a well-known Mariologist, who has laboured in the service of the Holy See at the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome for over twenty years. Monsignor Calkins celebrated Holy Mass and preached on the feast of Our Lady's Assumption and, on the same day, addressed our Oblates, at their monthly meeting, on Marian Co-redemption and Consecration to Our Lady in the teachings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Monsignor shared fully in our life, joining his voice to ours at Holy Mass and the Hours, and enlivening our recreations.

Deacon Sean Davidson

On Thursday last, we welcomed the Reverend Deacon Sean Davidson (see photos), a fine Irishman from County Sligo, and a member of the recently founded community of the MIssionnaires du Très-Saint-Sacrement (known in English as Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist) of the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in France. The Missionaries are dedicated to the promotion of perpetual Eucharistic adoration in parishes. They draw their inspiration from the Eucharistic charism of Saint Peter Julian Eymard.


A Eucharistic Evening

Deacon Sean addressed some of the Oblates and friends of our monastery last Thursday evening on Eucharistic adoration according to the teachings of Saint Peter Julian Eymard. Sean shared his own spiritual journey, his "Eucharistic" conversion, the challenges of seminary life in Ireland and Rome and, finally, his decision to join the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist in southern France. He communicated to all of us something of his own ardent love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We began the evening with Eucharistic adoration and Vespers, and ended it with veneration of the relic of Saint Peter Julian Eymard.

Irish Connections

Together with Vultus Christi reader Ailish Melia (Keshcarrigan, Cty. Leitrim), Deacon Sean had occasion to visit, for the first time, one of Ireland's Eucharistic holy places, the Franciscan Convent of Perpetual Adoration in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, shortly before coming to the United States. Drumshanbo is well known to some of the Irish readers of Vultus Christi. For over 140 years, the convent bell has rung out every hour on the hour as adorers succeed one another at the prie-dieu before the Eucharistic Face of Jesus. Drumshanbo continues to be a hearth of Eucharistic adoration, spreading abroad the light and warmth of Our Divine Lord's presence in the Sacrament of His Love.

Our Lady of Knock

We completed our novena to Our Lady of Knock for her liturgical feast on 22 August, the vigil of the Octave Day of the Assumption. The entire octave, during which we called on Our Lady of Knock every evening after Compline, was a time of abundant blessings. Thank you, Monsignor Calkins, and Deacon Sean, for allowing yourselves to be numbered among those blessings.

Will you pray with us?

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Novena to Our Lady of Knock
August 13 -- 21, 2010

Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Our Lady of Knock,
Queen of the Cenacle,
and Mother of all who unite themselves
to your Immaculate Heart
in a prayer that is persevering and full of confidence,
look graciously upon the beginnings of this monastery
dedicated to you,
and set apart for the adoration of your Divine Son,
hidden in the Sacrament of His Love.

Intercede for those whom you have chosen
to live in the radiance of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus,
and to abide close to His Open Heart
together with you and with Saint John the Beloved Disciple.
Let nothing discourage them
as, day by day, they seek the Face of your Son,
and through Him offer themselves to the Father,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit,
for the healing and sanctification of priests.

Keep them humble and joyful in fidelity to the wisdom of Saint Benedict
and to the teachings of his Holy Rule.
Fill their dwelling with the sweet fragrance of your virginizing presence
so that all who enter there
may experience the happiness of the pure in heart
and the joy of those whose sins have been blotted out
in the Blood of the Lamb.

Be to them a Mother of Perpetual Help,
ready at every moment to assist them in their needs,
both spiritual and material,
so that with you,
we may magnify the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Whose mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him,
and Who, even in our day, does wonders for His lowly servants. Amen.

Three Hail Marys.

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Cenacle, pray for us.
Mediatrix of all graces, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Blessed Columba Marmion, pray for us.

Vultum tuum, Domine, requiram

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"La Trasfigurazione" by Marco Pino, 1578

Among the many days in the liturgical calendar that direct our gaze to the holy and glorious Face of Jesus, the feast of the Transfiguration is the one I love most. Holy Mass will open today with the sublime Third Mode Introit, Tibi dixit:

Tibi dixit cor meum, quaesivi vultum tuum,
My heart has said to Thee, I have sought Thy Face,
vultum tuum, Domine, requiram:
Thy Face, O Lord, will I seek,
ne avertas faciem tuam a me.
Turn not Thy Face from me.

V. Dominus illuminatio mea et salus mea:
The Lord is my light and my salvation:
quem timebo?
whom shall I fear?

No other chant better expresses the Benedictine vocation, for what Saint Benedict requires, before all else, of one who would become a monk, is that one truly seek God. And where is the God-seeking soul to direct his gaze, if not toward the Face of Jesus? "The light of the knowledge of the glory of God," says the Apostle, is "in the Face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). Rightly, then, did we sing this morning at Matins:

R. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts,
* To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God,
in the Face of Jesus Christ.
V. Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness;
he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
* To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the Face of Jesus Christ.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
* To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the Face of Jesus Christ.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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