Lectio Lights from the Monastery

Reflections for the Day

Lights from Our Lectio:
The Gospel applied using the Prism of the Rule of St. Benedict

I am the light of the world (John 8:12).  The Gospel captures the light of Christ so that we might meet Him and see ourselves and our world through the light of His love and being.

St. Benedict applies the Gospel to daily living; through the prism of his Rule, separating the light of Christ into “various colors” as through a prism, allowing us to experience the light of Christ in various, pragmatic ways. 

May you find the light of Christ further refracted through our prayer and lectio, enlightening your mind and warming for your heart.

Reflection for day listed here below…

Saturday, April 7

Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil:  how rich!  The lighting of the Paschal candle out by the big cross, following the “Light of Christ” candle into the darkened chapel where Christ’s flame enkindles the other candles that we carry and the church is “light-ened” by us candle carrying Catholic Christians.

The priest sings the Exsultet (very worthwhile to look it up on line or in the Missalette) with its captivating melody. The most famous of these words might be “O happy fault!  O necessary evil that brought about our redemption!”  What hope that nothing is outside God’s parameters and bounds!

As a monastery we read all seven of the Old Testament readings (and of course the New Testament reading) and sing the Responsorial Psalms between them.  The whole story of our salvation history from Creation through the Resurrection catches us up into the flow of our salvation.

The renewal of our Baptismal promises follows.  We know that originally Lent was the catechetical period for candidates who would be baptized during the Vigil.  Do we really think what it is when we renounce the lies and treacheries, the deceptions and the shortcuts that the devil uses to get us off track?

The Mass continues and includes the wonderful, joyful Easter hymns with the Alleluias tumbling out all over.

Easter Sunday we begin our day with sung Lauds at 6:30 am and Mass at 8:00 am.

May your celebration of Easter be as rich as ours!