Liturgy and Prayer Schedule

Sunday Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

Morning Praise:
6:30 a.m. weekdays
Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Evening Praise: 5:30 p.m.
(During Lent and Advent,
Saturday Vigil is at 7:00 p.m.)

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Liturgy of the Hours

“Nothing is to be preferred to the Opus Dei, the Work of God” (Rule of Benedict Ch. 43). For Benedictine monastics this is the Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer form that is central to the life of the community and prayed three times a day. Based on the psalms, it is a means for God to be praised, a vehicle for the needs of all people in every part of the world to be remembered, and an opportunity for members to be shaped and changed.

January 20, 2017

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Why we read from the Rule of Benedict

The Rule of Benedict is a spiritual guide, rare by virtue of its ancient origins, valued for its continuing meaningfulness in every century since. It is wisdom literature. It stresses the need and nature of real community. It brings the rhythm and ointment of prayer. The Rule brings a life based on the equality and reverence that a world in search of peace requires. — The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister, OSB

Read from Chapter 4:
The Tools for Good Works

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Judaism Today:
A modern look at
an ancient faith

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov will share the ways in which Judaism is vibrant and relevant for all people. She will discuss the main tenants of Reform Judaism and how it continues to evolve.

Wednesday
January 24, 2018
7:00 PM

Mount St. Benedict Monastery
6101 East Lake Road, Erie, PA

Free and Open to the Public

About the Liturgical Seasons

Ordinary Time

The time between Christmas and Lent and the time between Pentecost and Advent became known as Ordinary Time, time outside the seasons of the two great feasts of the church. Time to rest in the contemplation of those centers of the faith that are the lodestones of our souls.

In this period that is between the two poles of the life of Jesus, we get to pause awhile. To take it all in. To make the connection between that life, that reality, and our own. They give us time to contemplate the intersection between the life of Jesus and our own. Ordinary Time reminds us that contemplation is the center of the Christian life. It is the place where the mind of Christ and our own come to know one another, where we integrate our concerns in this world by attuning them to the next.

A bit at a time, we begin to feel the great magnet of the liturgical year draw us more and more into the one clear message: in the liturgical year we live the life of Jesus day after day until finally one day it becomes our own. We become the message of it. We grow into the life of it. We ourselves become players in the great drama of the bringing of the reign of God to the turmoil of the world.

from The Liturgical Year
by Joan Chittister, OSB
Thomas Nelson Publ.