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Pray the O Antiphons

The "O Antiphons," one of the oldest liturgical rituals in the church, are prayed around the world during the final days of Advent. For the seven days before Christmas, we recall in these prayers a quality of Christ that must be realized before the presence of Christ can consume the world.

Join us in prayer. Listen to the Benedictine Sisters sing the antiphons that were composed by the late Erie Benedictine Sister Mary David Callahan.

O Adonai

December 18
When we build a vision of life it is necessary to realize that Jesus must be the center of it—not our institutions, good as they may be; not our plans or personal talents, necessary as they are. — Joan D. Chittister, OSB

Prayer
O Adonai, leader of the ancient Israel, giving Moses, while in the burning bush, the law on Sinai. Come with outstretched arms and teach us.

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Advent is the season of preparing to birth the Christ in our lives and in our world. It is a time to slow down, to pray: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; it is a time to wait with patience for the reign of God. “It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us.” (From The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister, OSB)

Take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Advent with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel features the sisters’ handbell choir under the direction of Sister Marilyn Schauble.

Christmas Appeal 2018

Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ and the coming of Christ’s light into our world. The Christ child in our midst is a gift that invites us to expand our hearts and our giving.

Please consider a financial gift to our Christmas Fund! Your gift will support our ministries and assist with the upkeep of our monastery. It will also bring love and care to our senior sisters who worked so long for so little.

Click here to read more or go to our secure website and give now.

News and Events

Advent: Week I
December 2, 2018

We wait in hope.
We wait in expectation.
We pray for the light of Christ to come into the world.

 

 

 

Joan Chittister to attend COP 24
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Joan Chittister leaves this week to be part of the Global Peace Initiative of Women delegation attending the Third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24, in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3-8. She will be a dialogue participant on a panel interfaith event: “Finding Hope in a Time of Transition,” and will speak at the forum: “Uniting in Our Environmental Work: The Role of Women and Young People.” This conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris...

A bountiful harvest
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Tennessee Backporch, Erie’s “premier variety band,” welcomes additional musicians for this special production. The show, created by Chris and Julie Moore, founding members of the band, showcases a number of original songs, many by Chris himself, as...

Cross out passive, change it to active
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A Thanksgiving Wish
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Mass of Remembrance Celebrated
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The annual diocesan mass remembering the religious women and men, oblates and associates, diocesan priests and permanent deacons and Serra Club members/spouses who died during the last year was celebrated at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy on Monday evening, November 19. A Rite of Remembrance was included and the names of the deceased were read as the assembly joined in singing: “Quietly, peacefully, may they rest in you.” Included in those named were Sister Jean Lavin, OSB and David Armor, Virginia Bertges, Betsy Page, and Robert Della Valle-Rauth, Benedictine oblates.

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New Art House Video
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“She was so adorable in her new outfit,” said Sister Mary. “I’m thankful for Kelley Glass and Andrea Hallman for organizing our 23rd annual coat drive.”

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