The Solemnity of Benedict

The Solemnity of Benedict is celebrated April 5 this year since Holy Week preceded the actual date of March 21.

We join Benedictines around the world and commemorate the passing (transitus) of Benedict. It is a day on which we give thanks for the wisdom and insight of Benedict's Rule as we ask for the continued grace to embrace the monastic way of life with energy and excitement.

From A Monastery Almanac by Joan Chittister, OSB

March 21: The [solemnity] of Benedict: The life of this man whose ideals and Rule have guided people for over 1500 years is clear proof that everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one. That's a scary idea, isn't it?


Prayer for Benedict's Day

O God, today Benedict gives us a reminder of who we want to become.

Using the words of a gentle, disciplined Abbot, Benedict gives us in his Rule the wisdom of spirituality: how to live a Christ-centered life.

It is the Rule of Benedict that teaches us the way to live lives that reflect your love.

May we daily live a life of caring ─ showing kindness and compassion to all in each and every situation, so that a future of hope will be seeded by authentic actions of courage and commitment.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.