Memories: Holy Week and Easter 2020 at Mount St. Benedict

Holy Week and Easter were different for everyone this year of 2020, including the Erie Benedictines. The monastery remains closed to guests and visitors and pandemic restrictions are in place. We maintain our daily horarium (schedule) of ora et labora—prayer and work—with a special time of communal lectio divina (scriptural reading, meditation and prayer) that we dedicate to mindfulness of all those who are affected by COVID-19.

Blessed by community we celebrated the days of Holy Week and the Triduum in a meaningful and memorable way with one another. It was special from beginning to end with a virtual foot washing and an online Good Friday Pilgrimage; a chapel filled with beautiful flowers and Easter Light; a dinner that welcomed our kitchen staff to the table with us; and an Easter evening supper of homemade pizza and cupcakes. We share our memories through a series of photos that capture just some of the moments that brought us together. Click on the picture to view a short video or click here.

In the words of our prioress, Sister Anne Wambach: “Despite uncertainties and cancellations, change and challenge, we are stronger because of how we as a community have tried to make the best of the present situation; because of how we have tried to attend to old needs and new needs with listening hearts, open minds, giving hands and generous spirits. We are living the truth of the Easter Gospel and we find joy despite human fear. We are very much like the women who went to the tomb of Jesus on Easter morning: women standing together, who bolster one another’s strength and live with resurrection spirit and courage. Faith prevails, love overcomes, and in all things God is glorified.”