by Fr Michael Perry
Hello Everyone and Happy Feast Day
It is a glorious day here at the monastery and it is the first day of Spring.
The robins are pecking for grubs and worms on the chapel lawn, little blue flowers are blooming next to the snow drops just outside the Portery and everything seems normal, but it’s not.
The guest houses are all empty and as of tomorrow the gift shop will be closed We have been celebrating private Mass in the monastery common room but only the monks are allowed to participate. The usual friends and oblates who are often here for Mass are not coming, by order of the bishop. So for now it is our nine brothers, one observer, Fr Don and me trying to stay healthy because if one of us gets the virus …….
And of course we are following the liturgical guidelines published by the bishop. They are pretty much the same as everywhere else.
The refectory reading is an account of the event of 9/11 , 2001. Pretty horrifying as it is broken down in detail by the minute. That’s at lunch. At supper Brother John started us off last night on Hayden’s “ Seven last Words of Christ” which, if you don’t know it is worth finding especially as we are at the mid-way Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday.
We are very aware of what is going on all over the world and our prayers go to every place where the virus is as devastating as we know it to be. Please stay safe, yourself, and stay healthy.
That’s it for now.
The bell just rang so off l/we go yo the chapel. Although all celebrations of the Eucharst functions are limited to the community, the Hours of the Divine Office are not and during the day people are coming to the chapel to pray. We will keep it open unless, for reasons of prevention, we are told to close it to the public.
Fr Don and I will continue to offer Mass with the brothers and you will be remembered at each of the Masses. Please pray for us.
Fr Michael Perry