Thursday, March 22, 2018
I'VE ALWAYS HAD AN AFFINITY FOR THE BENEDICTINES
Savannah has a Benedictine Priory and an all boys Benedictine High School (BC) attached to it. There are about 7 priests and brothers in residence. It is a humongous priory. These Benedictines are out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
For the Benedictines, March 21 is one of their major Solemnities. It is the death of Saint Benedict.
Thus the priests of the Savannah Deanery along with our bishop and bishop emeritus were invited for Solemn Sung Vespers and dinner, with a happy hour after vespers. Be sure to mark this, Makers Mark is my favorite bourbon and they had it!
The meal was delicious.
But back to Solemn Sung Vespers. It was chanted in English and I had forgotten how much better it is the pray the Office in community rather than alone, with the temptation to rush through it in order to get it over with. And Chant in English is just lovely. Isn't it too bad that those in authority in the hierarchy don't insist that the Catholic laity have the ability to chant at Mass as the normal aspect of the Sung Mass?
The Superior General of the worldwide Benedictines (who is out of the Conception Benedictine Monastery in Missouri but now in Rome) will be visiting the Priory shortly.
He was named Superior General more than a year ago. And oddly enough when I was in Rome on my month long sabbatical, a group of us went out to have some gelato not far from St. Peter's and the new Superior General was there in full habit with some other Benedictine dignitaries. I had a nice chat with him.