Posts tagged Lent
March 25 - Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord

Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord! For a treat, here is the hymn we sang at Lauds this morning. As we and "all creation" rejoice in Mary's "yes" today, let us pray to receive the Lord with courage and humility, just as she did.


The hymn was originally written by St. John Damascene and is used in the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Our musical setting was composed by our Dominican brother fr André Gouzes, and translated into English for us by one of our sisters. Those of you who have visited our chapel will also recognize the icon of Our Lady, who is to the right of our altar (to the left is an icon of St. Dominic).

We hope that you have a beautiful feast!

February 1 - Paschal Candles

For the past two years, Sr. Florentina Marie has been hard at work in our downstairs candle workshop, hand-pouring Paschal candles (as well as all our altar candles, Advent candles and other interesting creations) and letting them cure. This January, she spent time with our Franciscan Poor Clare sisters at St. Clare's Monastery in Duncan learning how to decorate and finish the Paschal candles with a variety of fine wax designs. Thank-you, dear sisters, for your gracious and joyful support! Here are the "first fruits" of this year's candles.