Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blessed feast of St. Walburga




          St. Walburga was a Benedictine Nun born in England in 710, who worked with her uncle, St. Boniface, in Christianizing Germany.  Walburga was born in Dorset, England, in a noble Anglo-Saxon family.  Walburga's mother is known as Wuna and tradition has also called her "Blessed Wuna" though there is no canonical evidence to support this.  But Richard, her father, Willibald and Wunibald (her two brothers) and Walburga have all received full recognition as Saints by the Church.
               Walburga was brought up from her earliest years by the nuns of Winborne.  Winborne was a double monastery (a form of monasticism widespread at the time); the nuns being entirely separate from the monks and usually governed by an Abbess.
                St. Boniface and St. Lioba, relatives of Walburga, entered religious life at an early age.  In 740, St. Boniface appealed for a group of Anglo-Saxon women to help on the mission in Germany.  St. Lioba, a cousin of Boniface, appears to have been in the first group.  Walburga was to follow her.
                The remains of St. Walburga were solemnly brought to Eichstaett (between 870 and 879) where they were placed facing the choir, beneath the little Holy Cross Church over which the present Church of St. Walburga stands today.  During the translation of her relics, St. Walburga's bones were beaded over by a liquid.  This flow of oil appears yearly between the 12th of October (the feast of her translation) until her anniversary of her death, February 25.   
                The Church and Crypt of St. Walburga are part of our motherhouse in Eichstaett, Germany not far from Munich.  The "oil" is a clear liquid resembling water in appearance.  As the Walburga oil only flows for a short time each year, the nuns at Abtei St. Walburg have mixed the oil with holy water as a means of making it available to as many individuals as possible.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pro-Life day of Prayer Jan 21st 2015

Pro-Life day of Prayer





Day of prayer and adoration, with reflections on the value of

life by Mother Mary Anne OSB.

We offer this day of prayer to show our support for the


Pro-life march in Washington D.C.


January 21st. 2015

1:30 pm to 6:30 pm

You are welcome to come to any part of the day,

no charge for this event


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Blessed Epiphany 2015

Nativity Cor Jesu Chapel St. Emma Monastery.

Blessed Epiphany!!!

This is still one of my favorite images, the figures in our nativity allows for the gifts to be taken out of the hands of the kings thus allowing them to hold the baby Jesus. 

God Bless your New Year!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rule of St. Benedict ~ for beginners


HERE BEGINNETH THE PROLOGUE TO A RULE FOR MONASTERIES

"Hearken continually within thine heart, O son, giving attentive ear to the precepts of thy master. Understand with willing mind and effectually fulfil thy holy father’s admonition; that thou mayest return, by the labour of obedience, to Him from Whom, by the idleness of disobedience, thou hadst withdrawn. To this end I now address a word of exhortation to thee, whosoever thou art, who, renouncing thine own will and taking up the bright and all-conquering weapons of obedience, dost enter upon the service of thy true king, Christ the Lord."

St. Benedict starts his Rule off as a welcome to comers to the monastery. 
We are looking forward to welcoming a new Postulant on Monday. 
So lets give the Lord the ear of thine heart, and listen to what is calling us to for the greater glory of His Kingdom. 



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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels



May our Guardian Angels always look after us and protect us from the Evil one, and sing us to sleep.

Someone suggested that I should name my Guardian Angel, so that when I need a little extra help (who doesn't) I can call him/her by name.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Prayer of His Holiness Benedict XVI


Ground Zero, New York
Sunday, 20 April 2008


O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

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