Monday, March 21, 2011

Passing of Our Holy Father St. Benedict, March 21

We Benedictines enjoy a two feasts each year in honor of our Holy Founder.  The Transitus, or commemoration of the death of St. Benedict, is celebrated today, March 21.  Since this feast fall in Lent, the universal Church celebrates the feast of St. Benedict on July 11, recognizing him as the Father of Western Monasticism (and in Europe, also as Patron of Europe). 

For the feast day, we thought you might enjoy this novena prayer:

Novena to St. Benedict

Glorious St. Benedict who taught us the way to religious perfection by the practice of self-conquest, mortification, humility, obedience, prayer, silence, retirement and detachment from the world, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under your special protection (mention here).  Vouchsafe to recommend it to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus.  Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints to praise Him through all eternity.  O most powerful Saint Benedict, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven, there to worship and enjoy the most holy and adorable Trinity forever and ever.  Amen.

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be.

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