Liturgical Feasts & Seasons
And so we have the great solemnities of the Church year: Christmas and Easter. We have the seasons that surround the solemnities: Advent before Christmas and the Christmas Season afterward; Lent before Easter and the Easter Season afterward, concluding with Pentecost. We have Ordinary Time, that time when the Holy Spirit is working in the ordinary way to draw us more deeply into the life of grace and holiness. We also remember those days made special by the life and death of the holy men and women who heroically lived the life of grace before us, the saints.
God, Humanity, & Time in a Monastery
In a monastery life to a great degree revolves around the time of the Church’s year of grace. The monks and their guests gather in the Abbey church to remember the saving events of Our Lord. By this remembering they are drawn into the very mystery of salvation. They remember by praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the “Work of God,” as St. Benedict called, and by celebrating the Mass. Here at Mount Angel we recite the offices of Vigils and sing Lauds, Noonday Prayer, Vespers, and Compline each day.
The Community Mass is the center of our day. The offices and the Mass keep us in tune with the days of the Church’s year of grace and bring us into contact with the Lord and His saving works. The Liturgical Year is our Benedictine way of journeying together unto everlasting life.