A Video Series with Abbot Jeremy

The videos in this series are short talks – coming from the Abbot’s heart and his many years of teaching – on a variety of spiritual and catechetical topics. The first episode is on the four main parts of the Mass and our participation as a community: The people of God assembled to hear and receive the Word of God. We hope you enjoy these talks and follow along as new episodes are released.

In episode five, Abbot Jeremy shows us the insightful contributions of the monastic life. Beyond just a life of prayer, monastic life can be a commentary on our contemporary culture, presenting a challenge and call to beauty, goodness, and tradition. "Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?" says the Rule of Benedict. It is a question posed not only to monks, but to all people. [Is our answer, "I do?"]

In episode four, Abbot Jeremy illuminates the profound meaning of the signs of the Eucharist, the bread and the wine, that become the Body and Blood of Christ. This is the liberating sacrifice of Christ on the cross; it is also the covenant of the love of Christ that binds to Himself all who receive the Eucharist.

In episode three, Abbot Jeremy explains the significance of receiving Holy Communion during the Mass in which the hosts are consecrated. This reception of Communion following the consecration of the bread and wine signifies the faithful's participation in the sacrifice actually being celebrated. The signs within the liturgy point to Christ, revealing himself to his people.

In episode two, Abbot Jeremy talks about the Eucharistic Prayer, the highpoint of the Mass in which the entire congregation joins with Christ in a prayer of thanksgiving and praise. All together, with all of the angels and saints, we sing “holy, holy, holy” as we are made one body and one spirit in Christ.

In this first video, Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., talks about the different parts of the Mass and how the Liturgy of the Word flows naturally into the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Above all, Abbot Jeremy explains the importance of the participation of the congregation – the “assembly” – in each part of the Eucharistic celebration.