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July 2014

Solemnity of Saint Benedict, Patriarch

MS illum, 1025 AD

Benedictines and their friends remember Saint Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism and Co-Patron of Europe, Friday, 11 July.

Born 480 A.D., his Rule for Monasteries brought order and creativity to a world of decadence and corruption. The manuscript illustration depicts our Founder as a law-giver. What we know of Saint Benedict comes from the Second Book of the Dialogues written by Pope St. Gregory the Great. The office hymn, Gemma caelestis recalls his vision of the death of his twin sister, Scholastica, and the sequence, Laeta quies, poetically recalls incidents of Benedict's life in the light of scriptural precedents.

Many monasteries use this date for the profession of vows. Congratulations to the many Benedictine men and women making first or final commitments or celebrating jubilees of monastic profession. 


 


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