See below for more information
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Novice Class Assignment:
Read the Prologue of the Rule of Saint Benedict. Meets in the Upstairs Chapel - third floor.
Class is led by Brother Stanislaw, OSB.
Oblate Class Assignment:
Read the chapters on Acedia, Vainglory, and Pride (click on the link that states Acedia, Vainglory, and Pride. Then you may read and download the chapters).
Meets in the Lake Room - third floor.
This session meets in the Lake Room after the Oblate Class. There is a short break to get coffee and desserts.
The third session will be an abbey project of framing 40 pictures. Abbot Isaac requested help from those in the oblate program. This is a fun project. Everyone should be able to help on this easy project!!
An additional email will have pictures of the framing project materials so you have a better idea of what to expect.
The third session ends at 3:55 pm.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1
What to bring:
flat head screwdriver or putty knife
If you don't have those items, come anyway!
The revised schedule for the day is:
10:00 am Mass
11:05 am Novice class (anyone may attend and is encouraged to do so)
12:00 pm Midday prayer with the monks
12:20 pm Lunch with the monks
1:15 pm Framing project in the Lake Room third floor.
We will work in pairs to bend up the metal tabs on the back of 40 frames. We will take off the backs of the frame, insert the picture, use blue masking tape to hold the picture, replace all the backing, then bend down the tabs. We may also attach the wire to hang the frame. How to tie wire video.
Pictures of our framing project.
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AFTER FRAMING IS FINISHED
We will fold up the tables. We will have a snack and chat break for about 15 minutes.
Then we will have a sharing and discussion session on "How I live the oblate life."
Father Fidelis will give a brief overview of the elements of living an oblate life.
Then we will draw names from a hat and ask each person whose name is drawn (if they want) to share what changes they have made, what works, their joys and blessings, things they have struggled with, and tips for us who are also on the same journey to dwell with God and live a contemplative life, listening with the ear of our heart.
One tip is to get chimes for your home so that every 15 minutes you hear the same bells as at the abbey.
3:55 pm end of the third session.
5:00 pm Solemn Vespers with the monks (if you can stay).
WHAT ABOUT THE READINGS?
Abbot Isaac asked us to read those chapters. We will not discuss them as such this Oblate Sunday, but the wisdom they contain may help to identify what obstacles we all fight against each day or every hour in my case!
The Saving Grace (August 3)
The monks thank everyone who brought items. Your gifts help the monks tremendously and they appreciate your remembering them when you shop.
Remember the Drive-Thru Drop Off Service provided by Dan Spears 9:30 am to 9:45 am by the Abbey Welcome Center.
Thank you. Each month the monks express their appreciation and thanks for everyone who helps them in The Saving Grace.
If you want to read the Holy Rule in the 1865 translation/amplification by a priest of Mount Melleray Cistercian Abbey in Ireland, here is the interesting book in Google Books. The Holy Rule of Saint Benedict translated by a priest of Mount Melleray, Abbey. History of Mount Melleray Abbey.
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