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25 December, 2014 - Unto Us a Child Is Born

  

 

"The only adequate way to receive the glory of Christmas is to reflect it"

- Fr. Elias, Christmas Day homily

 
     

           

   

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We wish to extend our best wishes for a happy, safe and spiritually rich Christmas to everyone. May we all find joy in the birth of our Lord on this earth.

  

    
     
 

From the First Sermon of Christmas by
Bl. Guerric of Igny

Puer natus est nobis. Puer antiquus dierum. Puer forma corporis et aetate: antiquus dierum, incomprehensibili Verbi aeternitate. Quanquam et in ipsa sua dierum antiquitate etsi puer non sit, novus tamen semper sit; imo non tam novus sit, quam ipsa novitas in se semper manens et innovans omnia, a quo quaeque res prout recedit, inveteratur; prout reaccedit, renovatur.

 
     
 

"Unto us a child is born." A child, the ancient of days. A child in bodily form and age, but the ancient of days in the eternity of the incomprehensible Word. Although the ancient of days is not, in himself,  a child, nevertheless, he is always new. Indeed, he is not so much new as newness itself, since he always remains new in himself and renews all things. Everything grows old which moves away from him, and everything is renewed which comes back to him.

- quoted in the homily for Midnight Mass by Fr. Seamus

 

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December, 2014 - Shipping Season

   

           

   

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The season of Advent at Gethsemani also marks our shipping season. It is the time of year when the products we have been making throughout the year are shipped to the kind people who have given our fruitcake, fudge and cheese to family and friends as gifts for Christmas.

         
 

All of the monks not working in essential areas, such as the kitchen, gather in the shipping area to pack and label each box in readiness to be loaded into trucks from the post office and UPS to be delivered to your door.

Thanks to the generosity of all the members of the community, everything somehow comes together, and all the orders are shipped in time for Christmas.

 

   

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 The Rule of St. Benedict says "They are true monks if they live by the labour of their own hands," (48:8) and the Cistercian order has always taken this exhortation to heart.

At Gethsemani we are pleased that our food treats will be enjoyed by many through this holiday season.

 

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4 December, 2014 - Br. Bruno bids us farewell

  

           

Br. Bruno came to us in early 2010 as a guest from the monastery of Illah in Nigeria. In the nearly five years he has been with us, he has shared fully in the life of the community and has made his own unique contribution to it. Unfortunately, he now must return to his home monastery.

To send him on his way, the community held a gaudeamus, a speaking celebratory supper, in the refectory.

His joyful spirit, infectious laugh and generous nature will be missed. We hope you join with us in praying for Br. Bruno in all his future endeavours. 

    

   

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30 November, 2014 - Happy Advent!

  

           

As the Church begins a new liturgical year, we at the Abbey of Gethsemani wish you, your families and friends a very happy Advent season.

We hope that the joy of Christ's coming will fill your hearts and overflow to all those you care for.

  

    

   

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14 November, 2014 - Matthew Meyer joins the monastery

  

           

Please join us in welcoming
Matthew Meyer to the Abbey
of Gethsemani.

Matthew entered the abbey
on the 14th of November, 2014 and took the postulant's habit.

He will be a postulant for six months period after which he will officially become a novice and take a monastic name, if God's call seems to be genuine. 

Please pray for Matthew as he begins to seriously discern his vocation as a Cistercian monk.

  

    

   

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