The monastery is the privileged custodian of many relics of the saints which are venerated liturgically on their respective feast days and whose intercession we seek regularly .
Today, in preparing for First Vespers of All Saints we incorporated some newly arrived relics that have been entrusted to the monastery into our reliquaries: Pope Saint Gregory II († 731); Saint Boniface († 754); Saint Thomas Becket († 1162); the Croatian Blessed Aloysius Stepinac († 1960) and of the Italian visionary and stigmatic Blessed Maria Bolognese (†1980).
Omnes sancti et sanctae Dei, orate pro nobis !
The monastery library contains many treasures but amongst them one is singularly important: a Missale Monasticum secundum ritum Casinensis published in Venice in 1515. It is a truly beautiful missal, illustrated throughout with small woodcuts for the Gospel passage of each Mass and full-page woodcuts for the greater feasts and seasons. Those who have seen our Mass intention card will already know the beauty of these illustrations.
We have carefully photographed two of the larger woodcuts from the Mass of Christmas day to produce Christmas cards for our friends and benefactors and others who wish to share the beauty of this very early printed missal and thereby support the monastery.
Printed on 18.2 x 11.7 cm white card stock, the Christmas cards are blank inside and come with a matching envelope. They are available at the monastery or can be sent by post (including internationally, often locally, in good time and at a reasonable cost).
The cards are discounted according to the total quantity purchased: 1+ €2,50; 5+ €2,25; 10 €2,00; 20 €1,85; 30 €1,75; 40 €1,65; 50 €1,50; 75 €1,35; 100+ €1,25.
To order, please email the monastery and state the quantity of the card(s) you wish. The first card is “The Nativity” and the second (including the liturgical text) is “The Mass of Christmas Day”. Please include your full delivery address and a contact phone number (for delivery). We will calculate the shipping cost and send you a PayPal invoice. Upon receipt of this you can confirm your order with your payment and the cards will be dispatched as soon as possible.
Given the exigencies of the postal system we recommend ordering as soon as possible.
On September 17th we were singularly blessed to received the renewal of monastic vows in our monastery of a new confrère, Dom Bernward, who comes to us with a wealth of monastic wisdom and experience. Thanks be to Almighty God and to all who have fostered and assisted him in his vocation to our small but growing monastic family.
+ It is impossible to listen to chapter 64 of the Holy Rule “On the appointment of the abbot” and once again to hear the high standards set by Saint Benedict for the father of the monastery without a profound realisation of how much any ecclesiastical superior must rely on God’s grace even to begin to approach the standards required of him and indeed, without it provoking an examination of conscience. Please pray for your monastic father!