Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A New Monastic Beer from the Monastery of Norcia: Birra Nursia

Continuing our monastic theme from yesterday, any discussion around monasticism can with the utmost of certainty involve three subjects of related discussion: (1) the sacred liturgy, (2) monastic spirituality/discipline and (3) beer -- yes, you did read that right.

It turns out that one of our favourite group of Benedictine's, the monastery of San Benedetto in Norcia, have embarked upon the enterprise of brewing its own beer: Birra Nursia.

A good opportunity to continue to support those monasteries which show particular interest in Pope Benedict's new liturgical movement.

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Incidentally, while we are on the subject of Norcia, Fr. Cassian Folsom, the prior of the same monastery, will be leading a pilgrimage, "In the Footsteps of St. Benedict" from October 24th to November 2nd, 2012.

Highlights include:

+ The Monastery of San Benedetto, Norcia; birthplace of Sts. Benedict & Scholastica
+ Joining the Monks of Norcia for Vespers & Compline
+ Abbey of Monte Cassino and other sites of the twin saints
+ Assisi, birthplace of Sts. Francis & Clare
+ Florence, the jewel of the Renaissance
+ Rome, the Eternal City
+ Papal Audience with Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

More information is available off of their website, but it certainly looks like a once in a lifetime sort of opportunity to visit these important sites related to St. Benedict with a Benedictine prior as your guide.

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