Thursday, October 25, 2012

Liturgical Products from Monasteries

There are a few products of a liturgical bent which have come our way from two different Benedictine monasteries that I wished to mention to our readers.

The first comes from the Monastere Saint-Benoit in France. They have produced cards for the vesting prayers, one each for the priest, deacon and subdeacon. You can buy them separately or as a set. They also have vesting prayer cards for bishops celebrating pontifically according to the OF, or non-pontifically in the OF/EF. Do take a look at their site for more details.

The second item which I wished to mention was brought to our attention by the Monks of Norcia last week. They have put out a Liturgical Wall Calendar for 2013. Wonderfully, like the wall calendar put out the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, includes both the EF and OF calendars, though with the addition of specific Benedictine saints as well. Those who love the monastic or Benedictine tradition should be pleased about that, as well as the fact that the calendar gives photos of the Norcia monastery and monastic community for each month of the year.

I have noted in the past that these calendars are useful as aids in living a liturgical life at home. They serve those who pray the Divine Office well, and are also generally useful insofar as they quickly put the liturgical year before us with its various feast days and seasons.

I've also noted the importance of recovering a sense of connection with the monastic life. This liturgical wall calendar seems to serve both purposes quite well.

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