Day 10

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Abbey of Gethsemani

If I have been on retreat in the Springtime, I don’t remember it. It is a gorgeous time to be at the Abbey. The redbuds and dogwoods are in full bloom. The birds are singing continuously. The hills surrounding the monastery are a luscious green. The sky is a power blue.

The monks follow the liturgical calendar. Easter continues. At the conclusion of every song and refrain they sing “Alleluia!”
This day the sang this refrain during their midday prayers known as Sext and None: Christ is Risen, never to die again. What a wonderful reminder of the true joy of Easter. Alleluia!

I count it all joy,

Pastor Vallerie

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