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One of the best things about Christmas in the monastery is that our life is so united with the Church’s liturgical year, that we truly experience the celebration of Christmas throughout the Octave. For most of society, once December 25th is passed, Christmas is officially over. These days within the Octave of Christmas have been very rich liturgically and enjoyable with brothers in community.

Below: The Basilica looks beautiful this time of the year, especially with the crib in the minor apse.




Additionally, we have had some pleasant and sunny days. I captured some of the scenes around the Abbey.


Below: Abbot Benedict out for a walk on a cool December day.

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