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These upcoming holy days need lots of preparation, both interiorly (spiritually) and exteriorly (decorations). A group of local youth (my Bible Study group) came to the Abbey Saturday afternoon for Mass, lunch, Day Prayer, cards, quiet time, and Adoration and confession. It was an enjoyable afternoon helping them prepare for Christmas.

The monks have been spending time decorating the monastery and the Basilica. We had our annual tree trimming party on Saturday evening.

Below: Our beautifully decorated O Antiphon book- the antiphons from December 17-23.

Above: Beautiful clouds and weather this week.
Below: Local young adults from my Bible Study spending a little time of prayer and reflection before Christmas.

Below: On Thursday I took Br. Blaise over to visit some of the older sisters at Clyde in their infirmary. A small group of us played the dice game “Farkle.” Sr. Paula won.

Above: The novices hang the Christmas banners in the Basilica.
Below: Monks involved in putting up the decoration and the nativity set.


Below: Who gave Br. Matthew a hammer?


Below: Pictures from Saturday’s Christmas tree trimming party in the monastery. After the party, several monks played some board games. Archbishop Jerome beat Fr. Etienne, Br. Matthew, and Br. David in a new game Br. Anselm got called “Azul.” While the novices play 10-point Pitch at another table.IMG_4957IMG_4956IMG_4958IMG_4959

The community gathers in the recreation room for the annual tree trimming party on Saturday. There were lots of good snacks on hand.IMG_4963IMG_4967

Above: Br. Luke hangs ornaments on the tree.
Below: Br. Cyprian can hardly contain his excitement for Christmas and hanging ornaments.IMG_4965IMG_4971IMG_4968