We have had a beautiful past few days celebrating the Sacred Triduum. We had many guests joining us this week for the celebrations. Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Good Friday were very prayerful. Thursday and Friday the weather was very nice and spring-like.
On Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday we wore our new set of white chasubles. All the concelebrating priests vested in them. The Abbey had many of them made by three Benedictine Sisters in Kansas City. They are very well made and add a nice solemnity to our celebrations.
Our Easter Vigil began at 4:30 AM on Sunday morning as usual. It was 27 degrees out with a 13 mph wind, but we managed to brave the cold in order to start the celebration outside with the lighting of the Easter fire. I served as Master of Ceremonies and had some excellent seminarian servers who are pictured below with Abbot Benedict after Sunday morning’s liturgy. The Vigil Mass concluded at 7:10 AM.
At the conclusion of Mass, we had quite the surprise when we looked outside and saw the ground covered in snow. It snowed lightly the rest of the day until evening. It felt more like Christmas than Easter!
Fr. Chuck Tobin (priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph) serves as a first-year spiritual director at Conception Seminary College. He was in Rome for an Easter Vigil Mass with Pope Francis. He was also able to go to San Anselmo and visit Abbot Primate Gregory Polan. Fr. Tobin sent me these pictures of his adventures.
Above: Pope Francis in procession at St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome)
Below: Fr. Tobin and Abbot Primate Gregory
Easter blessings to you! Let us rejoice in the light of the Risen Christ!
You can view Abbot Benedict’s Easter message below.