Feast of St. Benedict

Today on the Roman calendar is the feast of St. Benedict. As some of you may know I spent several years in a Benedictine monastery as a professed member, hence the name of this blog by the way. The Orthodox Church celebrates this feast on March 14th. I wish all of my Benedictine friends a happy feast day.

This Saint, whose name means “blessed,” was born in 480 in Nursia, a small town about seventy miles northeast of Rome. He struggled in asceticism from his youth in deserted regions, where his example drew many who desired to emulate him. Hence, he ascended Mount Cassino in Campania and built a monastery there. The Rule that he gave his monks, which was inspired by the writings of Saint John Cassian, Saint Basil the Great, and other Fathers, became a pattern for monasticism in the West; because of this, he is often called the first teacher of monks in the West. He reposed in 547.

Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Father. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Benedict, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
O sun that shinest with the Mystic Dayspring’s radiance, who didst enlighten the monastics of the western lands, thou art worthily the namesake of benediction; do thou purge us of the filth of passions thoroughly by the sweat of thine illustrious accomplishments, for we cry to thee: Rejoice, O thrice-blessed Benedict.

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  1. Benedict is one of two Saints whom I’ve asked to look out for me. The other is Michael the Archangel. So far I think they’ve been far too good to me….

    The Benedictine monks I’ve been fortunate enough to know (a number of the monks at St. Anselm Abbey in Manch are people I count as friends) have been really good examples to me. And it’s nice to know they are as human as I am – proof that we walk the same path to holiness and there are occasional stumbles and falls. It doesn’t mean that we don’t get up, shake it off, and keep going. Of all the things I’ve learned from these guys, this is probably the most profound.

    Keep up the good work, my friend.

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