Thursday, October 2, 2008


This is the icon and its setting that greeted us as we came into chapel for Morning Praise yesterday, October 1st, on the feast of the Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux. The icon is sitting on a white cloth that drapes onto the floor and has red rose pedals strewn on it.

I was talking just the day before with a Benedictine visitor about how blessed our community is because we have so many "formally" trained liturgists and "informally" trained liturgists, who were trained by the formally trained ones! It's not only at major events that we see their talents and skills. It's in little moments like this one: a simple addition to the environment, an interweaving of a song with the reading that brings out a new look at both, a unique translation of a prayer that is appropriate to some special event or commemoration. These little things make the "daily" so much more than--daily.

Here's a quick look at the two alcoves in chapel as their autumn colors set in.