The Greatest Thing We Do For You
"Your mercies are renewed each morning, for great is Your faithfulness." Thus the prophet Jeremiah sings in his beautiful Lamentations. At St. Michael's Abbey, these mercies are renewed each morning at what is called our "Conventual" or Community Mass. Although there can be many Masses celebrated for various occasions, this Mass--called from the first days of our Norbertine order the Missa Summa, the "supreme" Mass--must be celebrated with the participation of all the confreres at the abbey each day of the year. According to our Constitutions, the celebrant of this Mass must offer it for the intentions of all the living and deceased confreres and benefactors of our canonry. There is nothing we do for ourselves or our friends that is more powerful than this. For the Mass fulfills our whole duty as creatures by our adoration and thanksgiving (that is what "Eucharist" means), and it gains us graces and pardon by our offering of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Each day is a new day, with new gratitude, new hopes, and new forgiveness, so each day has its Mass for all of us together. This Mass is at 7:00AM on weekdays, and 11:00AM on Sundays. Everyone is most welcome. But whether or not you are present, you are always represented here at our altar, as the celebrant lifts up the Lamb of God. Join us each day in body or in spirit!
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