Lay Order

November Message

Dear Lay Order Members,

The Church is one body, made up of many members, as St. Paul says. We also speak of the Church as a “communion of saints” because, while the members are one body, they are found in different states, for some are in the state of glory in heaven, others are in the state of purification in purgatory, and others are on pilgrimage in this world. Those in the state of glory are the Church Triumphant, whom we celebrate on November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints. Those in purgatory are the Church Suffering; they are being purified until they are ready to enter the state of glory in heaven. We commemorate them on November 2, All Souls’ Day. Finally, all of us here on earth are the Church Militant because we continue to struggle in the spiritual combat, seeking the intercession of the Church Triumphant, and making supplications on behalf of the Church Suffering. These prayers and sacrifices for the souls in purgatory are important because the poor souls have no power of their own to alleviate their sufferings, having already passed from this life. We can imagine their frame of mind now that they have been separated from earthly temptations and attractions. All the things that attract us on earth are useless to them. Their one and only interest and longing is for the beatific vision of God, the God who created them and who is the goal of their existence.

The month of November is traditionally called the month of the Holy Souls because we on earth are especially situated to help the souls in purgatory by our prayers, sacrifices, and works of charity. Let us remember the members of our Lay Order who have passed from this life during this month. We could commit ourselves to offer a daily Rosary, or time before the Blessed Sacrament, or especially a weekly Mass and Communion. For this great charity they will be eternally grateful to us, and we can be sure that when they reach heaven they will intercede for us among the saints.

May Our Lady, Comforter of the afflicted and Refuge of Sinners receive our prayers for the Holy Souls and present them to the Lord on our behalf.

May the Souls of the Faithful Departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

A Blessed and happy Thanksgiving to all.

Fr. Hildebrand Garceau, O. Praem.

“Before all else, dear brothers, love God and then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us”

(Rule of St. Augustine)

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting – Sunday, November 20
12:30 p.m. – Potluck lunch
1:30 p.m. – Adoration with Vestition of Small Scapular and Entry into Novitiate
2:00 p.m. – Affiliate Meeting – “Liturgy of the Hours Practicum”
3:00 p.m. – Novitiate Meeting – “Preparation for Total Consecration”
3:00 p.m. –  Professed meeting in the conference center

 

Advent Day of Recollection – Saturday, December 17  – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Monthly Meeting – Sunday, December 18

For information or if you have questions, please email LayOrder@StMichaelsAbbey.com