Welcome to the Ecumenical Benedictine Oblate.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The Song of Zechariah
Benedictus Dominus Deus
Luke 1: 68-79
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets
he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies,*
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham,*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer
Copyright The Episcopal Church USA)
Monday, April 20, 2009
The Benedictus, taken from Luke 1:68-79, is Zachariah’s prayer of praise at the arrival of his child. (Zachariah is the father of John the Baptist.)
Traditionally Benedictines pray this every day in Morning Prayer (or Lauds). In some mysterious way, praying Zachariah's prayer allows people to join in the praise, and the commitments, between God and those who prepared the way for Jesus.
This daily reminder is part of the rhythm of prayer and work in Benedictine monastic life. Praying the Benedictus calls Benedictine souls to timeless principles of faith. It connects each one of us to Benedictine community around the world, and through out the past 1500 years.
In praying the Benedictus, I know that I am traveling with others who have been called to this path for more than 1500 years. Whether I chant, or simply recite the Benedictus, I know that I am in community, even when I pray all by myself.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Early one Sunday morning, I found myself, a mid-western wife, with three Benedictine sisters and a priest. We were in a small monastery chapel, praying a Morning Prayer service, which included the Benedictus (or Song of Zachariah). The realization that I made in those moments has reshaped my life.
I am filled with gratitude for that ordinary Sunday morning. That morning I realized that the Benedictus is not only a beautiful ancient prayer of faithful praise. It has become my own prayerful call to live in the community of faith. This is a call shared by the larger Benedictine community. It describes faith in God as faith has been expressed since before the birth of Christ.
The words of the Benedictus, and the act of praying them, continually call me back to community, and to the Rule of Benedict. It serves both as my call to remember, and as my call to actively choose my life of faith, today.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
- What is your response to this whole thought process?
- Which options do you think are most important to you, as we begin?
- How would you most like to participate?
- What two topics / ideas seem to call to you?
- What discussions are you longing to have?
- How are you thirsting to pray in community?
- When/How do you most want to connect with other Benedictine Oblates?
- What is most essential to you?
- What do you think (or feel) about any of the suggestions above?
About Deanne, Obl.S.B.
Benedictine Book List:
- -Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, by Joan Chittister
- -The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, by Joan Chittister
- -The Monastic Journey, by Thomas Merton
- -The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, By Joan Chittister
- -The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris
- -St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living, by Jane Tomaine
- -Radical Hospitality: Benedict's way of love, by Daniel Homan, OSB & Lonni Collins Pratt
- -Dakota, by Kathleen Norris
- -Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary, Compiled and Edited by Maxwell T. Johnson, Oblate of St. John's Abbey, and the Monks of St. John's Abbey
- -Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris
- -A Life-giving Way, by Esther de Waal