Sounds of the Ascension at Marbury

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This year as we practiced the chants for the feast of the Ascension, a friend urged us to share the beauty of the chant.  Although we sing more than one of the chants for the Ascension, we only present one here: Viri Galilaei, the Offertorium (offertory chant) from the Dominican Graduale for the feast of the Ascension.  Other chants for the Ascension are the Officium (called the Introit in the Roman Rite) at the beginning of Mass, two Alleluias with accompanying verses, and the Communion antiphon. This is just a sample of what Mass sounds like here at Marbury, and of the kind of music the girls will hear on … Continue reading

Vocation Retreat: June 3-5, 2016

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Please share!  This summer we will again be holding a Vocation Retreat for young women interested in learning more about our community.  The retreat will be held the weekend of June 3-5, beginning 4:30 pm (Central) on Friday evening, and concluding at 11:00 am (Central) on Sunday morning. Who may attend? Single, practicing Catholic young women Age 16 (or 15 if a current sophomore in high school) through age 27 Interested in learning more about a vocation to the contemplative Dominican life at Marbury The retreatants say in the monastery guest quarters, outside the enclosure.  During the retreat, the young women hear talks on the religious vocation and the Dominican … Continue reading

These Souls! These Souls!

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Then Jesus said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. What profit is there for a man to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”    -Luke 9:23-25 In commenting on this Gospel passage earlier this Lent, one of our priests cited a line from “A Man for All Seasons”.  When Richard Rich had just perjured himself against Sir Thomas More in exchange for the Attorney Generalship of Wales, the Saint says to … Continue reading

Collection of Lenten Posts

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As we are about to begin this holy season, here are some of our posts from past years concerning Lenten prayers, practices, and devotions.  During Lent we intensify the work of conversion, metanoia, turning from self to God, which is common to all the seasons of our monastic life.  We pray that you receive special Lenten graces during this Year of Mercy. • Parce Days: Making Reparation — on the three days before Lent The three days leading up to Ash Wednesday we call the “Parce Days” (pronounced PAR-chay, for those unfamiliar with ecclesiastical Latin). These are days are observed as days of special penance in reparation for the excesses … Continue reading

A New Habit and a New Name

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The Dominican Nuns joyfully announce the vestition of their postulant, Sister Chelsea, on January 25, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. In a simple ceremony marking the beginning of her canonical novitiate, Sister Chelsea received the holy habit of the Dominican Order, and her new religious name: Sister Mary Rose of the Pure Heart, O.P. (The “Rose” in her name is for Our Lady, Mystical Rose.) Please keep Sister Mary Rose in your prayers as she sets out on this new stage of her Dominican vocation, that she may fulfill the words from the ceremony’s concluding prayer: “May you apply yourself assiduously to following our Holy Father St. … Continue reading