Hymn (LM 126.96.36.199.)
The Father's holy ones, the blest,
Who drank the chalice of the Lord,
Have learned that bitterness is sweet
And courage keener than the sword.
In darkness they were unafraid,
And kept alight their living fire.
They now keep timeless days of joy
Where God gives all their heart's desire.
May all that splendid company,
Whom Christ in glory came to meet,
Help us on our uneven road
Made smoother by their passing feet.
We praise you, Trinity in One,
Sublime in majesty and might,
Who reign for ever, Lord of all,
In splendor and unending Light. Amen.
Text: Stanbrook AbbeyAntiphon on Psalms: The holy man of God, Benedict, / still works miracles for those who turn to him.
Reading - Wisdom 18:21
A blameless man was quick to act as their champion,
he brought forward the shield of his ministry,
prayer and propitiation by incense,
he withstood the anger and put an end to disaster,
showing that he was your servant.
V. The Lord has called him.
R. To pasture his people Israel.
God our Father,
you have brought us together
in the monastic life,
under the Rule of St. Benedict,
so that the Holy Spirit may form us in your service.
Grant that we may love our vocation,
and prefer nothing whatever
to Christ Jesus, Our Lord. Amen.