20 March 2009

Amor Meus Crucifixus Est

In Amity, Oregon the monastic lifestyle is being lived out according to the Rule of Saint Augustine, a life of prayer and contemplation where silence prevails. They are the Brigittine monks, the Order of the Most Holy Savior. Theirs is the hidden life. As the monks daily give witness to Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, they daily offer prayers for themselves and all of mankind, shedding light upon the whole human race.

The Monastic Horarium

The monks’ day looks like this:
4:45 am Rising
5:05 am Office of Readings, Lauds
6:00 am Solitude
7:45 am Mid-morning Prayer
8:00 am Conventual Mass
8:45 am Conference/Work
12:00 noon Mid-day Prayer
1:oo pm Solitude
3:00 pm Mid-afternoon Prayer
3:30 pm Work
6:00 Evening Prayer
6:30 pm Collation
7:00 pm Recreation
8:00 pm Rosary, Night Prayer

The entire Liturgy of the Hours is sung and the daily Mass is the vertex of their monastic day. Also included in their daily prayer life is the Rosary and lectio divina. Following an ancient Brigittine tradition, like burning incense, prayers continually ascend to the Throne of grace for the souls in purgatory and for the conversion of sinners.

The Contemplative Life

Benedict Williamson, O.Ss.S. writes: “The Order of the Most Holy Savior is contemplative. The monks and nuns are called to be, in a very special way, the lovers of Jesus, and so their life is one of solitude, the most essential characteristic of the contemplative. Lovers want solitude above all things, they want to be alone with their love, and so the contemplative wants to be alone with his Love, too. Contemplation is the soul's beholding, with the eyes of love, Jesus her lover. It is a life of solitude and prayer. Without solitude there is no contemplation.”

Taste and See that the Lord is Sweet

The community is self-supporting through the making of gourmet confections. Among the delicious treats includes:
Chocolate Fudge Royale with or without nuts
Chocolate Amaretto Fudge
Pecan Praline Fudge Royale

And from October 1 to March 31 they also manufacture truffles in a variety of flavors.