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"where hope lives"  liturgical image by Jan Richardson

Here are some of the reverberations of worship from the Community of the Benedictine Grange for Gaudate: Advent III. The apocalyptic grace of this moment was illuminated for us by a newly minted theologian, Dr. Chris Fici, now teaching at Iona College, as he invited us to develop "Thick Hope" during this anticipatory season.

For over 40 years the vibrant association of the Benedictine Grange has gathered for liturgical prayer throughout the seasons of the Christian year under the direction and inspiration of Father John Giuliani in a rustic barn in Connecticut.  Now, our barn shuttered and our priest retired, we have found new and creative ways to continue to meet virtually, deeply, beautifully, for the joy and the need of it.  Join us.

We shall gather at 7 PM for Advent IV Saturday, December 19th with Kathleen Deignan, CND in dialogue with Thomas Merton and enchanted by the Grange repertoire of original sacred songs by Avoglia and Deignan of Schola Ministries offered by our gifted leader of song, Beth Bradley. 

We invite you also to share the sacred liturgy of the Eucharist to celebrate the Festival of the Incarnation on Christmas Eve,
Thursday, December 24th, at 7 PM. 

We resume our regular Sunday morning prayer at 10 AM as we move faithfully into the new year.  Everyone is welcome. 

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Meanwhile, enjoy these echoes of our Advent III liturgy and some other beautiful resources as we continue to explore Thomas Merton's wisdom for this season.  There is a spoken-homily, a song, a mini-1+ minute cinema prayer by Walter Brueggeman and The Work of the People. 

Just click below on the word OPEN to receive a blessing.                                          Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND

Kathleen Deignan, CND Institute for Earth and Spirit
OPEN Gaudete Song Kathleen Deignan, CND
"Don't Let the Light GO Out"
OPEN Hanukkah Song
OPEN to View The Grace & Impatience to Wait by Walter Brueggeman
Dr. Chris Fici
"Thick Hope
in the Middle of Apocalypse"
OPEN to Listen
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Liturgical Image:  "Where Hope Lives" by 

Jan RIchardson
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Visual Liturgy by The Work of the People
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