All Benedictine women celebrate February 10 as the Feast of St. Scholastica. Saints Benedict and Scholastica were twins but, more importantly, they were of One Spirit. They were extraordinarily close and several very colorful stories are recorded by St. Gregory the Great about their relationship. St. Scholastic followed her brother as he left Rome and later established a small community. She established similar communities of women who followed Benedict’s teaching and Rule.
On Monday we had a special Vigil Prayer at 7:00 p.m. This was in addition to our regular Vespers at 5:00. The Vigil was specifically to anticipate the Feast Day. For this Vigil we read a beloved story of Benedict and Scholastica’s last visit together. Sr. Phyllis, our Prioress, gave a reflection.
On the Feast we will have special Lauds and Vesper prayers incorporating some Benedicitine hymns and special readings on St. Scholastica. After Vespers we will enjoy a festive meal and celebration.