Holy Week in a Benedictine Monastery


Sister Andrea Giltner, OSB braids palms.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Holy Week is upon us, and, as many people do, we make plans to be with family. palm sunday chapel cropped

For us, that means our Benedictine Sisters.

We begin with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and a procession around the chapel.

The palms, waved at Jesus upon his arrival into Jerusalem, also signal victory … a hard-won victory. Continue Reading

Palm Sunday: Serious about Following Jesus?


By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

We began this series of gospel reflections noting that Jesus’ particular geographical place helps illustrate his message. The desert, for instance, means barrenness, while the mountaintop means nearness to God.

Today’s Gospel readings move from the entrance to Jerusalem, where children (filled with new life and joy) run to meet Jesus with their palm branches, to the Skull (the place where Jesus – and other criminals – meet their death). Continue Reading