Friday, April 16, 2010

Easter Time

Sorry for the slow posting lately! I’m now back in Florida, finishing up the final weeks of the final semester of my Master’s degree program, but I did have a wonderful Holy Week back home in New York.

The Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx, NY warmly welcomed me to stay at their monastery for the week (we used to have the same Vicar for Religious in the archdiocese, who made the introduction). Corpus Christi is currently the oldest Dominican Monastery in the United States, and like many second-Order Dominican Monasteries in this country, they have perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Corpus Christi was founded in 1889 when Archbishop Corrigan invited the Dominican nuns into the archdiocese for the express purpose of establishing a monastery of contemplative nuns to pray for the clergy and seminarians of the Archdiocese of New York.

The nuns still remember the New York priests in a very special way. So that was something else the Sisters and I had in common!

Besides attending some of the Holy Week services at the monastery, I was also able to visit St. Joseph’s Seminary for Tenebrae and the Easter Vigil, and the Chrism Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Since I still have a lot of writing to do for school, in lieu of a regular post here is a video from Emily’s blog of the chant “Regina Caeli.” This takes the place of the Angelus during Easter time, and is also the proper seasonal Marian antiphon for the conclusion of Night Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

(Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
For Him whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Is risen as He said, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!)