Our spirituality has a central focus on the Eucharist (St. Norbert is known as the Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament). Pope John Paul II expresses how this "source and summit" of our life as Roman Catholics manifests our contemplation into compassionate service in his Apostolic Letter Mane Nobiscum Domine. He states:
"Each Mass, even when celebrated in obscurity or in isolation, always has a universal character. The Christian who takes part in the Eucharist learns to become a promotor of communion, peace and solidarity in every situation (27)"
"It is not by chance that the Gospel of John contains no account of the institution of the Eucharist, but instead relates the “washing of feet” (cf. Jn 13:1-20): by bending down to wash the feet of his disciples, Jesus explains the meaning of the Eucharist unequivocally. Saint Paul vigorously reaffirms the impropriety of a Eucharistic celebration lacking charity expressed by practical sharing with the poor (cf.1Cor 11:17-22, 27-34) (28)."
It should be of no surprise that during his own lifetime St. Norbert was called the Disciple of Peace and Concord.
Our Eucharistic spirituality is the core of our life. We go forth from the experience of giving ourselves at the Altar of Christ to giving ourselves to the world around us in ministry. We share communion at the Table of the Lord so that we may build unity in the brokenness that is so pervasive in the world.
Weekday Eucharist is celebrated in a spirit of contemplative silence. This is achieved by extended moments of silence for personal and private reflection upon the liturgical action and sacramental mystery.
On Thursdays and Norbertine Community Days (see our prayer schedule for details) the readings for the upcoming Sunday liturgy are used and the community and those who join us in prayer reflect collectively on the word of God.
Please join us in the sacred encounter with Christ that only the Eucharist can achieve.