PRAY WITH US
You are welcome to join us in prayer during our public liturgies! The general public and individuals and groups on retreat at the Abbey are invited to join us in prayer. Please note that times are subject to change. Please contact us to verify the prayer schedule. All liturgies are help in the main Abbey Church of Santa Maria de la Vid.
Liturgy of the Hours
Lauds (morning prayer)
Monday- Friday 7:00am
Third Friday of the month 7:30pm
Vespers (evening prayer)
Third Friday of the Month 5:00pm
Eucharist (Holy Mass)
Third Friday of the Month 7:55am
Taizé in the Desert
An ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer and devotion centered in song, scripture, and silence.
Third Friday of Every Month 7:30pm
Prayer for Peace in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament
During our monthly Community Day, we hold an hour of prayer focused on justice and peace issues and uniting ourselves with those suffering throughout the world. This time, from involves sitting in contemplative silence before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by evening prayer (Vespers).
Third Friday of Every Month 4:30pm
Liturgy of the Hours
REJOICE ALWAYS. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES GIVE THANKS, FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS.
The Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours, is the official public prayer of the Church. As Canons Regular we are committed to sharing this beautiful form of liturgy with the wider community who come to share in our daily prayers. The prayer seeks the sanctification of the day as we mark time by the continuous praying of the Psalms. It is our tradition to chant or sing the Psalms, canticles and other scripture texts. The Divine Office is prayed by priests and religious throughout the day. Because we are committed to active ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, we do not pray all the hours in common. Rather, as a community, we come together to publicly and collectively pray Lauds (morning prayer) and Vespers (evening prayer). You are welcome to join us in prayer. Please see our prayer schedule.
Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council states:
By tradition going back to early Christian times, the divine office is devised so that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praises of God. Therefore, when this wonderful song of praise is rightly performed by priests and others who are deputed for this purpose by the Church’s ordinance, or by the faithful praying together with the priest in the approved form, then it is truly the voice of the bride addressed to her bridegroom; It is the very prayer which Christ Himself, together with His body, addresses to the Father. (n.86)
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Graham Golden, O. Praem. to learn more about the connection between the public prayer of the Church and our daily lives as Norbertines.
THEN HE TOOK THE BREAD, SAID THE BLESSING, BROKE IT,, AND GAVE IT TO THEM ,SAYING, “THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BEW GIVEN FOR YOU; DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.”
AND LIKEWISE THE CUP AFTER THEY HAD EATEN, SAYING, THIS CUP IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD, WHICH WILL BE SHED FOR YOU.
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.
“Anima una et cor unum in Deum.”