Monday, 21 March 2011

Feast of St Benedict, Father of Western Monasticism


St Benedict (480-543), depicted above by Fra Angelico, is of course the founder of the Order of St Benedict. 

In the Roman EF today is only a commemoration by virtue of Lent, and in the Roman Ordinary Form his feast is celebrated in July rather than today.  But for Benedictine religious and Oblates (following either calendar), today is a feast day (first class/solemnity or feast depending on the Congregation), so happy feast day to all!

You can read more about this great saint, who is among many other things, patron of a good death by virtue of the holy manner of his own, propped up in his chapel by his monks, over at my other blog.

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