NORCIA, ITALY — Beginning January 22 at 7am EST and following closely on the heels of the chart topping release of their Benedicta CD of Gregorian chant, the Monastery of San Benedetto is elated to announce the launch of the revised, revamped 2.0 version of birranursia.com. At long last and undoubtedly in answer to…Read More
JANUARY 17, 2016, 9:58 AM – The sound of Gregorian chants filled the valley and town of Norcia, Italy, until 1810. That’s when the 9th century Basilica went silent because of laws imposed on the monks under the new Napoleonic code. It took several hundred years, but an American has brought music back to this…Read More
Don Maria Gregorio Ribeiro Paulo, O.S.B. made his Solemn Vows at the Basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia Jan. 2, 2016. The people of Norcia and his family were in attendance. “I tried to offer everything to God, as a monk, and so I was very emotional because it was a perpetual consecration, which…Read More
A few days ago, shortly after the monks went to bed – or rather, shortly before they woke up! – a concert began, fireworks went off, and even in Norcia a ritual began, by now a world-wide ritual celebrating the New Year. Either to forget the sufferings of the year which just concluded, or to…Read More
The Gospel passage that the lectionary gives us today is extremely brief, but it contains some important points for reflection. I. Circumcision – Covenant We’re talking about the circumcision, which is a sign of the covenant – it’s not just any sign, but a sign that subsists in the flesh. Listen to the explanation…Read More
Each time we pray the joyful mysteries of the Rosary, we have the chance to meditate on the Gospel passage which we just heard today: the presentation of Jesus in the temple—even though in today’s passage we only heard the second part of the story. In any case, in the Presentation, Mary and Joseph complete…Read More
Parate viam Domini. Prepare the way of the Lord: make straight His paths. (Gospel) This is the principal message of today’s Gospel on the last Sunday before we celebrate the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Today, through the sacred liturgy, St. John the Baptist is crying out to each and every one of us, Prepare the…Read More
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According to tradition, there are four arrivals of the Lord, four comings: The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The final coming of the Lord at the end of time. The coming of the Lord at the hour of our death. The coming of the Lord in every moment – interiorly, spiritually, in our hearts….Read More