Just over a year ago, we moved here and some monks were at our parish selling their lovely baked goods. Each loaf of bread was hand made and packaged by the Carmelite Monks at the Mount Caramel Hermitage. Here and there we would see them around town, either selling their wares or purchasing what they cannot make themselves. I was intrigued by these fellas.
It turns out, that every year, Fr. Fabian invites the local 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and their families to the first Mass of Advent. I was thrilled to be able to go this year! GamerDad and I had a bit of trepidation because when our boys are together at Mass, it isn’t pretty. Being able to see some of the grounds before hand seemed to mellow our oldest. Here is what we saw as we drove in:
“Peace to all who enter.”
Some statues from their Stations of the Cross.
What we saw before entering the grounds. You enter through the wooden doors under Holy Mary and the Infant Jesus.
Mass was great! We let the boys bring on their Mass Kit. It pretty much allows them to follow everything around the Eucharist. There was one point where WildThing2 bonked LilMiss on the head with his plush thurible. He was just excited about seeing a real one. The one Fr. Fabian used had jingling bells attached! The incense was lovely. They make their own blends. Most parishes use a type that makes my sinuses clench up and my eyes water. I am thinking today they used one of their rose blends (go check them out at Mt Caramel Hermitage, they have an online store with their baked goods and incense blends).
Fr. Fabian had a strong message that we often find the faults of others quickly because we have those same faults. We just think we are hiding it. After all, we are preparing not only for Christmas, but for Christ’s second coming.
Many of the ladies were veiled and again I had the pang to start doing that. Why am I such a chicken?!?! I need to get a veil and start wearing it. Some of the Mass was in Latin as well, something new to me. However, much of it was familiar thanks to my choir days in school.
Thank you Virginia Morrison!!!
After Mass, Fr. Fabian posed with the Knights and let his good humor shine:
Then the kiddos and I walked where we hadn’t been to yet and I captured these shots:
Just being there such a short while made me want to visit again just to pray in the grounds for a day. I will get to go in a couple of months to share a meal with the monks and the ladies’ group at church. We will meet the cloistered nuns, just down the road, a month after that.
God Bless and Happy Advent!