Catching Up On Christmas: Creative Crèches and Keeping Jesus Warm

A Handmaid News

Handmaids love Christmas. It’s approaching February and we still have our Mass Chapel Nativity Scene in place. On the Feast of the Presentation, the day when candles are blessed, the Christmas lights surrounding the Infant King will again be lit as we celebrate the gift of the Consecrated Life with the One for whom we are consecrated, the Light of …

Catching Up on Christmas: Merry Priest Chalkboard!

A Handmaid News

We share another look at some of our Christmas decorations, especially around the Priest Chalkboard. The chalkboard on our refectory wall highlights the names of specific priests each week to pray for. You can read about the practice here. While wild turkey feathers are a common decoration, (we have several different rafters of wild turkeys moving through our grounds on …

Catching Up On Christmas: Oh Christmas Tree!

A Handmaid News

  It may be Ordinary Time again, but our creches are still up and will remain until February 2nd, though our Christmas trees are getting undecorated and packed away again. Given that we live in three separate buildings on the property, it should surprise no one that we have more than one Christmas tree. In fact, if you count the …

White Christmas! Not So Typical!

A Handmaid HISTORY, HPB Vocations, News

We recently shared a post on what a typical monastery Christmas is like. But what was it really like this year? It was a WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!!! That’s a shout-able event. Why? Because it was a rare event experienced maybe only once every 10-15 years or more…a White Christmas of 5 to 7 inches of snow that meant no Midnight Mass, …

A Typical Monastery Christmas

A Handmaid HISTORY, HPB Vocations, News

COVID-19 can’t kill Christmas 2020 COVID-19 may have radically changed 2020 but it can’t really touch what we celebrate at Christmas, or rather WHO we celebrate at Christmas. Certainly the “how” has been modified for many. So let’s remember Jesus as we share what it’s like as a typical monastery Christmas approaches. We have told you some of these customs …