Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Lady of Einsiedeln

Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln.

Today is the titular feast of our Archabbey Church here at Saint Meinrad: Our Lady of Einsiedeln. The name Einsiedeln is German for "hermitage," and is named after the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland, which established Saint Meinrad Archabbey here in the United States in 1854. The monastery church in Switzerland is built over the hermitage site where the monk Saint Meinrad was martyred in the ninth century.

So today, imploring the intercession of Our Lady of Einsiedeln, we celebrate our common heritage with the monks in Switzerland, past and present, and ask for God's continued blessing on our monasteries. Please join us in our prayer--especially for more monastic vocations to both houses!

Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland.

O, God,
you have blessed us
with the loving protection
of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Through the intercession
of Our Lady of Einsiedeln,
hear our prayers
and keep us
in your constant care.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


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