Each morning the monastic woman joins her sisters for Morning Prayer. We keep silence from the time we wake until the bell rings for breakfast. Why? Because we believe there is Someone speaking to us in that silence – Someone who waits for us in the dark before the dawn. The practice of this early morning wait for God is called, “Vigils.” It used to be a distinct office in the Liturgy of the Hours. Now, we “vigil” on our own – each sister honoring the coming of the light in her own way.
There is another vigil within our monastic tradition – one that is of paramount importance but happens much less frequently than the daily reverencing of the new light- we vigil with our dying sisters. During each of the twenty-four hours of the day, a sister sits by her side, holds her hand and prays. And, hour by hour, we remind our dear sister that our promises to her do not end until we walk her body up the hill - until she has been embraced by the Light that has no end. We have just begun such a vigil with our Sister Celine.
You may recall a blog a few months ago about Sister Celine’s 97th birthday. As ready as she was to celebrate and embrace life that day, she is as ready to embrace the life to come. Join us in praying for our sister – that the Lord whom she has served so faithfully for the past 75 years, will come soon to bring her home.
Blessings and love to you all…
- Sister Vicki