April 05, 2007

Inside the enclosure of a monastery of nuns for the first time.

Tonight, Holy Thursday, I had the privilege of celebrating the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper inside the church of the Carmelite Monastery of San Diego. I say "church" because the monastery has a fully consecrated church, not a mere chapel. The sign of this fact is that the interior walls of the church are marked with twelve crosses, and below each cross a candle stick is also attached to the wall.

The nuns observe the ceremony of the washing of the feet among themselves sometime in the morning of Holy Thursday, so the Evening Mass was without that ceremony.

At the end of the Mass, the nuns led a procession in which I carried the Blessed Eucharist into the enclosure of the nuns, through a courtyard, and into their chapter room (a room reserved for meetings of the nuns). The chapter room has a small altar, and that is where I reposed the Blessed Eucharist.

About twenty laypersons attended the Mass. However, they did not go into the enclosure for the transfer of the Blessed Eucharist.

The photograph's are from the monastery's website.
Click HERE for it.


Anonymous Jeron said...

Wow. That place looks absolutely spectacular. Ocean vistas must be so perfect for contemplative living.

9:31 AM  

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