This Advent will be different from any other as we prepare for Christmas during a pandemic. In this retreat, we are invited to reshape our anxiety and fear of the unknown by attentively preparing to welcome the Divine Guest, and by sprucing up our heart’s secret, inner room for the One who is always with us.
In this online retreat, we will explore how to welcome our guest wholeheartedly, and how to be receptive to the delights and challenges which may come with our inner guest’s loving presence. There will be time for individual reflection, sharing struggles and insights with others, and encouragement for the journey ahead.
Please register for this retreat by Monday, November 30, by emailing MAshcroft@norbertinecommunity.org or calling 505-873-4399, Ext. 204. A Zoom link will be sent to you once you register. Suggested donation (if you are able): $20.00-30.00.
This month, Taizé in the Desert will serve as part of Norbertine Outreach NM’s 2020 Advent Series: A Season of Hope.
“Tune in to this week’s devotional opportunity, Taizé in the Desert: An Ecumenical Prayer Service, on Friday, December 18, 2020 from 7-8pm, live from Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey.”
Livestream link: Week Three Devotional – Taizé in the Desert: 2020 Advent Series, A Season of Hope
If you would like to access all of the videos and other materials from our Advent Series, please visit: 2020 Advent Series Content
If you are joining us via livestream, please see the following:
We encourage you to create your own sacred space as you seek to observe this hour of prayer. Bring out your own candles for the “Intercessions” portion of the service. The song lyrics will appear on the screen, so feel free to sing and pray them along with us.
We look forward to praying with you, virtually and in spirit, and in person when we can!
We will update this and other events we have planned with regard to COVID-19 and directives per the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey.
An Online Lenten Retreat with Meg Ashcroft
In this rich and evocative story, we are invited—along with this ordinary-extraordinary Woman of Samaria—to listen and dialogue with Jesus as a way of healing and liberating ourselves and others, and deepening our relationship with the Holy One. This transformation is real and available to all who open themselves to Loving Presence.
This retreat is for everyone interested in exploring the depths of the meeting between the Samaritan Woman and Jesus, as well as their own experiences of the risen Christ. The retreat will include time for individual reflection, small and large group sharing, and prayer.
Please register by Monday, March 1, by emailing your name and phone number to MAshcroft@norbertinecommunity.org. The suggested donation (if you are able) for the retreat is $30.00. Payments may be made by check, payable to “Norbertine Community,” or with a credit card at www.norbertinecommunity.org/give. A Zoom link will be sent to you after you register.
The past eighteen months have been a time of disruption, uncertainty, fear, challenge, and much more. In this retreat, we will have the opportunity to focus on what we have learned about ourselves and about our relationships with other people and with the world in which we live. By harvesting our inner experience—and honoring what has shifted within us—we can use the fruits of this extraordinary growing season to live more whole and hope-filled lives now and into the future.
Please register by September 7, by calling (505) 873-4399, or email MAshcroft@norbertine community.org
$55.00 cost includes lunch
Spiritual teacher John Philip Newell writes, “In Celtic wisdom the sacred is as present on earth as it is in heaven, as immanent as it is transcendent, as human as it is divine, as physical as it is spiritual.” But we can suffer from “soul-forgetfulness,” and treat ourselves and others as less than sacred. Fortunately, Jesus’s birth as a human being serves to reawaken us to our true nature as “bearers of the divine flow.”
With story, song, symbols, prayer, and movement, we will explore what our souls already know about their sacredness and the sacredness of all creation.
Please register by Tuesday, November 30, by calling the Abbey at (505) 873-4399, or email Meg Ashcroft at MAshcroft@norbertinecommunity.org
In anticipation of the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we will celebrate mass on Christmas Eve. All are welcome to celebrate with us in person or online. If you opt to attend at the Abbey, please wear a mask. If you would like to join us virtually, you can find us at https://youtu.be/AthYbBCxBps.
The Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey present the return of Theology on Film. Steve Martine and Debra Winger star in 1992’s Leap of Faith.
Join us the Norbertine Library at 6:30 p.m. for beverages and snacks and the film begins at 7:00 p.m.
This is a free event and no tickets are necessary.
Leave the noise of modern life behind for an evening of prayer! Build your relationship with Jesus Christ through song, Scripture, silence and contemplation! This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer. Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe. Invite your friends and family to join in. Taizé is served by staff, volunteers, and members of the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey. You can join the livestream if you are not able to attend in person.
Theology on Film
Our May film in this series is Defending Your Life, a 1991 film starring Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks. The Abbey will provide snacks and you can BYOB as we start the conversation at 6:30 p.m. The event moves to Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons this month. For more information on the film visit its IMDB site.