The Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid is the community of Canons Regular of Premontre in the Southwest. We live a life of community, contemplation and compassionate service in the Roman Catholic tradition.
Mission: Our Mission... The Risen Christ sends us as apostles to witness the reality and the power of a Christian community of faith by living a simple, communal life according to the rule of Augustine and the ancient traditions of the Order of Prémontré, and by loving service to the Church of Santa Fe, and especially to its poor and needy.
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Today is Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, sought out the places where Jesus had lived and taught. When she could locate such places with some measure of historical accuracy, she erected a church. In the process she usually obliterated the site.
Among the places which she determined to be historically sound, were the cave at Nazareth, the site of the home of Jesus in Bethlehem, Peter's house in Capernaum, and especially, the sites of Jesus's death and resurrection. When the bishop of Jerusalem led her there in the year 326, she spared no expense to erect what was then the greatest basilica in the world. This consisted of a round church built over Jesus's tomb, called the Anastasis or Resurrection and a great five-aisled basilica. The great basilica was often used for the liturgy of the word, and the Anastasis, with an altar located next to the tomb, was used for the Eucharist and the daily office.
Helena placed in the basilica what she believed was the true cross. The basilica was dedicated in the year 335.
franciscanmedia.org Early in the fourth century St. Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ's life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior's tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy
Today the Church honors Saint John Chrysostom who was born in 344. When he was thirty years old, John had a conversion of heart and became a hermit in the mountains near Antioch. However, his health was ruined by his ascetical practices, and, after six years, he returned to Antioch where he was ordained a priest and began to gain a reputation for preaching.
John was named Patriarch of Constantinople by the Emperor in 397 when he was 54. As Patriarch, he found himself the reluctant victim of imperial intrigue. Many of his sermons called for concrete steps to share wealth with the poor which the rich did not appreciate hearing nor did married men like to hear that they were bound to marital fidelity just as much as their wives. His action taken against unworthy bishops in Asia Minor was viewed by other ecclesiastics as a greedy, uncanonical extension of his authority.
For the honesty and courage in his teaching, John Chrysostom paid the price of a turbulent ministry as a bishop, personal attack and finally exile. The use of exile at the end of his life hastened his death. His important role in liturgical development has led to the main liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox churches being named after him. He is one of the four great Doctors of the Eastern Church and the patron of preachers.
franciscanmedia.org The ambiguity and intrigue surrounding John, the great preacher (his name means "golden-mouthed") from Antioch, are characteristic of the life of any great man in a capital city. Brought to Constantinople after a dozen years of priestly service in Syria, John found himself the reluctant victim of an...
Today the Church commemorates the Holy Name of Mary. In accordance with Jewish custom, Mary’s parents named her eight days after her birth. The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary follows that of her birthday, as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus follows Christmas. The Eastern Church calls this feast the “conclusion of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady.” The Latin feast originated in Spain, and was approved by the Holy See in 1513. Innocent XI extended its observance to the whole Church in 1683.
franciscanmedia.org This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and
Norbertine Outreach NM
We’re still calling artists to participate in this year’s art exhibition!
Submission deadline: September 21st
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This should have been published yesterday (thanks a lot Director of Communications!)
On September 8, 1985, St. Norbert Abbey founded the priory of Santa Maria de la Vid in New Mexico. The first priory building was the old convent at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Albuquerque.
Today is the anniversary of the dedication of our Abbey church of Santa Maria de la Vid in 1998.
Today the Church honors Saint Peter Claver who was born in Spain in 1580. As a Spanish Jesuit, he followed the call to the missions. In the year 1616, he was ordained a priest at Cartagena, Columbia, which was then the center of the slave trade in South America. He worked among the black slaves who were brought there, as many as 10,000 a year. St. Peter Claver devoted his life to relieving their misery with medicines and food, and with zealous concern for their spiritual welfare.
It is said that over a period of about 40 years, Peter Claver instructed and baptized over 30,000 slaves. He was ill and exhausted during the last four years of his life, and he died on this day in 1654.
We wish the best to our Jesuit friends at Immaculate Conception Albuquerque, we are going to miss you when you leave.
franciscanmedia.org A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena (now in Colombia), a rich port city washed by the Caribbean. He was ordained there in 1615. By this time the
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe Official publication, People of God, is out in online form. Although we would appreciate a look at page 11, there are some extremely important articles on pages 16, 18, and 20. Please take a look.
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Today the Church honors Saint Teresa of Calcutta who was born Agnes Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910. At 12 she felt strongly the call of God to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At 18 she joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community with missions in India and was sent to India.
From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. In place of her religious habit, she wore the simple sari ordinary women wore. Although she had no funds, she started an open-air school for slum children.
Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, many of them her former students and began to receive unsolicited financial support. In 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity,” whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after.
As the Order expanded, services were also offered to the homeless and dying street people, orphaned and abandoned children, alcoholics, and the aging.
franciscanmedia.org Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in 1950 as a diocesan religious community. Today the congregation a...
Today the Church honors Saint Gregory who was born around the year 540 in Rome. Gregory studied law and then had a promising career in politics. When he was 33, he became Prefect of Rome, with responsibility for the city's finances, food, defense, and policing. One year later he experienced a deep conversion. He gave half of all he owned to the poor and with the other half he founded a monastery in his home on the Coelian Hill. There, with his fellow monks, he lived the Benedictine rule.
Four years later, however, the Pope ordained him a deacon and then sent Gregory as an ambassador to the court of the Emperor in Constantinople. Shortly after Gregory returned to Rome, Pope Pelagius II died, and Gregory then fifty, was elected Pope by the unanimous consent of the priests and the people. Gregory served as bishop of Rome in difficult times, when the Lombards were invading Italy. He was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners; cared for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine.
Gregory also began a major liturgical reform, and the revised chant of the Roman liturgy, though developed much later, that bears his name. He died in Rome in 604.
franciscanmedia.org Coming events cast their shadows before: Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome. Ordained a priest, he became one of the pope's
Today the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré honors Blessed Bronislava of our Order who was born in present-day Poland in 1203. She grew up in an atmosphere deeply influenced by the Crusades and devotion to the Holy Cross would characterize her entire life. She was 16 years old when she entered the cloister of the Norbertine nuns in Krakow, a convent which had been founded by her maternal grandfather.
Bronislava found it difficult to deal with so many women of such differing temperaments, and adapted slowly to the austerities of the convent. But Bronislava managed to view all of this from the perspective of the cross and soon became a profound mystic. Bronislava’s devout prayer, her meditation on the Passion of Christ, and her veneration of the Holy Cross left a deep impression on her contemporaries.
When the Tartars invaded Krakow in 1241, Bronislava, holding the Cross in her hand, encouraged her sisters. She led the sisters to the subterranean passages beneath the convent where they successfully remained hidden from the invaders. The convent buildings collapsed in flames, but the sisters were able to escape.
After the destruction of the convent, many of the sisters took refuge in monasteries which had been spared. Bronislava remained in the ruins of the old convent with a handful of sisters, building little huts to sleep in and passing the days caring for the poor, the sick, and the countless victims of the Tartar invasion. The convent was never rebuilt in Bronislava's lifetime. She eventually succumbed to a serious illness while attending the sick, dying on August 29, 1259.
premontre.org Bl. Bronislava (August 30) Bl. Bronislava (August 30) Bronislava was born at the castle of Kamien in Upper Silesia in 1203. Her family was of Polish origin and devoted to the Gregorian reform movement. She grew up in an atmosphere deeply influenced by the Crusades and devotion to the Holy Cross woul...
Great news! The Archdiocese's has allowed us to increase the capacity of parishioners to 60. Please remember we will still be practicing social distancing and masks are still required. We will also continue to live stream Sunday morning mass at 9:00 a.m.
Photos from Norbertine Community of Santa María de la Vid Abbey's post
With great joy we announce that Brother Lorenzo Romero-Ramos O Praem professed his 1st vows in a beautiful ceremony yesterday at St Edwin Church. More photos will be posted later.
Today the Church recalls the Passion of John the Baptist.
John the Baptist suffered the fate of many of the ancient prophets, namely, rejection and martyrdom. His death at the hands of Herod was his last great act of witness to Jesus. We read from Jeremiah in the first reading from the Mass of this Feast. Jeremiah himself was murdered while exercising his ministry in the temple. What the Lord said to Jeremiah was understood also by John the Baptist: “They will fight against you but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:19) After John the Baptist’s death, Jesus began his preaching ministry.
franciscanmedia.org The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom.
Brother Lorenzo Romero-Ramos O Praem will profess his first vows today (8/28/2020) at 6:00 p.m. Watch the live stream at https://youtu.be/UugyjO2K7Mw
With great joy we announce the entrance of two novices. At the first vespers of the Feast of St. Augustine yesterday, Andres Myers (now known as Brother Lucas Myers) and Tyler Mitcham received their Norbertine habits. Please see our Novice Class of 2020 photo album for more images.
Photos from Norbertine Community of Santa María de la Vid Abbey's post
Today the the Church honors Saint Augustine who was born in 354 at Tagaste in northern Africa. His mother, Monica, was a Christian and, although she gave her youngest son a basic Christian upbringing, from childhood he seemed to take after his father, who was a pagan and a man who was circumscribed by his small life and who was not interested in what Christianity had to offer.
As a young boy, Augustine stole, lied and cheated. However, he had a brilliant mind and in his studies Augustine began a search for truth. He explored various philosophies and theologies, including Manichaeism and Neoplatonism. While studying rhetoric at Carthage, he acquired a mistress and they had a son, but Augustine was restless and unhappy with his life. Under the strong influence of his mother and Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, Augustine finally examined orthodox Christianity while he was teaching there. He became a convert in the late summer of 386, when he was 32, and was baptized with his 15-year-old son by Bishop Ambrose the next year.
After returning to Africa in 391, Augustine was surprised to find himself elected a presbyter by the people of Hippo. Four years later, he was elected bishop.
His spiritual autobiography, The Confessions, is a classic of Western Christian spirituality. In 410, trying to understand why God would let the Visigoths under Alaric sack the city of Rome, Augustine wrote the classic treatise The City of God. Augustine died in 430 at age 76 as another barbarian tribe, the Vandals, was attacking Hippo. He is considered one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church.
franciscanmedia.org A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life,
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Today the Church honors Saint Monica who was born in Tagaste, Africa of Christian parents in 331. Married at an early age to a pagan, Patricius, she had three children, the oldest would become St. Augustine.
Monica’s life was a difficult one. She patiently suffered through the disalude life of her husband and the abuse of her mother-in-law. Her devotion and patient kindness won the conversion of Patricius a year before his death, and the conversion of his mother as well.
Disturbed by Augustine’s rejection of Christianity, she intensified her prayer and penance, guided by the wise and gentle Bishop Ambrose of Milan. She lived to see Augustine return to Catholicism and be baptized.
St. Monica is honored as a model for virtuous Christian mothers and is one who nourished her faith, by her prayers, and witnessed to it by her actions. Monica died in 387 in Ostia, Italy, the very year of Augustine’s baptism.
franciscanmedia.org The circumstances of St. Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her
We are bearers of the Norbertine tradition established in 1121 in the valley of Prémontré, France. Like St. Norbert’s first community, our priests, brothers, men in formation, oblates, and lay associates are dedicated to living, praying, and learning together on our journey into God. Active sharing in the heart and mind of Christ through liturgy, learning, and life is the Norbertine way.
On September 8, 1985, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin created a permanent foundation in New Mexico to be known as Santa Maria de la Vid Priory. The name - which means Our Lady of the Vine - was adopted in memory of one of the first Norbertine abbeys in 12th-century Spain. In 2012, our Priory became an Abbey.
We Norbertines experience the Abbey as the contemplative center of our spiritual life from which we go forth to our active ministries in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Our ministries include parish, educational, and pastoral outreach. Norbertines serve as pastoral ministers at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, St. Augustine Church at Isleta Pueblo, St. Edwin Church, and at Presbyterian Hospital. In collaboration with our ecumenical friends and St. Norbert College, we sponsor a Master of Theological Studies program here at the Abbey. Members of the Norbertine Community also serve as spiritual directors and retreat facilitators, participate in interfaith dialogue and action, and serve the marginalized including the poor, immigrants, the imprisoned, and the sick and dying.
The Rule of Saint Augustine, which we follow, calls us before all else to “live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God.” The fullness of the Norbertine way of life includes a commitment to reconciliation and peace. We pray that all who visit Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey will experience this peace as well.
A new church to the Albuquerque area. God Bless!
Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church
We are the Northeast church of Christ, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We began as a group of Christians who simply wanted to be "just Christians," worshiping after the New Testament pattern and commands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ecumenical Institute for Ministry
The New Muslim Program at the Islamic Center of New Mexico, founded by Imam Shafi in 2013. ICNM prayer times can be found at www.icnm-abq.org/index.php
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