The usual early silence before Lauds was even more hushed than usual as the Sisters gathered in the quiet chapel to begin the season of Lent. We followed the Opening Verse of Lauds with our traditional Ash Wednesday singing of St. Gregory the Great’s ancient Lenten hymn, Again We Keep this Solemn Fast. Ashes were distributed to the Sisters by our Prioress, Sister Tonette Sperando. In the evening, after a simple supper of soup and bread accompanied by table reading, Sister Tonette offered the community a Lenten exhortation and blessed the book each Sister had selected for her Lenten reading.
Sister Tonette’s Lenten Exhortation to the monastic community may be read at this link.