Sunday, August 24, 2008

Monastic Brothers of Bethlehem... part 1

The 'Monastic Family of Bethlehem and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary'took birth in 1950, following the promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption of the Virgin. The Sisters were founded on France, soon after, and the Brothers in France in 1976. They are 2 geographically distinct Lavras of Hermits,one Congregation men, the other of women, though with similar charism lifestyle and foundation.

The life of the Monks is to love Jesus through Mary, and adore the Blessed Trinity in silence and solitude . It is Saint Bruno that the religious confide in to guide them toward the hermit life. The life of the monastic family of Bethlehem is inspired by the model lauras or skites in Egyptian beginnings of Christian monasticism, where the monks lived in solitude through the week and gathered for the Holy Synaxis on Sunday.

The monks (and nuns) of Bethlehem pray, work, study, eat and sleep in their cells and hermitages. The monastic day begins with evening vespers celebrated in common in the chapel. Then, the Religious stand Vigil during the night "where they mount a holy and persevering watch, awaiting the return of their Master, in opening when he knocks" (San Bruno).They then go to the oratory for Matins, followed by Lauds and the Eucharist. They are the only two times liturgical celebration lived together daily; the little hours of the divine office are celebrated in their cells. Monday is a Desert day, of complete solitude, except for a simple Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Common.Their offices are greatly inspired by Byzantine-Slav/Middle Eastern traditions as well as the simplicity of Latin Carthusian Chant. Sundays and great Feasts are fraternal, marked by a meal in Common ,and a fraternal walk, and recreation.

The worldwide Communities counts 500 Members. (Primarily French speaking)Monasteries of Monks are in France, Italy, Spain and Israel.

You can find the YouTube version here.

~ Via Catholiques.


Teófilo de Jesús said...

An excellent post. I let everyone know at the International Federation of St. Bruno. Expect a spike in your visitor counter. I'll be linking from my own blog also in tomorrow's post.

In Christ,

liturgy said...

Thanks so much.
I could not get the video to work here.
But the youtube one is fine.
I've got a passion for the Carthusians as you can see by my photos of their monasteries and my reflections on my site.

I am enthused by blogs encouraging the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours by adding the badge:

If you are interested in adding my blog or linking to my site "Liturgy"
and there is a blog within that site;
let me know so I acknowledge that and link back.

Blessings on all you provide


Jean M. Heimann said...

Thank you, Theo. Catholiques has really done a fabulous job on this.

Dear Bosco,

I'm sorry you had trouble with the video. I double-checked it and it seems to be working OK -- sometimes it takes awhile to come up. I'm glad the You Tube version worked for you. This one has a higher definition, which is why I put it up. Perhaps, I will add the You Tube version, too.

I pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily and encourage my readers to do the same. Thanks for your link. Thank you for your kind words!

God bless you!

Hermit, without a permit. said...

Grace and peace to you in Christ!
thanks for enjoying my videos. stay tuned for one on the Sisters o Bethlehem .( i have to get that in before i am off to Scotland, and the French Alps God willing.)