In order to attempt to get my plenary indulgence for the day (Mass - check, Communion - check, pray the Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be --- check checkity check check!, pray for the Intentions of the Pope (Hopes he has a nice vacation) and go to Confession (ooooops) and be free from the attachment of sin (uh...)) I attended the 5:45 pm Mass at St. Anselm. This I think is the latest Monday Mass in the Archdiocese. If there is a later one, it's a secret.
Because it was a weekday Mass, there was no music. The monks chanted the Entrance Antiphon (I think...I'm not sure...they chanted something...) and chanted the different Mass parts. The homily was brief and was about the Word and how it is Salvation and comes to us through Jesus and dwells amoung us. The monks are very reverent. I stayed so late taking pictures that I think I managed to attend Vespers. The monks started chanting and praying after Mass. It's so awesome to here them chanting.
A few months ago, I met someone who was a Benedictine Oblate, who gave me a St. Benedict Medal. She was very clear that I had to get it blessed by a Benedictine priest. I know it is important to get medals blessed, but I wasn't sure what the big deal was. Finally, the medal, me and a Benedictine priest were all in the same place. After Mass I asked Father to bless my medal and he starts and then stops and says I should do this properly (There's a proper way??? There's more than Bless this medal???? Seriously????) Father goes and gets a book (wow) and proceeds to bless the medal with this long blessing that first, exorcises the medal (wow!). After a little searching, I located the Blessing. Pretty Awesome!
View From a Pew
St. Anselm is in the round. There is no back.
Holy Angels Altar
Holy Water Font
Altar of North American Martyrs
The Bells are G#, A#, C#, D# and F.
They are named: Big Ben, Frederick, Joseph, Jerome and Edward.
St. Anselm's Website