Tuesday, March 29, 2016
We had all kinds of visitors for the Easter Vigil in the Archabbey Church on Saturday evening. The black feline in the above photo (taken by a human guest) decided to stroll prominently through the open main doors (through which the rest of us entered minutes earlier, after the blessing of the fire and preparation of the paschal candle) and then among the guests and monks.
This cat began hanging around the monastery a couple months ago. A number of monks have named her Bakhita, though I've heard some guests call her Raven.
In any event, her timing was impeccable. Into the church she sauntered as the lector (unseen in the photo, but to the left) was proclaiming God's command in the first reading from Genesis: "Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds."
Curiously enough, though I was sitting in the first row of the choir stalls, I missed the whole thing, and didn't hear anything about it until someone mentioned it this morning!
Many thanks to whomever took the photo (forwarded to me by Br. Zachary).
Posted by Br. Francis de Sales Wagner at 12:28 PM