* Glenstal Menologium: Abbot Augustine O'Sullivan, born 1918 in Limerick, professed 1947, abbot 1966-1980, died and buried in Ewu, Nigeria 1999
* BVM Immaculate ConceptionBVM Immaculate Conception
* Glenstal Martyrology In the first centuries, the feast of Mary's conception by Joachim and Anne was celebrated on this date in the Eastern churches. In Byzantium, the feast was included among the greatest festivities of the liturgical year for a certain time. Adopted in the West in the tenth century, the feast of Mary's conception was given a very precise theological interpretation by the Roman Catholic Church, which culminated in 1854 with the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. For the Orthodox churches Mary's conception has the value of a sign: through the divine intervention that was needed to heal Anne of her infertility, all of humanity has been healed of its sterility, brought on by sin, and has become the womb capable of welcoming the Word's Incarnation. It is the Lord himself who, in his infinite mercy, prepares the way for his decisive intervention in history.
* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Seán Dominic Johnson, born Limerick 1932, professed 1956, died 2008
* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Bede Lynch, born Tipperary 1927, professed 1950, died 1982.
* Glenstal Menologium:
The canonical erection Of Glenstal as a simple priory took place, and the regular observance of community life and of the Divine Office in choir can be dated from that day, the 4th Sunday of Advent 1927.
The Rescript granting canonical erection was promulgated in what had been Sir Charles Barrington's smoking room by Dom Gerard Francois (1st Prior), in the presence of the other founding members;
Dom David Maffei (Subprior)
Dom Omer Van Tours
Dom Mayol Lang
Dom Winoc Mertens
Dom Hubert Janssens
All were monks of the founding abbey of Maredsous except Dom David who was a monk of Mont-César.
* Ferial AdventFerial Advent
* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Athanasius de Conick, born 1905, professed monk Maredsous 1927, Glenstal 1939, died 1990 & buried in Glenstal.
* NATIVITY of the LORDNATIVITY of the LORD
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
“In emptying Himself to come into the world,
God has not simply kept in reserve,
in a safe place, his reality
and manifested a kind of shadow or symbol of Himself.
He has emptied himself
and is all in Christ…
Christ is not simply
the tip of the little finger of the Godhead,
moving in the world,
never really risking anything.
God has acted and given Himself totally,
without division, in the Incarnation.
He has become not only one of us
but even our very selves.”
Tom Merton, The School of Charity
* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Gerard McGinty, born Dublin 1929, professed 1950, died 2001.
“Let us stand at psalmody that mind and voice may be in tune.”