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* Glenstal Menologium
The anniversary of the blessing of the Foundation Cross for the monastery took place in Maredsous on the 8th of May 1927, after Conventual Mass.
Abbot Celestine Golenvaux, when giving the foundation Cross, Rule and Psalter to Fr Gerard Francois, commented on that text of St John's Gospel which was a favourite one of his with regard to Glenstal:

'Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless the grain of wheat fall into the ground and die,
it remains alone.
But if it die,
it brings forth much fruit.'
John 12:24

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* Holy Abbots of ClunyHoly Abbots of Cluny

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* Glenstal Martyrology: The Holy Abbots of Cluny. In France, from the tenth to the twelfth century, the monastic abbots Odo, Maiolus, Odilon, Hugh, and Peter the Venerable made the name of Cluny famous throughout the West. In 909, the duke of Acquitaine gave the territory of Cluny to Bernon, the abbot of Baume, and asked him to found a monastery dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. Odo, who helped found the new abbey and was its first spiritual guide, gave Cluny the wise mixture of greatness and humility that continued to distinguish its history over the centuries. An impressive line of great abbots followed Odo, keeping the abbey of Cluny at the summit of European spiritual life for more than two centuries.

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* St MatthiasSt Matthias

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* Glenstal MartyrologySt Matthias, Apostle. After Judas's betrayal and the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostles felt it necessary to choose another person so as to keep their total number at twelve. Jesus himself had established the number twelve, prophesying that when he came in glory, the Twelve would sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. Matthias was a follower of Jesus who had listened to his teaching from the beginning of Jesus' preaching ministry. He was also among the witnesses to Jesus' resurrection, which meant that he had the essential prerequisites for joining the apostolic college. Matthias's election, which at first glance seems to have been left to chance, in reality bears witness to the fact that it is God himself who chooses his ministers. This is why, over the centuries, several churches have continued to use a similar system of election when there is a choice to be made between candidates who are equally worthy of performing a given ecclesial function. The Coptic and Serbian churches, for instance, still select their new patriarch by blindfolding a child and having him or her draw lots.

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* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Bernard O'Dea, Inagh Co Clare, born 1909, entered 1932, first monk to be professed for a Benedictine house in Ireland since the Reformation, died 2000.

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* Visitation of the BVMVisitation of the BVM

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"Blessed is she who believed that the promises made her by the Lord would be fulfilled" Luke 1:43

* Glenstal Martyrology: In the Latin Church, the commemoration of the Visitation of Elisabeth by the cousin Mary began to be celebrated in the sixth century, on the third Sunday of Advent. The Franciscans introduced an official Feast of the Visitation in 1263. In 1389, Pope Boniface IX decreed its observance by the entire Western Church and changed its date to July 2, the eighth day after the birth of John the Baptist. The date of May 31, which falls halfway between the Annunciation and the birth of John the Baptist, was chosen by the new Catholic calendar.

       
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