December 27, 2009

A Message from Our Abbess

Welcome to the Virtual Abbey!

We're a community of modern-day monastics united by our practice of praying the Daily Office online. We are young and old, male and female, laity and ordained. We live and work in different places around the world.

We do not belong to one single Christian denomination; more than a few of us are practicing members of more than one faith tradition; some are active in the emergent church movement. You could say that we're ecumenical in the extreme. All are truly welcome to pray with us.

Although most of us have never met in person, we're bonded together by our commitment to the Daily Office. For this reason, we consider ourselves Benedictine.

St. Benedict, a 6th century Italian monastic, developed a Rule for his Order that has proven to be a durable guide for living a God-centered life. The Benedictine Rule, which emphasizes the importance of balancing prayer, study and work, can be especially helpful today for anyone seeking centered calm in the midst of hectic and stressed contemporary life.

Shared community prayer in the form of the Daily Office is at the heart of St. Benedict's Rule. At the Virtual Abbey we use several different versions, having discovered how variety has enhanced our understanding of God, increased our faith and fed our souls.

We look forward to sharing the experience of praying with you online via our Twitter account [@Virtual_Abbey]. Here, we'll provide resources and reflections to support your spiritual journey. If you'd like to join our community, simply log onto Twitter or participate here. And please, do not hesitate to volunteer to help tweet prayer!

May God bless you and keep you; may God's face shine upon you; may God bring you peace.*

Blessings,

Raima Larter
Abbess, The Virtual Abbey

*Numbers: 6:24-26
Image of Benedict is from a manuscript dated 1129 C.E.

1 comment:

Rae said...

Such a wonderful idea! I found you through Meredith Gould's blog and am glad I did!