Recently besides all the current changes in our landscape outside the church, we also have a new addition of a 107-year old pipe organ that was donated to us by All Saints' Episcopal Church in Redding. Their Vestry, which is the governing body of their parish, joined us for Vespers one evening to witness the re-dedication ceremony. This fine instrument will now serve to accompany the monks' chants on a daily basis to further the praise and glory of our gracious God. Following Vespers, we were treated to a musical recital by the great Dr. David Rothe, an organist and professor emeritus of music at California State University in Chico. He chose to play pieces that reflected the feast day we were celebrating, which was the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Afterwards, the Vestry and Dr. David were invited to join the monks in the monastery refectory for a social. We ended the evening with our ancient Cistercian practice of singing hymn, the Salve Regina, Hail Holy Queen, to Mary.
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