Give me men to match my mountains,
Give me men to match my plains,
Men with freedom in their visions
And creation in their veins.
- Samuel Walter Foss
I just opened the following e-mail from St. Michael’s Abbey. Knowing that many who read this blog are Orangensis, I pass it along.
Abbot Parker was a great man. I mean “great” in the old sense of that word. The abbey that he and his confreres from Hungary created is on of the beacons in the Church today.
Dear Friends of St Michael’s Abbey,
Here is the complete schedule for the funeral rites of Abbot Ladislas Parker. Of course, you are welcome to pray with us at any and all of these services, but keep in mind that the most important celebrations are the Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 9th at 9:30am at the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano, followed by the Burial on the same day at 11:30am at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest followed by a Reception at the Abbey.
Grateful for your prayers for the soul of our great father and founder, and looking forward to seeing you this week, I am
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Abbot Eugene with all the Norbertine Confreres
of St. Michael’s Abbey
Thursday, January 7th
4:30pm Reception of the body into the Abbey Church followed by Vespers of the Dead. (The body will be kept in vigil in the Abbey Church all night until Mass the next morning; please note that there is no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this evening)
Friday, January 8th
12:00 Midnight - Office of Vigils with Homily in the Abbey Church
9:00am Lauds of the Dead in the Abbey Church
11:00am Sung Requiem Mass with Homily in the Abbey Church
(Please note that this is not the Funeral Mass, which is tomorrow.)
4:20pm None and the transferral of the body to the Mission Basilica
7:30pm Vespers of the Dead with Homily at the Mission Basilica
(Please note that there is no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this evening)
Saturday, January 9th
(Please note that there is no 7:00am Mass today at the abbey.)
11:30am - BURIAL AT ASCENSION CEMETERY IN LAKE FOREST, FOLLOWED BY A RECEPTION AT THE ABBEY