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Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use February 13, 2011

Posted by The Virtual Abbey in Announcements, book review, Easter, Lent.
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Jesus invited everyone to the table. And so, taking this sacred invitation very seriously, I created Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use.

What you see here is an image of the cover designed by Doug Cordes (@dougcordes) for the newly revised edition of a Christian Passover seder (trans: order) embraced by parishes throughout North America since 2005 .

I first created this haggadah (trans: telling) for use by Roman Catholic Christians but, as I’ve explained in more detail over at dotMagis, change happens.

Having been raised Jewish and seeking baptism as an adult, I’ve always understood:

  • in Jesus of Nazareth, God’s “whole human experience” was Jewish; and

I now have Twitter in general and @Virtual_Abbey (more specifically) to thank for my growing commitment to ecumenicism.

Daily conversations with all my sisters and brothers in Christ — not just other Roman Catholics — has greatly enriched my ongoing spiritual formation. Instead of simply fixing some instructions and correcting typos, I revised this liturgy for use by any Christian congregation hoping to deepen its appreciation of Passover in the life of Jesus.

My hope and prayer is that in addition to enhancing the holy seasons of Lent and Easter, Come to the Table serves as a reminder that we are all one in Christ Jesus.

Meredith Gould

What’s New In & Around the Virtual Abbey (I) April 23, 2010

Posted by Timothy in Announcements, Lent, modern monasticism, Twitter.
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Interested in getting more involved with the Virtual Abbey community? Contact us via Twitter or by email info@thevirtualabbey.com.

Me, me, me! Lent always ends up being a season of spiritual growth for me. Over the years this has manifested in obvious ways (e.g., being received into the Roman Catholic church during Easter Vigil). Sometimes it takes until Pentecost for me to notice how what was seeded during Lent has taken root and started growing.

This year? Hard not to notice in real time growth for me qua me and member of the Virtual Abbey community. And I should probably note that many changes have come about because I participate in the Virtual Abbey community. We, we, we!

As Raima has explained, our leadership team spent part of Lent discerning what would be next for us. Our commitment to offering night prayer (Compline) via Twitter had expanded to include morning prayer (Matins). Not only were more people joining us in prayer, but we were receiving many more “back channel” kudos and prayer requests. Our conversation about inclusive language generated lots of reader comments which, in turn, helped us clarify why we remain focused on praying the Daily Office.

Raima’s stated intention to step down as Abbess prompted a discussion about whether we wanted or needed an Abbott or Abbess moving forward. We used the Twitter stream, direct messages, emails, and eventually a conference call to explore these issues, discovering along the way just how much we’ve become church-beyond-building-or-denomination to one another.

By Easter, we’d decided to sustain a fairly traditional structure for our social media-based community and I answered the call to serve as Abbess. What that role involves will become more clear over time. For now, I’ll continue editing this blog as well as advancing the conversation about being (or becoming) a modern monastic.

Coming soon: reviews of resources for living at the intersection of technology and liturgical expression; hints for living in a Benedictine-like lifestyle in the 21st century; primers for prayer. Here right now: play lists of music via our new YouTube channel.

So there you have it, a few highlights from this year’s Lent and Easter on the way to Pentecost (in 29 days). I’m grateful to find myself rooted in the Virtual Abbey and growing along with a Christ-centered, spiritually generous, and extraordinarily good-humored leadership team. Thanks be to God!

Pax max,


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