Liturgy & Spirituality
Almighty God, give us the grace to desire what is most pleasing to you, to search for it wisely, to know it truly, to accomplish it faithfully for the glory of your Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—St. Thomas Aquinas
As consecrated religious, Norbertines profess:
- poverty (demanding simplicity of life, sharing our lives and talents with each other and with those to whom we minister)
- chastity (providing opportunities for growth in the Holy Spirit in union with others)
- obedience (opening ourselves as fully as possible to God’s will)
As seen in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 14)
There are several differences between what people experience at Mass within their home parishes and Mass offered at St. Norbert Abbey.
- St. Norbert Abbey is not a parish church, which means there are no baptisms, confirmations, first communions, weddings, or funerals (except for members of the Norbertine community).
- There is a variety of celebrant presiders and homilists on a daily basis.
- All Sunday offertory collections, matched by the Norbertine community, are gifted to local charitable causes.
- All Eucharistic celebrations are concelebrated; that is, offered jointly with two or more priests.
- Well-trained musicians lead song and chant in an exceptional aesthetic and prayerful atmosphere. The Abbey Singers of St. Norbert College sing on Sundays during the college’s academic year.
- Enlightening, illuminating ceremonies are held on special Norbertine feast days, vestitions, professions, and ordinations.
- Coffee, pastries, and conversation are offered in the abbey cloister walk after Sunday Mass.
- There is the opportunity for full, active participation for all laity. All are welcome to join the Norbertine community for Mass.