Acolytes assist the Presider, concelebrants, and the worshipping community in the preparation and celebration of the Eucharist.
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Women and men who prayerfully launder and iron altar linens.
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Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
Men and women who assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood at Sunday mass and on special feasts.
On Sundays, Eucharistic Ministers gather in the Divine Word Chapel to pray and receive their assignments before Mass begins at 10:30am.
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Lectors proclaim the Scripture readings used in the Liturgy of the Word from the official liturgical book (lectionary).
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For more than a thousand years Abbeys have been centers of inspiration for spiritual growth through liturgical prayer and meditation as well as musical and other artistic expression.
Daylesford Abbey maintains this tradition in many ways, particularly by nurturing a vibrant Music Ministry that draws from a diverse repertoire of sacred music for services throughout the liturgical year, as well as by hosting an ongoing professionally presented classical music performance series.
The Abbey Choir exists to support the Assembly in more fully participating in the liturgy through song. It comprises volunteers spanning an age range of about seven decades and rehearses on Thursday evenings from September through mid-June, beginning at 7:15 p.m. and ending at 9. An additional warm-up/fine-tune rehearsal occurs on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15, prior to 10:30 a.m. Mass. Extensive use is made of online learning for choir members during preparation of new music.
The Chamber Choir augments the services of the full Abbey Choir and the members of this small group are also volunteers; however, both an audition and additional rehearsals are necessary to participate in the Chamber Choir.
Cantors for Sundays and other celebratory occasions are also volunteers, and individuals seeking to serve in this role must audition and participate in additional training provided by the music director.
On special occasions, liturgical celebration is enhanced by a variety of musical instruments. Instrumentalists are often drawn as volunteers from the worshiping assembly, but we also engage professional musicians.
Both the Choir Director and Abbey Organist have studied at the post-graduate level.
Even for those who do not wish to sing in the choir, there are opportunities to support this ministry by preparing music for the choir members’ weekly binders as well as maintaining a comprehensive music library in compliance with all copyright laws.
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Homily Recording Service
The Homily Ministry exists to extend the reach of the hospitality and preaching of the professed Norbertine Community of Daylesford Abbey.
Sunday homilies are presently available online and on CD.
Phone or email your request to Carol Gilardi. Give your name, address, phone number, the date of the homily desired and/or the name of the homilist. There is a $5 donation requested for each homily plus necessary postage.
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The ministry of Abbey ushers is one of greeting and welcome, hosting and hospitality, to the regular and visiting participants at the Abbey’s liturgies. It is conducted with the same spirit as that extended to invited guests at a home. Beyond seating and distribution of programs, ushers attempt to anticipate and meet the physical and informational needs of the assembly with confidence, calm and reassurance.
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