In the month of November we remember our dead. Join us for a day of reflection led by the monks of Glenstal Abbey on death and eternal life looking at the Gospel Resurrection accounts through text, chant, music, ancient and contemporary art and through the eyes of our Medieval Irish forbears.

+ The day commences on Saturday 4th November at 10am with Fr Luke Macnamara’s talk ‘Encountering the Risen Jesus in the Gospels’ which will be followed by tea and coffee.

+ Fr Senan Furlong will speak on ‘Lux aeterna: Chants of Life and Light’ before the celebration of Mass and an organ improvisation on the ‘Lux aeterna’ plainchant sequence by Fr Columba McCann.

+ After lunch, Br Colmán Ó Clabaigh will give a presentation titled ‘Memento Mori: Preparing for Death and Preparations of the Afterlife in Late Medieval Ireland.’

+ Fr Luke Macnamara will share his thoughts on ‘The Risen Christ in Artistic Depictions of the First Millennium’  before Br Emmaus O’Herlihy concludes the day with the reflection ‘Resurrection not Resuscitation.’

For more information and enquiries please contact or call 061 621009.

The famous Benedictine author Sr Maria Boulding once famously asked: “what is the point of Christ’s coming, if Christ does not come to me?”

Advent is an opportune time to welcome Christ into one’s life and to be transformed. It is ‘A Season of Opportunities’, as the title of our Advent 2023 series of talks suggests, to prepare for the central gift at Christmas: the coming of Jesus Christ.

+ Fr Columba McCann begins the series with his talk ‘Stay Awake, Stay Alive!’ on Sunday 3rd December.

+ Fr John O’Callaghan will urge us to ‘Prepare the Way for the Lord!’ on Sunday 10th December.

+ Fr Simon Sleeman will conclude the series with his reflection ‘Advent: The ‘Call Room’ for Christmas’ on Sunday 17th December.

Talks take place at 4.30pm in the Monastery Library, followed by refreshments and Vespers at 6pm. Donation: €20. Talks will be available as recordings online soon afterwards.

For more information and enquiries please contact or call 061 621005.

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