By Christina Hermoso
Devotees of Saint Benedict are invited to attend the fiesta mass at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the St. Benedict Parish in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Benedict, the patriarch of Western monks and the founder of the Benedictine Order.
An institutional mass will also be celebrated in his honor at the St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, St. Scholastica being the twin sister of St. Benedict.
In many parts of the world, Benedictine communities will hold commemorative masses in honor of their revered patron.
Named as the patron saint and protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI in 1964, Church officials regard St. Benedict as “a great missionary, a man of prayer, a spiritual director of souls, the epitome of humility, and a true servant of God.”
The popular Italian saint founded several monasteries, the most famous of which is located in Monte Cassino, Italy, where he also wrote the Rule of the Benedictine Order. At one point, there were more than 40,000 monasteries worldwide guided by the Benedictine rule.
Guided by the golden rule “Ora et Labora,” which means pray and work, the Benedictines have, according to records, given the Church 50 Popes, 7,000 bishops, and 40,000 saints.