United We Stand


This weekend I was privileged to perform Handel’s Messiah.  After the horrific shooting Friday morning, it seemed appropriate that the concerts be dedicated in the victims’ honor. The emotion at each performance was tangible, reaching a crescendo as everyone stood for the Hallelujah chorus. On this night, you could sense that everyone stood up not merely for tradition. It was as if all of us in that church were standing alongside the heavenly host and welcoming those beautiful faces into paradise.

This entry was posted in Body, Soul, and Spirit, Christmas, Gloriae Dei Cantores, Jesus by Melodius Monk. Bookmark the permalink.

About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *