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1-The Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit
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Pauline celebrations


Every year on January 15th the Pauline monks all over the world celebrate the Solemnity of St. Paul the First Hermit, the patron of the Order. St. Paul is considered by the tradition of the Church to be the first hermit. He was a Christian, living in Egypt during the third century. When he was about 16 years old, being afraid of the persecutions, he fled to the desert. After the persecutions of Christian in the Roman Empire were over, Paul decided to answer God's call and stayed in the desert to be alone with God, where he lived for about 90 years. As a first hermit, he is a model of prayer and perseverance not only for monks but also for all the faithful.

Pauline Fathers and Brothers in United States have also honored their patron saint during the Sunday Masses at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, in Doylestown, PA. These celebrations have been proceded by the novena hymns sung for nine consecutive days in honor of St. Paul during the daily Mass at the Shrine at 11:30 AM.

The main celebrations of St. Paul the First Hermit took place during the Masses at 11 AM in English and 12:30 PM in Polish. The Solemn Mass at 11 AM was presided by Fr. Krzysztof Drybka, the Prior of Pauline Monastery. In his homily, Fr. Prior spoke about the life of St. Paul and the difficult conditions of the desert, where he spent most of His life in solitude with God. St. Paul is also a patron saint of children. For this reason at the end of the Mass, Fr. Prior gave a special blessing for all the children.

The Polish solemn Mass celebrated by Fr. Mikolaj Socha, Provincial of the Pauline Order in USA, took place at 12:30 PM. The Mass was also concluded with a special blessing of children.

On Monday, January 16th, 2017, we have celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa the Feast of Mary, Queen of Hermits, Mother and Patroness of the Pauline Order. It was a special day during which the Pauline Fathers and Brothers have consecrated themselves anew to the Blessed Mother. The solemn conventual Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa, by all the Fathers, presided by Fr. Joseph Olczak.

Fr. Timothy Tarnacki OSPPE

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