Prayers for Our Benefactors
Living and Dead
St. Paul has taught us how Christians should seek to provide for their own needs and those of others through honest labour: “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35
St. Benedict also teaches us, “Then are they truly monks, when they live by the labour of their own hands.” – Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 48
Yet there is so much that we cannot accomplish on our own, and as monks we also depend greatly on the faith-filled generosity of benefactors. Every evening, therefore, we ask God’s blessing on all those who are good to us for his name’s sake, and every year on June 14th, Holy Mass is offered for all our benefactors, living and dead, that God may reward them as He alone is able to do.
“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” – Matt. 10:42