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SPECIAL - Monday April 22, 2019 Mass 8:00 am

On Monday, daily Mass will be at 8:00 am. The Church will be closed for the remainder of the day.


SPECIAL - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - No 12:00 pm Mass

Chrismatory for:
Oil of Catechumens (OC), Oil of the Sick (OI), and Sacred Chrism (SC)
On Tuesday, April 16, there will not be a 12:00 pm Mass. 

The monks will be traveling to the Cathedral of St. Jude to celebrate the Chrism Mass with the Diocese of St. Petersburg at 11:30 am. 

All are welcome to attend the Chrism Mass at St. Jude Cathedral.

If you have any questions, please contact.

Saint Leo Abbey Communications
Telephone: 352-588-8181 (Liturgy Office)


SPECIAL - UPDATED Easter Triduum Schedule April 18-20, 2019

Two paintings of theme Behold the Man 
(Ecce Homo) 
Click to enlarge

The Easter Triduum

The schedule for the celebration that will take place in the Saint Leo Abbey Church will be as follows:

Holy Thursday, April 18, Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:00 pm, followed by Eucharistic Adoration throughout the night.

Good Friday, April 19, Liturgy of the Lord's Passion: 3:00 pm.

Holy Saturday, April 20, Easter Vigil, First Mass of the Resurrection: 8:30 pm. 

- There will not be a Mass on Easter Sunday morning since the monks will celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.

For more information on the Easter Triduum, please see this link:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Saint Leo Abbey Communications
Telephone: 352-588-8181 (Liturgy Office)

About the cover art:

From the Gospel of John Chapter 19:

"Pilate therefore went forth again and saith to them: Behold, I bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in him. (Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he saith to them: Behold the ManWhen the chief priests, therefore, and the servants had seen him, they cried out, saying: Crucify him, Crucify him. Pilate saith to them: Take him you, and crucify him: for I find no cause in him. The Jews answered him: We have a law; and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God." 

The irony Saint John the Apostle often includes in his Gospel is shown in this passage too. "Behold the Man" is true, but masks the ultimate truth of who is there on the balcony and why the Jews want him killed: behold your King, the son of God.

First painting

By Antonio Ciseri (1821 – 1891) Swiss-Italian. Most of his work is of Bible or religious themes.

In his painting, Pilate displays Jesus to the angry crowd. Pilate's wife turns away and cautions another woman as if to say, "This is nothing to be looked at. Do not become involved. He is the righteous one, not us." 

Pilate's wife had earlier warned him, ‘Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.’” (Matthew 27:19). 

Tradition including Origen (one of the Greek Fathers of the Church) says that she was converted and became one of the earliest followers of Jesus Christ. 

The painting also shows Pilate's secretary, aids, and palace guards.

Second Painting

"One of the more famous modern versions of the Ecce Homo [Behold the Man] motif was that by the Polish artist Adam Chmielowski, who went on to found, as Brother Albert, the Albertine Brothers (CSAPU) and, a year later, the Albertine Sisters (CSAPI).

"Adam Chmielowski was proclaimed a saint on 12 November 1989 by Pope John Paul II.

"Chmielowski's Ecce Homo painted between 1879 and 1881), was significant in Chmielowski's life, as it is in Act 1 of Wojtyla's play. 

"Pope John Paul II is said to have kept a copy of this painting in his apartment at the Vatican. 

"The original can be viewed in the Ecce Homo Sanctuary of the Albertine Sisters in Kraków." Source


SPECIAL - TRIDUUM April 18-20, 2019

Below are the dates for the Easter Triduum celebrations that all are invited to participate in at the Abbey Church.

Holy Thursday - April 18, Mass at 7:00 pm. Eucharistic Adoration follows throughout the night.

Good Friday - April 19, Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at 3:00 pm

Holy Saturday - April 20, Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 pm 

* No 10:00 am Mass on Easter Sunday since the monks will celebrate the Vigil Mass.

A little information on the significance of the Easter Triduum:

"The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery." (USCCB)

If you have any questions or if you need further assistance please contact:

Saint Leo Abbey Communications

Telephone: 352-588-8181 (Liturgy Office)


SPECIAL - March 25, 2019 Mass at 10:00 am

Tomorrow the monks will celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Mass will be at 10:00 am. There will not be a 12:00 pm Mass.

Everyone is invited and welcome. Please join the monks for this Solemnity.