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Above the abbey church doors is a mosaic of Jesus Christ. In Latin the words are EGO DOMINUS ET MAGISTER from John 13:13. "I am the Lord and Teacher (Master)." When you enter the quiet abbey church you will be entering a different world, the ancient and restful peace of Benedictine monks. Join the monks in celebration, you will be welcomed as Christ.

Saint Leo Abbey Events and Christmas Schedule

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 
  • 7:00 pm - Abbey Christmas Concert (see article below) 

Sunday, December 24th, 2017 
  • 10:00 am - Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • 11:30 pm - Christmas Carols/Prelude in the Abbey Church

Monday, December 25th, 2017 
  • 12:00 am - Christmas Midnight Mass 
*On Christmas day there will not be a 10:00 am Mass.

December 23, 2017 7:00 pm. Abbey Christmas Concert

Organist Peter Kinzie and the monks of Saint Leo Abbey. 

Around the World. Peter Kinzie has been able to play and tour the "inside" story of the great organs throughout the world. This list includes the 30,000 pipes of the Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia, the great instrument at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the oldest Mighty Wurlitzer in its original location, the one used during the silent movie era in the Chicago Theatre in Illinois.

In Europe, Peter Kinzie had the privilege to play a small organ previously played by Mozart, an organ once heard by Martin Luther, and cathedral organs in both Frankfurt and Cologne. One of Peter's greatest experiences was playing the great organ in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

Peter also plays a number of concerts throughout the Southeast every year including Saint Leo Abbey.

A Remarkable Life. Not only has Peter shown great generosity to Saint Leo Abbey, he also has a remarkable life story.

Born in Germany at the end of World War II, Peter was evacuated to West Germany and lived in an orphanage near Dachau. He vividly remembers watching the Berlin Airlift as small packages dropped from the sky -- like Manna from Heaven -- Hershey chocolate. In 1956 Peter was adopted by an American family, moved to Florida and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Living with his newly adopted family, Dr. & Mrs. Kinzie of Lake Wales, communication was a problem for a while as Peter knew no English and the family spoke very little German. Therefore, most discoveries were made by touch. In his new home, Peter happened upon this strange "beast" with "black and white teeth." Climbing onto the bench of an upright piano, thus began a musical adventure we can experience in concert, the result of his love of music and Saint Leo Abbey.

Peter Kinzie is also active with not only performances on the "king of instruments" but is the proprietor of Church Organ Concepts, which represents Viscount International, builder of the Abbey organ. Baldwin, contracted Viscount to provide digital instruments to include the Abbey Symphonic Organ. Peter is the Florida dealer for Viscount's new instruments powered by Physis® Physical Modeling Platform. In addition, through Church Organ Concepts, Peter represents a fine pipe organ firm - R.A. Colby.

Hope you can come, listen to the Christmas concert and meet Peter after the concert. You will enjoy the evening. 

This year has not been as cold as the past, but it can be a little cool in the Abbey Church so it might be wise to bring a jacket just in case. Yes, bring a jacket.


The concert is free and open to everyone. Bring a friend.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Saint Leo Abbey Communications
Telephone: 352-588-8181 (Liturgy Office)

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