The Polish sisters of St. Stephen’s priory were kind enough to invite the whole community of brothers and students or volunteers present to participate in the traditional Polish meal on this Christmas vigil.

A very codified and meaningful meal; after the reading of the Christmas Gospel, the father of the family – in our house the prior – offered each one a slice of unleavened bread to share with his neighbor(s), taking advantage of the occasion to ask forgiveness for what may have wounded the reciprocal relationship: an initiative that is always welcome in a community or a family. Then a meal composed of twelve different dishes, mostly fish, without meat, but succulent.

The librarian and library volunteers then offered each attending member a gift prepared for him or her. All of this was done before beginning the beautiful festive liturgy of Christmas Eve, without the usual crowds in our basilica but with great joy in the hearts of everyone.

Wholeheartedly, we want to transmit this deep and powerful joy to all our friends.

Br. Martin Staszak, the prior, offering unleavened bread to the guests.

The dessert table.

Gifts prepared by the library team.