Abbatial Blessing of The Right Reverend Mark Arthur Cooper, O.S.B.
The blessing of an abbot is a rare though not unique event in the life of a monastery and the local church. The blessing of Abbot Mark Cooper will be but the fifth blessing in the history of Saint Anselm’s, the first since 1986. Abbot Mark was elected on June 4, and has had the full authority of an abbot since he was elected and confirmed that morning. The ritual for the blessing of the abbot will not confer any new authority upon him. Rather it is an opportunity for the monastic community and its new abbot to gather with the diocesan bishop, who is the head of the local church, and the faithful of the wider community and pray for God’s blessing.
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