WAEGWAN, South Korea, APRIL 19, 2007 (Zenit.org).- An accidental fire caused extensive damage to the largest Benedictine Monastery in Asia. There were no injuries, but all the cells were completely destroyed, forcing 70 monks to move elsewhere.

The FIDES news agency reported that on April 5, the fire was discovered at 1:15 a.m. by the vice prior.

The fire, which officials say was likely caused by a short circuit, took firefighters five hours to put out.

Arch Abbot Jeremias Schröder, president of the Benedictine Congregation of St. Ottilien, Germany, who is in charge of the Benedictine missionaries and of the monastery at Waegwan, flew to South Korea to assess the situation and to encourage the brothers.

Abbot Schröder said, "We are deeply upset but grateful that no one was hurt."

Code: ZE07041921

Date: 2007-04-19

Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)


Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Prayer is grace. God gives it when there exists zeal and humility…. Let Christ not be missing from your heart.