Saturday, March 30, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Chapel at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit

Chapel at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit

The chapel is quiet, awaiting the entrance of Trappist monks for their sext * prayers at noon.

Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit: Rockdale County (Conyers), Georgia, USA. 3 February 2024.
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit was founded on March 21, 1944, by twenty Trappist monks from the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, USA. The Archdiocese of Atlanta and silent film star Colleen Moore donated 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) of land on which the monks hand-built the monastery, a concrete structure complete with a retreat house, cloister, and chapel.

As of 2022, the monastery is home to a community of twenty-eight monks who are self-sustaining. A prior abbot (ecclesiastical leader) was Basil Pennington, a founder of the contemplative "centering prayer" movement. The primary work of the monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is prayer.

The monastery and grounds are a part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and also serves as the southernmost point on the Arabia Mountain Path.


  • Sext * is a canonical hour of the Divine Office in the liturgies of many Christian denominations. It consists mainly of psalms and is held around noon. Its name comes from Latin and refers to the sixth hour of the day after dawn, the hour when the sun is at its full, it is the image of Divine splendor, the plenitude of God, the time of grace, a culminating point in the day, a sort of pause in the life of affairs, and the hour of repast.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays.
  • Photo 13 of 52, for year 2024. See a hi-res version on Flickr: here.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    • Lens: Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
    • Settings: 14 mm | 1/30 sec | ISO 200 | ƒ/4.0

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