The Sisters in the candle shop have been busy making Advent Candles. Although there is a lot of demand for the candles the amount of work to make them along with our own monastery needs has necessitated that they will be available in limited quantities. Sister Chandler told us that she thinks she can do some extra this week but that will be all.
November is such a full month in our monastery. We’re about to receive a new postulant on November 1st! Then there is the celebration of the prioress’ feast day, a triduum retreat in preparation for Pro Orantibus Day, November 21st and we can’t forget Thanksgiving. There’s the garden to clean and get ready for the winter as well!
We hoped to get started earlier this year making the Advent Candles but there have been many preparations for our Gala on November 6th including making nearly 300 votive candles, 350 soaps and nearly 200 rosaries for the event! Making candles by hand is not something than can be rushed and in many ways isn’t “forgiving” the way soap is. The pouring temperature of the wax is key!