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The name of the Monastery: Saint Saviour

The name of the monastery is our Lord Jesus Christ, under the auspices of Saint Saviour. This designation alludes to the mystery of the Transfiguration.

     Jesus, with Peter, James and John, climte a high mountain and was transfigured in front of them. St. Mark relates it as follows: And his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Them Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!” (Mark 9: 3-7)

     When the monastery was founded, we did not want to only evoke the high middle ages institution of Saint Saviour of Monte Irago, from ancient records. We were concerned with, above all, the comtemplation of the divinity of the Transfigured Saviour, as a way of life and fountain of apostolic activity.

     At the beginning of the Second Letter of St. Peter, the apostle makes this affirmation: For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1: 16-18)

     St. John, another of the witnesses, confesses at the beginning of his first letter: We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.”(1 John 1: 1-2)

Lastly, St. James, from the venerable cathedral in Compostela, invites us to walk towards Jesus Christ, our Saviour. His testimony, in his martyrdom with is own blood is providing light for our days, and as St. Peter wrote in his second letter, So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed- You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1: 19)

    It is for this reason that the monastery´s feastday is the 6th of August which is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. The solemn feasts of St. Benedict (11 July) and St. James (25 July) are also central to our monastery.