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On Holy Thursday it is the tradition of the Mepkin Community to have the Mandatum — the washing of the feet (some prefer only to have their hands washed) — at our main meal, rather than at the Eucharist. The Abbot and the Council then serve the solemn and joyous meal to all our guests, employees, retreatants and the community. Let us continue to serve one another and so fulfill the mandatum, the commandment of the Lord Jesus to love one another as he has loved us.

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Creche Festival at Mepkin Abbey

The Crèche Festival is open from Nov. 17-23 and Nov. 28- Dec. 6.

The Crèche Festival Video

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Mepkin Abbey’s Annual Crèche Festival Draws Thousands to Celebrate Diverse Nativity Scenes

Even as a boy, Father Guerric Heckel felt the nostalgic love and holy essence of the Nativity scenes his family displayed in their fireplace, when it wasn’t in use, of course.

So when the priest-turned-monk became manager of Mepkin Abbey’s store, he thought it fitting that the Trappist monastery be a destination point for people seeking handmade manger scenes. So he placed an order for several thousand, and the abbey’s hugely successful annual creche festival was born.

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Slow Down and Work Together for a Cainhoy Alternative

This op ed piece was written by Abbot Stan and appeared in the Sun, Feb. 2 edition of The Post & Courier.

The Brothers at Mepkin Abbey have followed the discussion about the fate of Cainhoy Plantation over the past three months. We are hopeful that a positive outcome can be achieved for this important property, and with that in mind offer a message of patience and hope.

Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery at the confluence of the two forks of the Cooper River, played a role in the conservation of the historic Cooper River corridor. Mepkin was originally the estate of several historic families including Sir John Colleton, Henry Laurens, and thereafter the well-known publisher, Henry Luce. In 1949, the Luces donated a large portion of the property to the Trappist Order. It was then that we accepted the hallowed role of stewards of Mepkin, a place we believe to be set in one of the most beautiful and sacred landscapes in America.

Our goal has been to respect the historic and ecological integrity of the property and be good members of the Cooper River community. Leading a monastic life, traditionally our community involvement is of the quiet kind.

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Glencairn Museum’s ‘Follow the Star’ Exhibition Features Nativity Sets From Around the World

A 15-piece, hammered-copper Nativity on loan from the renowned Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina; a set from Laos showing the Holy Family inside a Hmong home with the newborn baby lying in a straw basket suspended from rafters; crèches crafted with native materials like birch bark, woven grass and recycled newspaper; and an elaborate traditional Italian Presepio — these unique pieces are part of an extraordinary array of Nativity sets.

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David Kearney – Observer

DSCF0005David Kearney who is discerning a call to enter Mepkin has been staying with us for three months as an observer. From Ohio, Dave had come on retreat to Mepkin in the past and initiated a conversation to explore the possibility that God might be inviting him to become a Trappist.

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