EBC election

During our stay at Worth Abbey which started last week, and finished yesterday, the General Chapter of the English Benedictine Congregation elected a new Abbot President – Abbot Christopher Jamison, Worth Abbey. I am sure you will join me in congratulations to him and join in prayer!

young catholic adults ………..

Young Catholic Adult Weekend @ Douai Abbey 28st -30th Oct 2016

Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organising a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire) led by Fr. Thomas Crean O.P. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialise and have fun. Book soon as places are limited!

To book goto For updates goto:- http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/. For more details goto:- http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm. Prices start from £12.

congratulations ……….

Silver Jubilee Mass

Congratulations go to Mother Abbess on her Silver Jubilee!

Mother Davina was clothed in the Benedictine habit on July 11th 1992, receiving her Baptismal name and was known from then on as Sr. Davina.

On July 11th this year the Benedictine community celebrated this great occasion in the ‘Colwich style’ and Mother was supported greatly by the big gathering of friends, both from other Benedictine houses in the EBC and oblates and from the many friends who attend mass and have contact with the community.
A truly Blessed day and many graces………….

Ad Multos Annos!

great saturday

Hello everyone !

What wonderful weather it is – are you hot? Well we are, black doesn’t do heat very good does it!

Anyhow, we had a great day yesterday, a first for Colwich. We had a table top sale and it seemed to have done well and gone down good with the villagers who came over to us. Homemade products inc, jams, cakes on the edible side and crafts inc, cards, candles, needlework all done by the nuns. There were various other items too and guided short tours of the Abbey Church plus a tea / coffee & cakes if wanted …… some hinted that there should have been an ice-cream van —- wouldn’t that just be the ticket at this time of year! Sounds good to me.

I was asked if we would do it again next year, but I said it was a one off, but we’ll see~!

In the garden too there are strawberries, yum, yum

Duckkies – 2nd day

It was a lovely sight to see first thing this morning – on the pond were mummy & daddy duck with the full set of 8 little ducklings.

What happened next? Nobody knows! At 8am they were there and sometime between 8 and 11am she was frantic. There was no sight of any of the little ones, then just after 1pm she found 4 of them. It seems like 4 are no more, in this cold snap wherever they may be it is unlikely they will survive the night now if they are still alive!
It needs a miracle………….these remaining 4 with her on the nest MUST survive !

Ducklings

New friends…..

Have you ever seen new young ducklings? It’s been something I’ve waited to see since having the ducks come to our pond and at long last after a chance we’ve got them as from today…….yes, the duck has produced 8 wonderful youngsters! And what a hungry crowd they are. Wonderful!

see the photo’s ……………

 

on the pond at Colwich…….

Prayer for the Conversion of England.

St. Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionists, prayed for fifty years for the conversion of England and he left this devotion to the Passionist Order. St. Paul was comforted in the last years of his life by a vision of his religious working in England. This would be fulfilled in the person of Blessed Dominic. The following prayers are recommended for those wishing to imitate St. Paul and pray for the conversion of England back to the true faith:

O Jesus convert England, O God have mercy on our country!

Prayer for the conversion of England by Cardinal Wisemann (to be said every day and after each Benediction)O BLESSED Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy “Dowry” and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.

 If you like to see more on Bl. Dominic and Cardinal Wiseman the link is https://barberi.wordpress.com/prayers-for-england/

This is the prayer our Community says after Benediction on a Sunday.

 

Psalms

The Psalter: Words for a pilgrim’s journey

Of all the books in the Old Testament, the collection of writings that we call the Psalms is possibly the most poetic narrative of the journey of the Hebrew people.

There are many references in the Gospels where Jesus quotes the Psalms, possible the most well-known were the words from Psalm 22 uttered from the Cross ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

The Psalter, the name given to the Book of Psalms, has permeated Christian liturgy ever since.

When the earliest Christian monastic communities were formed their liturgical pattern of prayer was shaped round the psalms and to this day their primacy of place within the lives of monks and nuns remains.

Prior to the Vatican Council, praying the Breviary was part of the daily commitment of the priest. It came about through with the emergence of medieval friars who could not carry the large community volumes of the psalms on their journeys of preaching. A smaller version was required. The text was, of course, in Latin.

Since the Council, the use of the English text of the Liturgy of the Hours began to be used by the laity, either individually or within parish prayer groups or similar gatherings.

The defined hours of monastic prayer concludes each day with Compline, the night prayer of the Church. I try when I can to join with the nearby community of Benedictine nuns for that simple, beautiful prayer. There were occasions when the abbey dog, a white standard poodle would wander into the chapel to join us. On one occasion it wandered around, not willing to settle, until that is we reached the last verse of the first psalm, psalm 4 ‘I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once, for you alone make me dwell in safety’ . At that point the dog lay down and slept its way through the remainder of night prayer. Marvellous!

The Rule of St Benedict stresses the centrality of the psalms in monastic prayer. In Chapter 19 we find these words.

‘On the Manner of Saying the Divine Office

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that “the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place” (Prov. 15:3). But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet’s words, “Serve the Lord in fear” (Ps. 2:11 )
and again “Sing praises wisely” (Ps. 46[47]:8) and “In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to You” (Ps. 137[138]:1). Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice.’

Over the years there have been many collected texts of the psalms, from the early years through the illustrated MSS of the Medieval period to our present time. One text known as ‘the Bay Psalm Book’ has the distinction of being the first book in English, printed and published in America. That was in Massachusetts in 1641. A facsimile text was printed in 1903 and that is now available as a modern paperback.

The singing of Psalms- and indeed they are meant to be sung as is clear from psalm 136, ‘By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion !” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?’, was greatly enhanced with the publication of the Grail Psalms. First published in 1966, this Psalter became very familiar in the English-speaking world, particularly when sung to the melodies of the Jesuit composer, Joseph Gelineau.

Every time we share the Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Word contains a psalm where each verse has a response, reminiscent of the singing of alternate verses in choir by the monastic communities.

The psalms and the harp have become inextricably associated with each other. The words of psalm 136 make the point.

This weekend, on March 17th, we celebrate the feast of Patrick, patron of Ireland. Associated with Ireland is the Celtic harp, the symbol of a nation. Each of us on our Lenten journey, accompanied by the Book of Psalms, the poetic song-story of another people, has a path to follow. Let’s remember in all our modern difficulties that the psalms of David reflect the joys and sorrows, the pains and struggles of an ancient people. They have much to teach us and offer help for us in our prayer.

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By Chris McDonnell

Holy Week……..

Were you on one of our Come & See weekends in the past? Would you like to come back for another visit and join us for the Paschal Triduum? Then why don’t you get in touch with Mother Abbess………….

Or even if you would like to take time out and make a retreat for the Paschal Triduum – still contact us……….

Changes

The Abbess has had a bit of a go with Spring feeling fervour…… we had had a few changes over the last couple of weeks and hopefully it will benefit the community and guests!

That is to say the 2 guest rooms and the Choir have been considerably altered!

There may be a Come & See weekend in May but that is not definite yet, so whatch this space!