Today is the last day of 2007 so i thought it was once again time for an update.  This, my first Christmas in community has been really wonderful and a very happy time for me.

After first vespers of Christmas Sr Mary Magdalen and I moved the screens hiding the Christmas crib so that it could be seen. We then had our meal and went up to bed for a few hours before Matins at 11.15 which led into Midnight Mass. This was very simple and beautiful with a great sense of joy. At the end we all met in the Chapter room where we greeted each other beginning with Mother Abbess, then we had hot beef tea and went up to bed for a few hours before morning office and Mass again.

 On Christmas day we came to breakfast and found a large scented candle at each of our places – a gift from a friend of the community, Chris – and a bag of goodies given by our Oblate Edna and friend Audrey. We have lit the candles at our evening meal each day and the bags which  were full of individually wrapped things such as gardening gloves, hand cream and socks gave us lots of enjoyment. Later in the day we came together for festive recreation with tea, cakes and crackers.

On the feast of the Holy Innocents, we in the noviceship took over recreation by holding a treasure hunt. The sisters were randomly split into two teams who then had to answer and find 6 clues hidden over the abbey, the first team back won. There was a lot of laughter and the brains were working hard to work out where to go next. It is quite a challenge in itself just writing the clues as we had no idea how hard or easy they would be. They were all found and presented to Mother Prioress who will give out prizes at Epiphany. Yesterday we also hosted recreation in the noviceship at the top of the house. We provided tea and cakes, music and a jigsaw and we all had a nice informal, relaxing time together.

Over the last few days we have had two women discerning with us, please pray for them as they seek to find God’s will.

This last week has been a lot of fun, it is also exhausting having so much free time and personally i can’t wait to get back to ‘normal’ which is a surpize to me.

I also have the excitement of my Clothing drawing near – it is now only three and a half weeks away, my habit is being made and should soon be completed. Another wonderful ‘God-incidence’ i have just discoverd is that in our diocesan prayer cycle for vocations, our community is being prayed for on the 25th January – my Clothing day. We will have a full day of adoration for it so we will have my festive tea on the following day instead.

That’s all for now, until next year. I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year, with peace and blessings, Adele.