All posts by Brother John

New line of Incense

IncenseFor thousands of years incense has been used in liturgy and worship with monks of all persuasions involved in its production. Here at Alton the monks have supplied a range of incense grains for ecclesiastical use since 1895, using blended aromatic gums and flower oils from around the world. Recent production has focused on Rosa Mystica, a sweet scent of traditional blooms, now appreciated internationally. Continue reading New line of Incense

‘As We Are’ ?

Susan Morris and Alfred Bradley present a talk with readings about

writer – E F Benson

at Alton Abbey Friday June 20th 7.30 p.m.

Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) is the celebrated and much admired author of novels, reminiscences and horror stories, describing himself as ‘uncontrollably prolific’. His Mapp and Lucia series, about small town life in the twenties, comically illuminates with telling detail how socially-aspirational people interact, still very recognizable today!He was the third son of Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and readers then as now are fascinated by how the very strict moral tone of ‘Fred’s youth Continue reading ‘As We Are’ ?

A Plea from the Bursar

Firstly I would like to thank you all, on behalf of the Abbot and Community, for your continued support of the Abbey and its works.

Many of you will know that that HMRC have tightened the rules governing gift aid. Gift Aid is an important source of revenue to the Abbey and we want to make sure that we both maximise its benefits and adhere strictly to the new rules. Continue reading A Plea from the Bursar

Message from Br John,

I would like to welcome you to our website, and thank you for your patience, whilst repair and alterations were being carried out. Although the site is now live there will be further changes to enable ease of access.

Fr Abbot and the brethren would like to thank Steve Kirkby of Alton Websites (steve@altonwebsites.com Mobile: 07904 664489) for all his work and professional expertise.

We would also like to welcome Stephen Foster as Webmaster, contactable via this site.

Lenten Blessings

Br John OSB

Requests for Prayers

“I appeal to you brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers on my behalf.” (Romans 15:30)

Prayer is our Life and our work here at Alton Abbey, and we welcome the opportunity to pray for your intentions and needs as you make them known to us.

Please follow the link above with your intentions, they need not be long and complicated. God knows all the details.

The brethren here at Alton would be very happy to include your living or deceased family or friends in our daily prayer.

Please pray for us also. Thank you.