A sermon preached by Bishop Geoffrey Rowell at the Conventual Mass at Alton Abbey on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7 August 2016
“Faith gives substance to our hopes and convinces us of realities we do not see.” (Hebrews 11.1)
“Where your treasure is there will your heart be also”. (Luke 12. 34)
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There is a hymn which we sing at the Office during Passiontide, with the first line ‘Thirty years among us dwelling’. That is not so for Father Abbot, for he arrived in the house in 1967. However, 18 July 1986 saw his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. The crafty fellow booked his monthly day off for his anniversary; so we took the opportunity to thank him at the Conventual Mass this morning for all the graces received at his priestly hands during the last thirty years . . . . and we look forward in hope to many more years of Abbot Giles’s faithful ministry.
The body of Dom Nicholas will be received into the Abbey Church at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 2 August 2016, in the context of Evening Prayer for the Dead.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday 3 August 2016.
Abbot Giles asks that those who intend to be present for the Funeral Mass should let him know beforehand.