Guest House Closed

123The Guest House will be Closed from – Thursday 1st December 2016 – until – Wednesday 1st February 2017.

 

As the birth of our Blessed Lord approaches this time allows the brethren to join in the waiting for the coming of the Messiah

Mark 13:33-37

33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

Iconography, Gesso & Gilding Weekend

Icon painting is a meditative, prayerful, and somewhat ritualized art form, in which the materials and processes as well as the ianselmmage have symbolic meaning.   “God’s whole creation gathers to create the icon, in the form of the all-natural animal, vegetable, and mineral products used for the board, gilding, painting, and oiling.”  “A blessed icon completed by this “liturgically correct” process is considered sacred, regardless of the quality of its art work.”

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Companions of Our Lady & St John

Companions Morning

First of a series of mornicon_abings set aside for the Companions of Our Lady & St John Only. Led by Dom Anselm Shobrook OSB, with invited speakers leading discussion and prayer.

Saturday 18th February / 1st April / 25th June / 19th August / 28th October / Saturday 3rd December

Mass at 9am, coffee 9.45, or meet in Reception to start at 10.15am, finish 12.25

or you may wish to join the community for Midday Office at 12.30.

If you are interested in becoming a Companion, please contact Dom Anselm OSB, Master of Companions.

Oblates Retreat

The dates for Oblates Retreat will be –2543485_c55444c8

Monday 13th February (meet at 16.00) – Friday 17th February (depart after lunch)
And 21st August (meet at 16.00) – 26th August (depart after lunch)

Opportunity for Oblates to meet for a week of Benedictine silence and prayer with daily addresses led by TBC ?.

Only available to the Abbey of Our Lady & St John Oblates.
Please contact the Guest Master to book your week, (places are limited).

Abbot Giles Hill

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.

Fr. Nicholas

Give thanks to God for the life of

the Reverend Dom Nicholas Seymour O.S.B.

Monk of Alton Abbey

Born 20 October 1939

Professed 21 March 1987

Ordained Deacon 1 November 1996

Ordained Priest 20 June 1997

Died peacefully at 9.10a.m. on 9 July 2016

Please pray for the repose of his soul.

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( Details for the funeral will be posted at a later date.)