to the Belmont Abbey website.
behalf of the monks of the Abbey of St Michael and All Angels, Belmont,
Hereford, England, I invite you use this vastly improved site and so get to
know more about our life and work as a Benedictine Community, members of the
English Benedictine Congregation and part of the Roman Catholic Church.
is a place of great beauty with a fascinating history, a magnificent church and
attractive gardens. Today it is a thriving, hardworking Community following the
Rule of St Benedict and committed to sharing its rich spiritual and liturgical
life with others, both at Belmont, in our foundation in Peru and in the many
parishes and chaplaincies for which we are responsible.
can discover all this through the website or you can visit us and see for
yourselves. I pray that your contact with us may be a real blessing and that
you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Abbot Paul Stonham
Shrove Tuesday evening, the Community entertained our fifty or so volunteers to
a festal supper in the monks' refectory. We are grateful to our volunteers who
work with us in the monastery shop, the retreats' department, the education and
schools' visits' team and as welcomers and guides in the abbey church for open
days and other special occasions.
a delicious meal, pancake relay racing, devised by Br Bernard, took place
between mixed teams of monks and volunteers, after which we relaxed over tea and
coffee. It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all present, an excellent
way to begin Lent in good spirits.
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Ash Wednesday Homily
In a few moments
time, ashes will be blessed and place on our heads as a sign of repentance and
conversion and as a pledge of the acts of penance we will practise this year.
It's the traditional way in which we begin Lent in the Western Church. The prayer
of blessing takes its theme from those well-known words from the book of the
Prophet Ezequiel, "Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the
Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?" (Ez.
18:23) God does not desire the death of the wicked, but that we repent and
Click here to read the rest of Abbot Paul's Homily
New Belmont CD
The Feast of All Saints sees the release of Belmont's new CD, Music for the
English Gradual. It's a double CD with accompanying booklet, that contains a good selection of
the music that Dom Alan Rees wrote to assist the singing of Mass in English.
All friends of Belmont and all those who love to sing the Mass will be
enthralled by this new CD. There is an introductory offer until the end of the
year at the reduced price of £12.
The new Belmont Abbey CD along with the English Gradual which accompanies it can be purchased from the Abbey bookshop. For mail order enquires please ring Hedley Lodge on 01432 374747.
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Christ in His Mysteries
Friday 4th April to Sunday 6th April
Through the Sacraments, the doorways to faith, we enter the sacred mysteries and come to know Christ as Saviour and Lord. On this retreat Abbot Paul Stonham will help us reflect on the Sacraments and the liturgy we celebrate and so enter more deeply into their meaning.
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Wednesdays of Lent.
'Re-Imagining The World'
Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter. This year
our Lentern days of recollection use the Parables of Jesus to help us 're-imagine'
the world; one in which we are all challenged to adopt a new way of living and
relating. Each Wednesday during Lent we explore their deeper meaning.
Wednesday 12th March: Division and Reconciliation. Dom Andrew
Wednesday 19th March: Luke's unlikely evangelists. Dom Brendan
Wednesday 26th March: Death and Re-Growth. Dom Andrew
Wednesday 2nd April: Deception and Dishonesty. Fr. Abbot
Wednesday 9th April: John's hidden stories. Fr. Abbot
Coffee 10.30, Talk 11.00, Mass at 12
noon. 1.00 Simple Bread & Soup
Lunch. Talk 2.00. Afternoon Tea 3.00pm.
Suggested Offering £10.00. Includes Lunch.
The Belmont Easter Retreat
Thursday 17th April (pm) to Monday 21st April (am).
From Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to the great celebration of Easter we pray and live the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
Led by: Dom Brendan Thomas & Dom Alex Echeandía Loro.
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