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
Abbot's Homily on the Solemnity of All Saints 2013
"I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation,
race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne of
the Lamb, dressed in white robes and with palms in their hands." This
vision of heaven lies at the very heart of the Feast of All Saints,
which began life as a celebration of all Christian martyrs, many of whom
were unknown by name. The only way to be sure was to have a feast in
honour of them all.
Click here to read the rest of the homily
Patrick Lobo spent most of September at our parish of St Michael and All
Angels, Abergavenny, on a pastoral placement under the expert guidance of Fr
Richard Simons, Parish Priest. He also returned to Rome on 1st
October to continue his studies for the priesthood at the Beda College while
living at St Paul outside the Walls.
News from Peru
Fr David recently had an operation for an Umbilical
Hernia at the Clinica Tezza in Lima. He is now back in the monastery and is
doing well. During his week's stay in hospital, one of the monks was with him
day and night to care for him.
Our novice, Br José Luis Espinoza Sánchez, has returned to the monastery after a time
out considering his vocation. We pray for his perseverance.
Belmont Abbey English Graduale
have recently published in book form "An English Gradual", a compendium of
English chants for use at Mass. It can be purchased at our bookshop or ordered
directly from Fr Abbot at a cost of £5, plus postage where necessary.
forty years the monks of Belmont have been singing English texts at the
Conventual Mass to the music of Dom Alan Rees, alternating with traditional
Latin chants. Most of these simple settings of biblical texts were never set
out in book form by Dom Alan. Some existed on bits of paper or even in the
memory of those who had sung them. However, since his untimely death in 2006,
the brethren have felt the need to collate his compositions into an English
Gradual as an aid to singing the Mass. Many other communities also use these
chants, finding them helpful, prayerful and easy to sing. Though very short,
often just a sentence of Scripture, they are beautifully crafted and easy to
of the musical settings are those of Dom Alan Rees, though a few are by Dom
Laurence Bevenot and Dom Charles Watson at his request. One or two Dom Alan
borrowed from Stanbrook Abbey and from Gelineau. Each Introit, Offertory and
Communion chant is accompanied by a selection of verses from a given psalm,
taken from the singing version of the Grail Psalter as used at Belmont. The
chants should be sung like Gregorian Chant following the rhythm of the
language. They can be accompanied or not as best suits the occasion. Although the chants are given in specific
sections, they can, in fact, be used as needed.
this English Gradual we have added a selection of Dom Alan's simple Mass
ordinaries. In the case of the Gloria, Sanctus and Eucharistic Acclamations
these have been adapted to the new translation of the Roman Missal that came
into effect in 2011.
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 Graduale which accompanies it can be purchased from the Abbey bookshop. For mail order enquires please ring Hedley Lodge on 01432 374747.
Click here for further information
Abbey: Celebrating 150 years" Edited by Dom Andrew Berry, a
member of the Belmont Community and assistant novice master, it contains
contributions on the history and life of Belmont including chapters on the
School, our foundation in Peru and the architecture of the church and
monastery. Illustrated throughout; "Belmont Abbey: Celebrating 150
years" has proved very popular among those who know the community well
and those who are interested in monastic life as it continues to be lived out
in the 21st Century. In the words of Abbot Paul Stonham: "This
story is one of fidelity to the Rule and to the Gospel, to the Benedictine
tradition and to the Church. At the same time it is the story of men with
hearts open to the call of Christ, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the
needs of the world around and beyond them".
At a cost of £19.50,
this book provides a fascinating insight into the history, life and work of one
of the great Benedictine communities in this country.
"Belmont Abbey: Celebrating 150 years" can be purchased from the Abbey bookshop or by mail order.
Please ring 01432 374752 between 2.00pm and 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
and after Mass on Sunday for further information.
Click to look inside
Book Review in the Hereford Times
Book Review by Dr John Broadley Honary Research Fellow, University of Manchester
Light of the World
Saturday 7th December 10.00am to 4.00pm.
A chance to pause and reflect on the wonder and mystery of Christ's coming into the world.
The day will include Mass.
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Or contact: Father Andrew on 01432 374724 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org