Torchlight Procession
In Honour of Our Lady

Wednesday 14th May saw the annual May procession in honour of Our Lady. It was a great event with people from a wide area coming to show their love and devotion to our Blessed Mother. Father Cenydd led the people in reciting the rosary as the statue of Our Lady was carried in procession around the grounds towards the abbey church. Father Brendan preached a stiring homily in which he reminded us that: "In the life of Mary we see something of the beauty of God's grace at work in a human being. In her we see how we are loved." To read Father Brendan's homily click here. Hymns of praise were sung to the Mother of Our Lord and Father Abbot led the prayers after which the congregation watched in awe as rose petals came down covering the statue and those around it. As always it was a great evening of prayer and praise not only to Mary but to God who through his Son has redeemed the world. Thank you to all who helped in any way to make the occasion a joyful and memorable one.

Belmont monks sing Vespers at Cardiff Cathedral

On Sunday, 20th January 2013, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend George Stack, the Belmont Community sang Vespers at St David's Cathedral, Cardiff to mark the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Abbot Paul preached on the "Origins of the Welsh Church in Celtic times". Although the congregation was small due to the adverse weather conditions the celebration went very well everyone present felt it was a fitting start to the week of Prayer for Christian Unity. St Michael's Priory at Belmont was the cathedral church of the Diocese of Newport and Menevia from 1859 to 1915 and from 1915 to 1920, co-cathedral of the new Archdiocese of Cardiff. In 1920 Belmont became an abbey.

A Celebration for the return of the Skenfrith Cope

On Saturday February 2nd, the Feast of the Purification of our Lady and the Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemass), Father Abbot and several members of the Belmont Community visited the church of St. Bridget's Skenfrith to take part in the celebrations which had been organised to welcome the return of the newly restored Skenfrith Cope. Abbot Paul preached and members of the Belmont community sang the Introit: Suscepimus.  

Made between 1450 and the early 1500's, the Skenfrith Cope is embellished with figures of angels and saints embroideed in silk. The central image if that of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the Reformation and the Dissolution of the monasteries such vestments fell out of use and were largely destroyed making the Skenfrith cope a rare example of its type..

Click here to learn more about the Skenfrith Cope
Abbot Paul's homily