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
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
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