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.

 Click here to read Abbot Paul's homily

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