Novena to St Norbert 2017

Please join us in praying to Our Holy Father Norbert as we prepare to celebrate his feast day. We thank God for the gift of so zealous and devoted son, and pray that He will continue to bless us with vocations who, like Our Holy Father, lift high the Blessed Sacrament above all the errors and miseries of the world.

To follow us in the novena use this booklet: Novena to St Norbert

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A Visit to Beeleigh Abbey

At the kind invitation of Mr Christopher Foyle, the present owner of Beeleigh Abbey, our Prior, Abbot Hugh Allan o.praem., and some members of our community visited this former Premonstratensian house on Wednesday 30 March.

Abbot Hugh was named the Titular Abbot of Beeleigh last year, and to commemorate his elevation, Mr Foyle has added the Abbot’s name to the list of the historical Abbots of Beeleigh, which is displayed on the wall of the Abbey’s old chapter house.

Beeleigh Abbey, which is located less than 10 miles away from Chelmsford, was a Norbertine house from 1180 until the monastic dissolution of 1536. The community were shown those parts of the old Abbey that have survived, namely the calefactory, the dormitory and the chapter house, which were incorporated into the post-Reformation private house.

Christopher Foyle is the owner of Foyles Bookshops and has written a book on the history of his home, which includes fascinating details regarding its Norbertine past. We are very grateful to Mr and Mrs Foyle for for their continued friendship, as well as for their generous and welcoming hospitality.

More photos here.

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Pontifical High Mass for St Joseph’s Day

Below are some photos taken during the Pontifical High Mass (Extraordinary Form) celebrated by Abbot Hugh on Monday, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. More photos here.

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Novena to St Joseph

Below is the Novena prayer that we will be praying after all Masses in the run up to the Solemnity of St Joseph. The Novena will begin on 10th March and will be offered for the good estate of the Universal Church. Please join us in making this Novena to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.

Novena to St Joseph

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Pontifical High Mass for St Joseph’s Day

On 20th March, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Abbot Hugh Allan o.praem. will celebrate a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7.30pm in the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford.
 
Prior to the feast, a novena to St Joseph will be prayed after all Masses, starting from 10th March. Both the High Mass and the novena will be offered for the good estate of the Universal Church.
 
All are most welcome to attend the Mass as well as to join us in praying the novena.
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2017

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2017

1631 years since the conversion of Our Holy Father Augustine

1587 years since the death of Our Holy Father Augustine

937 years since the birth of Our Holy Father Norbert

924 years since the birth of Blessed Hugh

904 years since Our Holy Father Norbert declined the bishopric of Cambrai

902 years since the conversion of Our Holy Father Norbert

897 years since the first meeting between Our Holy Father Norbert and St. Evermode

896 years since the foundation of our Order at Prémontré

883 years since the death of Our Holy Father Norbert

874 years since the foundation of our Order in Britain

854 years since St. Frederick constructed the abbey church at Mariengaarde

824 years since the foundation of Teplá by Blessed Hroznata

814 years since the birth of Blessed Bronislava of Zwierzyniec

481 years since the suppression of our houses in England under Henry VIII

447 years since the martyrdom of SS. Adrian and James at Gorcum

437 years since the arrest and death of Servant of God James O’Mulkerin

435 years since the approbation of the cult of St. Norbert

390 years since the translation of the relics of Our Holy Father Norbert to Strahov

227 years since the closure of Prémontré

224 years since the martyrdom of Blessed Peter-Adrian Toulorge of Blanchelande

145 years since the return of our Order to England

74 years since the death in Auschwitz of the canons of Nová Řiše

13 years since the foundation of our canonry

9 years since the foundation of our house in Chelmsford

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The Abbot and Community of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford, wish all our readers, benefactors, relatives and friends a blessed and happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

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