Solemnity of Our Holy Father Augustine

In token of her constant love
The glorious Queen of Heaven above
Clothes thee in white, that thou may’st be
A witness to her purity.
St. Austin gives his hallowed Rule
To train thy followers in that school
Of holy life.  And robed in light,
The Saviour meets the raptured sight,
To show, by seven-fold rays, the place
Where Norbert’s band – a chosen race,
Shall dwell, as oft by Heaven foretold,
In lone Prémontré’s blessed fold.
St. Norbert, who the world disdained,
Pray that we may, with hearts unstained, 
Walk in the light of purity,
And thus the heavenly nuptials see.


Soon after the establishment of the Order, Our Holy Father Norbert sought which way of life his young community ought to live by. The great Saint and Doctor, Augustine of Hippo, appeared before him and handed him the Rule of St. Augustine. We, the sons of St. Norbert, therefore adopted this Rule and are counted as part of the wider Augustinian family of canons, friars and nuns.

Our Holy Father Augustine, pray for us! 

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