In Thanksgiving for the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI

Arms of Benedict XVI, Bishop of Rome Emeritus

Arms of Benedict XVI, Emeritus Bishop of Rome, in Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford .

From our Prior, Rt Rev Hugh Allan o.praem:

On Wednesday 27th February, the community celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. It was an emotional and prayerful Mass, filled with gratitude for all that Pope Benedict has done for us, but also deep sadness at his departure. Following the Mass one of our annual Lent Talks was given by Joanna Bogle, greatly enjoyed by all those present.

On Saturday 2nd March we celebrated Morning Prayer of the Church for the intention of the Cardinals gathering in Rome for the Conclave. We began with Mass at 9 a.m. followed by Exposition, Rosary, and ending at 12 noon with Benediction; confessions were heard throughout.  Everyone there was deeply moved by the experience.

Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford.

Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford.

As a community we continue our prayers for the Church and for the election of a new Pontiff through singing the Veni Creator before vespers each day. We invite all of our readers to join us in praying for this election, the text of the Veni Creator can be found here.

Our Lady Immaculate, pray for us.

Our Holy Fathers Augustine and Norbert, pray for us.


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Simply Professed Junior with the Canons Regular of Prémontré in the canonry of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Philip Benizi, Chelmsford.
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