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Norbertine of the Canonry of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Philip Benizi, Chelmsford, UK

St Bernard of Clairvaux talks about the Norbertines

We have posted before about the great St Bernard of Clairvaux and his friendship with Our Holy Father Norbert. As Vita B says about them: “Faith was the outstanding virtue of Norbert’s life, as Charity had been the hallmark of Bernard of … Continue reading

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Assumption of the BVM, Patroness of Our Order

Today is the feast of Our Blessed Lady’s Assumption, and the ordo for the Norbertine Liturgy makes it clear that she is “Patrona Ordinis Nostri” – the Patroness of our Order. Several of our Abbeys have Our Lady in her Assumption … Continue reading

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Br Stephen’s Priestly Ordination

The Canonry is pleased to announce that our confrere, Brother Stephen Morrison O.Praem., will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 6th December 2014, St Nicholas’ Day, by our new Bishop of Brentwood, Dr Alan Williams SM. Please support Br … Continue reading

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Celebrating 10 years as an independent Canonry of the Order

DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO FONTI OMNIPOTENTI GRATIAE ET BENEDICTIONIS FRATRES CANONIAE PRAEMONSTRATENSIS CAESAROMAGI DECADE JAM PERACTA A FUNDATIONE CANONICA GRATIAS DEVOTE AGUNT ET SANCTIS PATRIBUS AUGUSTINO ET NORBERTO SANCTISSIMAQUE VIRGINE MATRE INTERCEDENTIBUS SUPPLICES DOMINUM DEPRECANTUR UT AD SALUTEM ANIMARUM NECNON CONVERSIONEM … Continue reading

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Diaconal Ordination of Brother Stephen

Happy New Year to all our readers! May our Holy Fathers Augustine and Norbert pray for you, that 2014 may be a year of many graces and blessings. On Sunday 5th January 2014 at our parish church of Our Lady … Continue reading

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A Retreat with our friends on Papa Stronsay, the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer

Br Stephen was privileged to make his retreat this year on Papa Stronsay, a small monastery island in Orkney. This holy island is home to the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, a group of religious priests and brothers with … Continue reading

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Consecration of the Order to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Order of Prémontré has long been associated with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, especially since our very own St Hermann Joseph (+ 1241) is credited with writing the first devotional hymn to the Sacred Heart, long before the … Continue reading

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The Great “O” Antiphons begin…

Today in the Canonry we begin the singing of the “O” Antiphons at Vespers. These are sung from the 16th until the 23rd of December. For the chant itself, please see this previous posting. The Roman Rite begins the Great … Continue reading

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I’m dreaming of a White Cappa Magna…

… Just like the ones we used to know! As Winter sets in, we offer you a couple of glorious photo-graphs to warm the heart. This is the late great Abbot Pennings O.Praem., who was Abbot of St Norbert Abbey, … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.

“Immaculatam Conceptionem Virginis Mariae celebremus: Christum ejus Filium adoremus Dominum.” “Let us celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary: let us adore her Son, Christ the Lord.” (Matins: Invitatory respond) Our Holy Father Saint Norbert (ca. 1080 – 1134) … Continue reading

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