Our Holy Father Norbert
Norbertines of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford
"Live together in harmony, and be of one mind and one heart on the way to God" (Rule 1.2)
The Canons Regular of Prémontré were founded by St. Norbert at Prémontré, France on Christmas Day, 1120.
By God's grace, we live the canonical life based upon the ancient Rule of St Augustine (written around 400). At the heart of our way of life is a devotion to prayer and contemplation, which nourishes our various apostolic works in the world. There are five pillars to our Norbertine way of life that our holy father Norbert bequeathed to us:
- The praise of Almighty God in the sacred liturgy
- A zeal for souls
- A life of penance
- Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament
- Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially her Immaculate Conception
The Order arrived in England in 1138, until the suppression of the monasteries in the Reformation. By then, there were 38 houses (both male and female) in the British Isles. Expelled from these islands for over three centuries, we returned in 1872 and founded several missions.
Our own canonry became independent in 2004, and we established our home in Chelmsford in 2006.
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Prayer for vocations to our Order
Almighty Father, raise up abundant and holy vocations to the Order of Prémontré.
Send us good and holy souls who will keep the Faith alive and guard the blessed memory of Our Holy Fathers Augustine and Norbert.
Send us ardent yet gentle men who through the preaching of Christ’s word and the administration of the Sacraments may continually renew your faithful.
Grant us holy ministers of your altar who will be careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist; lifting high the Blessed Sacrament above all the errors and miseries of the world. Amen.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
… 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
“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