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About stephanusopraem

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

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

Posted in Chant, Chelmsford, General

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

Posted in Norbertine History, O.Praem Pictures, Premonstratensian Communities

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

Posted in Norbertine History, Premonstratensian Communities, St. Norbert, Vocation