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.
Category Archives: Chant
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
It’s that time of year again, the great “O” Antiphons are back, to guide us through to Christmas. They are Magnificat antiphons, one for each day leading up to 23rd December. We Norbertines begin to sing them on 16th December, one day … Continue reading
And so we begin a new liturgical year with the joyful season of Advent. It is a time of waiting, expectation, hope, penance and preparation. As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, we ask ourselves whether … Continue reading
The Premonstratensian Rite gives us eight ‘O’ Antiphons compared to the seven that are found in the Roman Rite. 16 December ‘O Sapientia’ (please ‘click’ on the images for a better view) 17 December ‘O Adonai’ 18 December ‘O Radix Jesse’ 19th … Continue reading
Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex cælestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili Unigenite, Iesu Christe, Spiritus et … Continue reading
From the Graduale ad usum Canonici Praemonstratensis Ordinis 1931 The Easter Sequence Regina Coeli (solemn)