Today is the feast day of Pope St Pius X, often called the ‘Glorious Pope of the Eucharist’. May his steadfast faith and fervent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord inspire us all!
In many ways Pope St Pius X’s Eucharistic devotion mirrored that of Our Holy Father Norbert. Just as Norbert was sent to Antwerp to crush the heresies of Tanchelin and offer reparation to the insults heaped on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, so St Pius X, as Patriarch of Venice, held three days of public reparation when thieves stole a ciborium from a church in Venice scattering the Most Blessed Sacrament upon the ground.
“A priest above all in the Eucharistic ministry: this is the most faithful portrait of St. Pius X. To serve the mystery of the Blessed Eucharist as a priest, and to fulfill the command of Our Saviour “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19), was his way. From the day of his sacred ordination until his death as Pope, he knew no other possible way to reach such an heroic love of God, and to make a such generous return to that Redeemer of the world, Who by means of the Eucharist “poured out the riches of His divine Love for men” (Council of Trent, Session 13, chapter 2).” Pope Pius XII at the canonisation ceremony of St Pius X on 29th May, 1954
Our Holy Father Norbert, pray for us!
Pope St Pius X, pray for us!
Our Abbot, Rt Rev Hugh Allan o.praem., has written an article in the Catholic Herald about his role as Apostolic Administrator of the Falkland Islands, and Ecclesiastical Superior of the sui iuris Missions of St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, and the Ascension Island.
Please join us in praying to Our Holy Father Norbert as we prepare to celebrate his feast day. We thank God for the gift of so zealous and devoted son, and pray that He will continue to bless us with vocations who, like Our Holy Father, lift high the Blessed Sacrament above all the errors and miseries of the world.
To follow us in the novena use this booklet: Novena to St Norbert
At the kind invitation of Mr Christopher Foyle, the present owner of Beeleigh Abbey, our Prior, Abbot Hugh Allan o.praem., and some members of our community visited this former Premonstratensian house on Wednesday 30 March.
Abbot Hugh was named the Titular Abbot of Beeleigh last year, and to commemorate his elevation, Mr Foyle has added the Abbot’s name to the list of the historical Abbots of Beeleigh, which is displayed on the wall of the Abbey’s old chapter house.
Beeleigh Abbey, which is located less than 10 miles away from Chelmsford, was a Norbertine house from 1180 until the monastic dissolution of 1536. The community were shown those parts of the old Abbey that have survived, namely the calefactory, the dormitory and the chapter house, which were incorporated into the post-Reformation private house.
Christopher Foyle is the owner of Foyles Bookshops and has written a book on the history of his home, which includes fascinating details regarding its Norbertine past. We are very grateful to Mr and Mrs Foyle for for their continued friendship, as well as for their generous and welcoming hospitality.
More photos here.
Below are some photos taken during the Pontifical High Mass (Extraordinary Form) celebrated by Abbot Hugh on Monday, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. More photos here.
Below is the Novena prayer that we will be praying after all Masses in the run up to the Solemnity of St Joseph. The Novena will begin on 10th March and will be offered for the good estate of the Universal Church. Please join us in making this Novena to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.