Sunday, 17 July 2011

Nunraw in July

A new Powerpoint presentation on the Atlas Monks can be found here.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Brother Aidan's Funeral

Brother Aidan's Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday 14th April. Cardinal O'Brien presided and Abbot Mark preached the homily, which can be found on Dom Donald's Blog.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Brother Aidan's Funeral

Brother Aidan's Requiem will take place at the Abbey on Thursday 14th April at 1pm.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Brother Aidan Hunt RIP

Please pray for

Brother Aidan HUNT OCSO
of this community who died
on Wednesday 30th March 2011
in his 77th year and
the 48th year of Monastic Profession.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Happy Feast of St Joseph

Sometimes as a priest and especially as an abbot, I found myself vested rather grandiosely, perhaps even with mitre and crozier, and the great arch of the Abbey Church overhead, and then being incensed, while all the time having a responsibility to lead a precious family, even in the dark, towards unknown lands. All I could do is to hold on gratefully to the try square, aware that that's all I can master, and with eyes like Joseph's humbly and gently learn to penetrate the mystery of God's ways, and with an un-furrowed brow, journey on to do the will of Him who is the beginning and the end. – LW, St. Joseph, College Chapel-Window, Roscrea Abbey.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Ash Wednesday

On Sunday we were praying for the Pope as Ash Wednesday marks the first of the 43 Lenten Station Churches, Santa Sabina. He will be leaving the cross over to the Aventine, the highest of the seven hills of Rome. He gives the lead to the beginning of Lent with Mass, the Blessing and distribution of the Ashes.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Feast of the Presentation and Nunraw Anniversary

The light to lighten the nations (Guerric of Igny)

Presentation of the Lord
and Anniversary of Sancta Maria Abbey 1946

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

St Brigid's Day

Brigid died at Kildare on February 1 in 525 AD, she was laid to rest in a jeweled casket at Kil Dara. In 835, her remains were moved to protect them from Norse invaders, and interred in the same grave that holds the remains of St Patrick and St Columcille at Downpatrick. She is sometimes known as Bridget, Bride and Mary of the Gael. Her feast day is February 1.
So strong was the respect and reverence for this holy lady that she became the patroness of parishes, towns, and counties, not only in Ireland, but all across Europe and the America’s. She even had a symbol. As the shamrock became associated with St Patrick, a tiny cross made of rushes was linked with St Brigid. Woven by her while she explained the passion of Christ to a dying pagan, he was baptized before he died. Similar crosses are fashioned to this day as a defense against harm, and placed in the rafters of a cottage on the feast day of St. Brigid - 1st February.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Christian Unity

The theme - "One in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer" (Acts 2:42) - was chosen by a group of Christian leaders in Jerusalem. The leaders intend the theme as a call for inspiration and renewal, a return to the essentials of the faith, and a call to remember the time when the church was still one.