» Yesterday in England was the solemnity of Corpus Christi. At the abbey the good weather allowed us to have a procession from the abbey church to the parish church, a short but noble journey. We were able to vest the abbot in a lovely 1950s Corpus Christi chasuble, inherited from the canonesses formerly at Sayers Common.
The same afternoon Fr Hugh drove into London to carry the Blessed Sacrament in the procession from St Patrick's Soho Square, through the interesting streets of Soho to the Anglican church of St Giles-in-the-Fields, for adoration and benediction in the churchyard there. The vicar and parishioners joined us for these final rites and offered the Catholic pilgrims welcome refreshments.
» After a short spell of quiet in the guesthouse, we are host this week to the permanent deacon candidates studying at the seminary at Wonersh.
» The duck colony is growing, now into double figures and adding some liveliness to the monks' garden. Fr Gabriel reports that the bees, too, are flourishing and well into honey production now. Fr Benjamin reports that the goldfish in the pond outside the guests' refectory have had babies. Despite the grey skies today, summer is upon us.