» Easter passed well despite the limitations imposed on the community by the repairs to the abbey church. The principal liturgies of the Triduum were celebrated in St Mary's. The Good Friday Stations of the Cross were held in the meadow, folowing the path to the Calvary in which is the monumental crucifix given to the community by the Canonesses of St Augustine, the young silver birches lining the path serving for the individual stations. In a slight change to the traditional practice, the Sunday Easter Mass celebrated by the prior but by the Abbot President, Fr Christopher Jamison. Fr Gregory, our novice, was able to prepare a lavishly decorated paschal candle stand. The Triduum was attended by near-Middle Eastern temperatures! Below, with a picture of the paschal candle stand, is a picture of the Risen Christ from the Malawi carving in the library.
» Easter Week is a holiday week for the community, with a more relaxed regime. Fr Boniface is spending the week with the community at Douai, which will allow him to attend an Old Dowegians' gathering. Because of this holiday period, please not that the Guesthouse office will be closed until it reopens on 30 April.
» In Holy Week, on 15 April, Fr Gregory made his second perseverance in the novitiate before the community, with Fr Abbot's address centering on the seventh station of the Cross, Jesus' second fall. Two days later Bishop Philip joined the community for lunch.
» The Abbot and Community wish you all a blessed and peaceful Eastertide!