» Last Saturday we took delivery of a number of new vestments, all of silk and unique, made by Mary Collings in Ipswich and obtained with a generous discount. This purchase was made possible by generous contributions to the vestment fund. A fuller account will be included in the next Magazine, due soon. Below is a photo of the hood of the new green cope, which from next year will enhance our Sunday vespers in Ordinarytide.
» Another enhancement to the abbey church and its liturgical worship is the acquisition of a new portable baptismal font last Thursday. The wooden stand and lid were made by the head of IT at Winchester College, and the bowl of Portland stone by Blackwell and Moody of Winchester. It too has been made possible by donations. The lid features our cenentary logo, and the bowl has engraved on it our old crest.
» This past week we have been singing a revised order of Compline. Being sung to fixed tones, it includes revised texts of the psalms, hymn and Nunc Dimittis. To help us adapt Compline is being accompanied by the organ for a couple of weeks. So far we are picking it up rather well.
» Also in the past week the Abbot has been frequently in London, not least for a meeting of the Regimen of the EBC (the Abbot President's council) and the Patrimony Commission of the Church in England and Wales. Last Thursday Frs Alban and Hugh were at Farleigh prep school to hear confessions.