In His Holy Rule, St Benedict makes provision for Holy Mass, as one would expect, but Holy Mass is not given centre stage. This is by no means to say that it would not have been the viewed as the most sublime moment of connection with the Divine, but rather that the Rule is the regulation of the everyday life of the monk. Following the sacred tradition of life in the desert, and then in community, St Benedict's Rule details first and foremost the regulation of the Psalms and how the Office is to be followed, and how we monks are to live together so that we may get to heaven.
In our Community we have always followed the traditional liturgical books published in 1934, which in turn follow the sacred tradition of our order. And so our Conventual Mass (the Mass of the community of monks) has followed the rubrics and monastic calendar of the same date, so that our life in choir (in our prayers and psalms) and our life at the altar, may be in harmony.
This was the case until the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes on 16th of July 2021. Its implementation is the Diocese of Clifton has meant that the work of God which we were founded to do, was no longer possible in that place.
We keep to the tradition of the Church. We keep singing our prayers, and offering the Holy Mass, as the Church has done for millennia.
We will remain faithful custodians of tradition, and put ourselves under the protection of Our Lady of Glastonbury, Our Holy Father St Benedict, and the countless choirs of monks who have prayed, lived, and died in our land.
Keep us in your prayers
and we shall see where the Holy Spirit in His Sublime Wisdom sends us.