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Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2, vv 16 to 22, as read on 12 January, 13 May, and 12 September

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Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 24–30, as read in monasteries on 29 January, 30 May and 29 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:03
May 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7, vv 19 to 23, as read in monasteries on 28 January, 29 May, and 28 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:53
May 29, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7, vv 10 to 18, as read in monasteries on 27 January, 28 May, and 27 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:32
May 28, 2020
St Augustine of Canterbury and the Gift of Piety
In which I shamelessly use St Augustine of Canterbury and my own experience of looking after hens to say something about the gift of piety for which we pray on the fifth day of our #novenatotheHolySpirit
03:55
May 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7, vv 5 to 9, as read in monasteries on 26 January, 27 May, and 26 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:58
May 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7, vv 1 to 4, as read in monasteries on 25 January, 26 May, and 25 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:48
May 26, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 6, vv 1 to 8, as read in monasteries on 24 January, 25 May, and 24 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:31
May 25, 2020
Wisdom, Understanding and Counsel
A few thoughts on the importance of praying for good government in Church and State, beginning with the gifts of wisdom, understanding and counsel for which we pray during our novena to the Holy Spirit. 
03:07
May 24, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 5, vv 14 to 19, as read in monasteries on 23 January, 24 May, and 23 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:10
May 24, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 5, vv 1 to 13, as read in monasteries on 22 January, 23 May, and 22 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:55
May 23, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 4, vv 63 to 78, as read in monasteries on 21 January, 22 May, and 21 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:10
May 22, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 4, vv 44 to 62, as read in monasteries on 20 January, 21 May, and 20 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:39
May 21, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 4, vv 22 to 43, as read in monasteries on 19 January, 20 May, and 19 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:10
May 20, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 4, vv 1 to 21, as read in monasteries on 18 January, 19 May, and 18 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:10
May 19, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 3, vv 7 to 13, as read in monasteries on 17 January, 18 May, and 17 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:57
May 18, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 3, vv 1 to 6, as read in monasteries on 16 January, 17 May, and 16 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:57
May 17, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2, vv 33 to 40, as read on 15 January, 16 May, and 15 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:22
May 16, 2020
Broken Relationships | Building Community
Seventeen hundred years ago St Pachomius came up with a novel solution to the problems of a solitary existence for desert ascetics. Do Church and society need a new Pachomius today?
04:27
May 15, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2, vv 30 to 32, as read on 14 January, 15 May, and 14 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:49
May 15, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2 vv 23–29, as read on 13 January, 14 May, and 13 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:27
May 14, 2020
One Equal Love
St Benedict’s teaching on favouritism is nuanced. We are all one in Christ and serve alike under the banner of the same Lord, but the abbot must try to see as God sees. A comment on RB 2. 16-22.
03:52
May 13, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2, vv 16 to 22, as read on 12 January, 13 May, and 12 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne
01:02
May 13, 2020
A Warning Against Hypocrisy
The Rule of St Benedict chapter 2, verses 11 to 15, contains a warning against hypocrisy — but in ourselves rather than others.
02:43
May 12, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2, vv 11 to 15, as read on 11 January, 12 May, and 11 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:00
May 12, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 2 vv 1 –10, as read on 10 January, 11 May and 10 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:37
May 11, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 1, vv 6 to 13, as read on 9 January, 10 May, and 9 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:30
May 10, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 1, vv 1 to 5, as read on 8 January, 9 May and 8 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:48
May 9, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 46–50, as read on 7 January, 8 May, and 7 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:54
May 8, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 39-45, as read on 6 January, 7 May, and 6 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:47
May 7, 2020
Normal for Whom?
In the light of our experience of COVID-19 and the inequalities between town and country,  could the rural monastery be ready for a renewed flourishing?
04:03
May 6, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 33–38, as read on 5 January, 6 May, and 5 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:49
May 6, 2020
The Language of Sacrifice: a new kind of Mass?
The language of sacrifice applied to our present experience of COVID-19, lockdown and the restrictions they bring doesn't lessen the pain but may enlarge our understanding of what we are about. #sacrifice #COVID-19 #Coronavirus
10:13
May 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 21–32, as read on 4 January, 5 May, and 4 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:43
May 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 14–20, as read on 3 January, 4 May, and 3 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:00
May 4, 2020
Vocations Sunday 2020
A personal reflection on vocation, with a few hints for a would-be nun drawn from the Rule of St Benedict.
06:06
May 3, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 8–13, as read on 2 January, 3 May, and 2 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
00:46
May 3, 2020
On Being a Contemplative
Many people find the use of visual images in prayer helpful, but for those drawn to the Word-centred practice of lectio divina it may be as much of a hindrance as a help: a personal view.
03:43
May 2, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, Prologue 1–7, as read on 1 January, 2 May, and 1 September
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. The Prologue announces the main themes Benedict will explore in later chapters of the Rule. It begins here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:11
May 2, 2020
Rule of St Benedict 73, as read on 1 May, 31 August and 31 December
In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. You can listen to the reading for the day in English here. The translation used is from Work and Prayer by Columba Cary-Elwes and Catherine Wybourne.
01:24
May 1, 2020
We're All Heroes Now
Do we place a burden on others by calling them 'heroic'? When we applaud the NHS tonight, what should we be doing ourselves to ensure it is not an empty tribute?
03:54
April 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 30 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 30 April.
01:04
April 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 29 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 29 April.
01:25
April 29, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 28 April.
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 28 April.
00:59
April 28, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 27 April.
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 27 April.
00:33
April 27, 2020
Emmaus Moments 2020
Lockdown means many people are unable to receive the holy Eucharist. Does that change the way we understand the Church and the sacrament of the Eucharist itself?
03:56
April 26, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 26 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 26 April.
00:51
April 26, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 25 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 25 April.
01:09
April 25, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 24 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 24 April.
01:09
April 24, 2020
Of the Dragon’s Party: St George’s Day 2020
As we celebrate St George's Day a more modest patriotism suggests itself. Did the damsel in distress ask to be rescued? Did St gGeorge have to slay the dragon?
03:27
April 23, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 23 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 23 April.
01:44
April 23, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 22 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 22 April.
01:20
April 22, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 21 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 21 April.
02:28
April 21, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 20 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 20 April.
01:09
April 20, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 19 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 19 April.
01:27
April 19, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 18 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 18 April.
01:21
April 18, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 17 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 17 April.
01:26
April 17, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 16 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 16 April.
01:30
April 16, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 15 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 15 April.
00:53
April 15, 2020
Recognizing the Risen Christ
The post-Resurrection appearances of Christ have something important to teach us about how to invite Christ into the heart of a sick and suffering world — the example of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
04:14
April 15, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 14 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 14 April.
01:20
April 14, 2020
Easter Monday: the Mission of Women
A brief reflection on the mission of women within the Church and our need to be prepared for the unexpected.
03:36
April 13, 2020
The Rule of St Benedict for 13 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 13 April.
01:34
April 13, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 12 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 12 April.
02:23
April 12, 2020
Holy Saturday and the Harrowing of Hell
Traditionally, Holy Saturday is a day of mercy when Christ descended to the underworld to free the souls of the just who had died before his coming. It is a day when hope and newness of life begin to spring up in the darkness and never more so than this year, when COVID-19 has closed our churches and made many despair..
05:02
April 11, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 11 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 11 April.
02:29
April 11, 2020
Lovely Tear from Lovely Eye: the Mothers of Jesus and Judas
A meditation for Good Friday: the mothers of Jesus and Judas embrace. The Cross has done its work.
04:51
April 10, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 10 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 10 April.
01:17
April 10, 2020
The Last Supper: Jesus and Judas at Table
Jesus needed his friends, including Judas. If we are scandalized by the idea of Judas being at the Last Supper, we may need to look more closely at ourselves and what theAgony in the Garden meant for Jesus.
04:39
April 9, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 9 April
The Rule of St Benedict as read  in the monastery on 9 April.
00:23
April 9, 2020
The Parting of Friends: Jesus and Judas
On the Wednesday of Holy Week, sometimes called Spy Wednesday, we reflect on the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. We know from our own expereience how bitter betrayal is, but perhaps we also need to think about the friendship between Jesus and Judas.
04:16
April 8, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 8 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 8 April.
01:27
April 8, 2020
Last Discourse III — John 17
During Holy Week, the liturgy of the monastery reverts to a plainer, more ancient form. The tradition of reading before Compline is maintained by reading part of the Last Discourse before Compline on the Wednesday of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Tonight we read John 14.1 to John 15.11 in English. The Revised Standard Version has been used. This section, John 17, is read on Good Friday.
04:58
April 7, 2020
Last Discourse II — John 15.12 – 16.33
During Holy Week, the liturgy of the monastery reverts to a plainer, more ancient form. The tradition of reading before Compline is maintained by reading part of the Last Discourse before Compline on the Wednesday of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Tonight we read John 14.1 to John 15.11 in English. The Revised Standard Version has been used. This section, John 15.12 – 16.33, is read on Maundy (Holy) Thursday.
08:28
April 7, 2020
Last Discourse I — John 14.1 – 15.11
Throughout Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum, the monastic liturgy reverts to a simpler, more ancient form. One element is the reading before Compline that St Benedict recommends in his Rule. We gather in choir to listen to the Last Discourse, read in English over three nights. The translation used in this recording is the Revised Standard Version. On the Wednesday of Holy Week we read this section, John 14.1 – 15.11
07:26
April 7, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 7 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 7 April.
01:54
April 7, 2020
Monday of Holy Week 2020
Jesus may have disappeared from our sight, but now is the time for decisive choice of him.
02:26
April 6, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 6 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 6 April.
00:57
April 6, 2020
Palm Sunday 2020
A reflection for Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020. Are we willing to be the Lord's Jerusalem?
02:15
April 5, 2020
Birdsong for Palm Sunday
Birdsong heard in the monastery garden just before 6.00a.m. on Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020.
02:01
April 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 5 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 5 April.
01:31
April 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 4 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 4 April.
02:05
April 4, 2020
No Condolences Yet, Please
A reflection on death and dying by someone with incurable cancer.
09:17
April 3, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 3 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 3 April.
00:51
April 3, 2020
Mass in a Time of COVID-19
A reflection on how our experience of COVID-19 prompts questions about access to the Mass and other sacraments.
05:01
April 2, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 2 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 2 April.
00:28
April 2, 2020
Quiet Time?
Christ's 'quiet time' was not very quiet, nor may ours be.
02:15
April 1, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 1 April
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read in the monastery on 1 April.
00:39
April 1, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 31 March
The Rule of St Benedict as read in the monastery on 31 March.
01:35
March 31, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 30 March
The Rule of St Benedict, as read in the monastery on 30 March.
00:42
March 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 29 March
The Rule of St Benedict, as read in the monastery on 29 March.
02:01
March 29, 2020
A Strange Urbi et Orbi
A reflection on Pope Francis's address to the city and the world of 27 March 2020: we are being invited to stand alone before the Lord and deepen our faith and prayer.
03:32
March 28, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 28 March
The Rule of St Benedict, as read in the monastery on 28 March
01:22
March 28, 2020
Lent Has Not Been Cancelled
Where are we on our Lenten journey? Time to do a little reassessment perhaps.
02:58
March 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 27 March
The Rule of St Benedict, as read in the monastery on 27 March
00:43
March 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 26 March
The Rule of St Benedict for 26 March, as read in the monastery
00:57
March 26, 2020
God's Humility: the Annunciation
The lovely solemnity of the Annunciation could aptly be re-named the Feast of God's Humility. Here's why.
02:53
March 25, 2020
Rule of St Benedict for 25 March
The Rule of St Benedict in English, as read day by day in the monastery.
00:30
March 25, 2020
Embracing Uncertainty
Lockdown need not be a negative experience.
03:52
March 24, 2020