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Muddled Thinking and Muddled Morals
Preparing for Advent provides us with an opportunity to reassess what really matters to us and act accordingly.
04:32
November 23, 2020
House of Prayer or Robbers' Den? The Case for Spiritual Distancing
There is a sharp dichotomy in the gospel between the temple as a house of prayer and the temple as a robbers' den. As Christians, the Lord's new temple, we are called to pray unceasingly. That means practising detachment or, as I call it, spiritual distancing — from material things, yes, but above all, cultivating inner freedom.
03:29
November 20, 2020
The Loneliness of St Hilda of Whitby
We tend to see only what we think important in the people of history. As a nun, as well as a student of history, I'm struck by the less obvious side of Hilda's life, her loneliness especially.
04:06
November 19, 2020
Trivial reflections
Seeing a reconstruction of the head of a man who died more than four thousand years ago set me thinking how we see ourselves and how others see us. On a day when the media were busy consigning Peter Sutcliffe to hell, it was good to remember our common humanity — and leave judgement to God.
03:14
November 14, 2020
What is Expected of a Monastery in Time of Pandemic?
A monastery should be a place of encounter with God, whether online or off. So, how do we do that? Questions, not answers.
04:16
October 1, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 73 (Not Every Principle of Holiness has been Laid Down in this Rule), as read in monasteries on 31 May, 31 August, 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
August 31, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 72 (The Good Zeal Monks Ought to Have), as read in monasteries on 30 April, 30 August, 30 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.
01:04
August 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 71 (Being Obedient to One Another), as read in monasteries on 29 April, 29 August, 29 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.
01:25
August 29, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 70 (Not to Presume to Strike Anyone at Random ), as read in monasteries on 28 April, 28 August, 28 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.
00:59
August 28, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 69 (No-one in the Monastery Should Presume to Defend Another), as read in monasteries on 27 April, 27 August, 27 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.
00:33
August 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 68 (If Commanded to Do the Impossible), as read in monasteries on 26 April, 26 August, 26 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.
00:51
August 26, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 67 (Brethren Sent on a Journey), as read in monasteries on 25 April, 25 August, 25 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.
01:09
August 25, 2020
A Retreat We Didn't Expect
The community's annual retreat sounds as though it should be blissful, doesn't it? The reality may surprise you. A true story from the cloister.
04:51
August 24, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 66 (The Porters of the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 24 April, 24 August, 24 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
01:09
August 24, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 65 vv 11–22 (The Prior of the Monastery, Part 2), as read in monasteries on 23 April, 23 August, 23 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.
01:44
August 23, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 65 vv 1– 10 (The Prior of the Monastery, Part 1), as read in monasteries on 22 April, 22 August, 22 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
01:20
August 22, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 64 vv 7– 22 (The Appointment of the Abbot, Part 2), as read in monasteries on 21 April, 21 August, 21 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.
02:28
August 21, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 64 vv 1– 6 (The Appointment of the Abbot, Part 1), as read in monasteries on 20 April, 20 August, 20 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.
01:09
August 20, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 63 vv 10– 19 (Community Order, Part 2), as read in monasteries on 19 April, 19 August, 19 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.
01:27
August 19, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 63 vv 1– 9 (Community Order, Part 1), as read in monasteries on 18 April, 18 August, 18 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.
01:21
August 18, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 62 (The Priests of the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 17 April, 17 August, 17 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.
01:26
August 17, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 61 vv 6–14 (Visiting Monks, Part 2), as read in monasteries on 16 April, 16 August, 16 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.
01:30
August 16, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 61 vv 1–5 (Visiting Monks, Part 1), as read in monasteries on 15 April, 15 August, 15 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. Today the text is read by a Scottish member of the community.
00:53
August 15, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 60 (Priests who May Wish to Live in the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 14 April, 14 August, 14 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.
01:20
August 14, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 59 (The Offering of the Children of the Rich and Poor), as read in monasteries on 13 April, 13 August, 13 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.
01:34
August 13, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 58 vv 17–29 (The Procedure for Admitting Brethren, Part 2), as read in monasteries on 12 April, 12 August, 12 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.
02:23
August 12, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 58 vv 1–16 (The Procedure for Admitting Brethren, Part 1), as read in monasteries on 11 April, 11 August, 11 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.
02:29
August 11, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 57 (The Craftworkers of the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 10 April, 10 August, 10 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.
01:17
August 10, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 56 (The Abbot's Table), as read in monasteries on 9 April, 9 August, 9 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.
00:23
August 9, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 55 vv 15-22 (The Clothing and Footwear of the Brethren Part 2), as read in monasteries on 8 April, 8 August, 8 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.
01:27
August 8, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 55 vv 1-14 (The Clothing and Footwear of the Brethren, Part 1), as read in monasteries on 7 April, 7 August, 7 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
01:54
August 7, 2020
Transfiguration 2020
The feast of the Transfiguration was given to the Universal Church by the Cluniacs but it has become associated with some of the blackest deeds in human history — and some of the potentially brightest.
02:53
August 6, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 54 (Whether a Monk should receive Letters or anything else), as read in monasteries on 6 April, 6 August, 6 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.
00:57
August 6, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 53 vv 16-24 (The Reception of Guests Part 2), as read in monasteries on 5 April, 5 August, 5 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.
01:31
August 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 53 vv 1-15 (The Reception of Guests: Part 1), as read in monasteries on 4 April, 4 August, 4 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.
02:05
August 4, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 52 (The Oratory of the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 3 April, 3 August, 3 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.
00:51
August 3, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 51 (Those who do not go Far Distant), as read in monasteries on 2 April, 2 August, 2 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
00:28
August 2, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 50 (Working at a Distance from the Oratory or on a Journey), as read in monasteries on 1 April, 1 August, 1 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.
00:39
August 1, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 49 (The Observance of Lent), as read in monasteries on 31 March, 31 July and 30 November
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.
01:35
July 31, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 48, vv 22-25 (Daily Manual Labour—Part 3), as read in monasteries on 30 March, 30 July and 29 November
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.
00:42
July 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 48, vv 10-21 (Daily Manual Labour—Part 2), as read in monasteries on 29 March, 29 July and 28 November
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.
02:01
July 29, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 48, vv 1-9 (Daily Manual Labour—Part 1), as read in monasteries on 28 March, 28 July and 27 November
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
July 28, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 47 (Indicating the Hour for the Work of God), as read in monasteries on 27 March, 27 July and 26 November
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.
00:43
July 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 46 (Other Faults), as read in monasteries on 26 March, 26 July and 25 November
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
July 26, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 45 (Mistakes in the Oratory), as read in monasteries on 25 March, 25 July and 24 November
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.
00:30
July 25, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 44 (How the Excommunicated are to Make Satisfaction), as read in monasteries on 24 March, 24 July and 23 November
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.
01:33
July 24, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 43 part 2 (Lateness at the Work of God or at Table), as read in monasteries on 23 March, 23 July and 22 November
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.
01:07
July 23, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 43 part 1 (Lateness at the Work of God or at Table), as read in monasteries on 22 March, 22 July and 21 November
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.
01:57
July 22, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 42 (No Speaking after Compline), as read in monasteries on 21 March, 21 July and 20 November
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
July 21, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 41 (The Times of Meals), as read in monasteries on 20 March, 20 July and 19 November
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.
01:17
July 20, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 40 (The Measure of Drink), as read in monasteries on 19 March, 19 July and 18 November
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
July 19, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 39 (The Measure of Food), as read in monasteries on 18 March, 18 July and 17 November
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.
01:28
July 18, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 38 (The Reader for the Week), as read in monasteries on 17 March, 17 July and 16 November
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
01:41
July 17, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 37 (The Old and Very Young), as read in monasteries on 16 March, 16 July and 15 November
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.
00:35
July 16, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 36, (On Sick Brethren), as read in monasteries on 15 March, 15 July and 14 November
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
July 15, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 35, vv 12 –18 (The Kitchen Severs for the Week Part 2), as read in monasteries on 14 March, 14 July and 13 November
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
July 14, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 35, vv 1–11 (The Kitchen Severs for the Week Part 1), as read in monasteries on 13 March, 13 July and 12 November
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.
01:19
July 13, 2020
Glimpses of God
The importance of charity and those glimpses of God in prayer when we are allowed to see as God sees.
02:39
July 12, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 34 (Whether All Should Receive Necessary Items in Equal Measure), as read in monasteries on 12 March, 12 July and 11 November
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.
00:50
July 12, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 33 (Whether Monks Should Have Anything of Their Own), as read in monasteries on 11 March, 11 July and 10 November
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.
01:04
July 11, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 32 (The Tools & Belongings of the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 10 March, 10 July and 9 November
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
July 10, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 31, vv 12–19 (The Kind of Person the Cellarer Should Be), as read in monasteries on 9 March, 9 July and 8 November
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.
01:05
July 8, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 31, vv 1–12 (The Kind of Person the Cellarer Should Be), as read in monasteries on 8 March, 8 July and 7 November
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.
01:40
July 8, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 30 (The Correction of Children), as read in monasteries on 7 March, 7 July and 6 November
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.
00:31
July 7, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 29 (Readmission of those who Leave the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 6 March, 6 July and 5 November
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.
00:33
July 6, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 28 (Those who Refuse to Amend), as read in monasteries on 5 March, 5 July and 4 November
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
July 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 27 (The Abbot's Special Care for the Excommunicated), as read in monasteries on 4 March, 4 July and 3 November
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.
01:35
July 4, 2020
Cherry-Picking the Rule of St Benedict
We all love the 'spiritual' bits of the Rule, but what about the Penal Code and the way in which Benedict deals with faults committed by the brethren? It's all part and parcel of monastic living.
03:47
July 3, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 26 (Associating with the Excommunicated), as read in monasteries on 3 March, 3 July and 2 November
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.
00:23
July 3, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 25 (On More Serious Faults), as read in monasteries on 2 March, 2 July and 1 November
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
July 2, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 24 (The Measure of Excommunication) as read in monasteries on 1 March, 1 July and 31 October
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.
00:56
July 1, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 23 (Excommunication for Faults), as read in monasteries on 28 February (29 Leap Year), 30 June and 30 October
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
June 30, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 22 (How the Monks are to Sleep), as read in monasteries on 27 February (28 Leap Year), 29 June and 29 October
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.
01:08
June 29, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 21 (The Deans of the Monastery), as read in monasteries on 26 February (27 Leap Year), 28 June and 28 October
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
June 28, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 20 (On Reverence in Prayer), as read in monasteries on 25 February (26 Leap Year), 27 June and 27 October
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
June 27, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 19 (The Discipline of Singing the Psalms), as read in monasteries on 24 February (25 Leap Year), 26 June and 26 October
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.
00:51
June 26, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 18 vv 20–25 (The Order in Which the Psalms are to be Said — Part 3), as read in monasteries on 24 February (Leap Year), 25 June and 25 October
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.
01:09
June 25, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 18 vv 12–19 (the Order in Which the Psalms are to be said — Part 3), as read in monasteries on 23 February, 24 June and 24 October
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.
02:34
June 24, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 18 vv 7–11 (the Order in Which the Psalms are to be said — Part 2), as read in monasteries on 22 February, 23 June and 23 October
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
June 23, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 18 (the Order in Which the Psalms are to be said — Part 1), as read in monasteries on 21 February, 22 June and 22 October
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
June 22, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 17 (the Number of Psalms to be said at these Hours), as read in monasteries on 20 February, 21 June and 21 October
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.
01:36
June 21, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 16 (the Divine Office during the Day), as read in monasteries on 19 February, 20 June and 20 October
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.
00:56
June 20, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 15 (the Seasons when Alleluia is to be said), as read in monasteries on 18 February, 19 June and 19 October
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
June 19, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 14 (Vigils on Saints’ Days), as read in monasteries on 17 February, 18 June and 18 October
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.
00:25
June 18, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 13 vv 12–14 (Lauds on Ordinary Days — part 2), as read in monasteries on 16 February, 17 June and 17 October
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.
00:42
June 17, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 13 vv 1–11 (Lauds on Ordinary Days — part 1), as read in monasteries on 15 February, 16 June and 16 October
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
June 16, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 12 (Lauds), as read in monasteries on 14 February, 15 June and 15 October
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.
00:43
June 15, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 11 (the Night Office on Sundays), as read in monasteries on 13 February, 14 June and 14 October
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.
02:03
June 14, 2020
Collective Obsessions and Seeking to Understand
How do our collective obsessions, fleeting though they may be, affect us as individuals and as a society? Using the examples of COVID-19, racism and transgenderism this podcast seeks to examine some of the spiritual and personal dimensions of the question.
14:24
June 13, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 10 (the Night Office in Summer), as read in monasteries on 12 February, 13 June and 13 October
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.
00:38
June 13, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 9 vv 1-11 (the Psalms at the Night Office), as read in monasteries on 11 February, 12 June and 12 October
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
June 12, 2020
How to Cope with Life's Injustices
Coping with injustices both small and great is something we all have to do, but how? A few thoughts linked to current events and the life of St Barnabas.
05:03
June 11, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 8 vv 1-4 (the Divine Office at Night), as read in monasteries on 10 February, 11 June and 11 October
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
June 11, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 62–70 (the twelfth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 9 February, 10 June and 10 October
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
June 10, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 60–61 (the eleventh step of humility), as read in monasteries on 8 February, 9 June and 9 October
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.
00:27
June 9, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 v 59 (the tenth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 7 February, 8 June and 8 October
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.
00:16
June 8, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 56-57 (the ninth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 6 February, 7 June and 7 October
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.
00:24
June 7, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 v 55 (the eighth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 5 February, 6 June and 6 October
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.
00:14
June 6, 2020
On Being Perverse
A light-hearted look at social media aliases and parody accounts in the light of St Benedict's seventh step of humility, which is about being modest in one's opinion of oneself.
03:24
June 5, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 51–54 (the seventh step of humility), as read in monasteries on 4 February, 5 June and 5 October
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.
00:41
June 5, 2020
Reaching Zero-Point
St Benedict's sixth step of humility reminds us that we have to change ourselves before we try to change others, that contentment is not the same as complacency, and if we leave God out of the equation, disaster may follow.
04:54
June 4, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 49–50 (the sixth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 3 February, 4 June and 4 October
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.
00:33
June 4, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 44–48 (the fifth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 2 February, 3 June and 3 October
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.
00:50
June 3, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 35–43 (the fourth step of humility), as read in monasteries on 1 February, 2 June and 2 October
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.
01:50
June 2, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 v. 34 (the third step of humility), as read in monasteries on 31 January, 1 June and 1 October
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.
00:21
June 1, 2020
Rule of St Benedict, chapter 7 vv 31–33, as read in monasteries on 30 January, 31 May and 30 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.
00:31
May 31, 2020
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