Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Mass Times at Christmas

At Cheddar

Mass on Christmas day at 9.00am

At Wells

Mass on Christmas Eve at 6.00pm
Midnight Mass (carols at 11.30pm, Mass at Midnight)
Mass on Christmas Day at 11.00am
Mass on Christmas Day at 12.30pm (Latin)

At Shepton Mallet

Mass on Christmas Eve (carols at 6.00pm, Mass at 6.30pm)
Mass on Christmas Day at 9.00am

At Glastonbury

Midnight Mass (carols at 11.30pm, Mass at Midnight)
Mass on Christmas Day at 11.00am
Mass on Christmas Day at 12.30pm (Latin)

Served by the Community of Our Lady of Glastonbury
Diocesan Benedictines


Monday, 9 December 2019

An Extraordinary Mass

Saturday 7th December saw the celebration of a very particular Mass in the Shrine. It was in honour of the Benedictine Abbots Richard Whiting, Hugh Faringdon, and John Beche, together with the four other Benedictine Martyrs, including two from our own monastery at Glastonbury, Richard James, and John Thorne. 

You can see pictures and a longer account of this Holy Mass on the community website here.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Come to Mass tomorrow/today


Isle of Wight

Quarr Abbey
The Community of Our Lady of Glastonbury paid a visit to the Isle of Wight.

Needless to say, the highlights were going to Quarr Abbey, and St Cecilia's in Ryde. What fantastic places. I hope and pray that they flourish as they sing the praises of God.

The extraordinary thing about Quarr is that it was designed by a monk, for monks. So it is not only beautiful, but is exactly what a Benedictine community needs.

St Cecelia's on the other hand, though a fine building etc etc. is made and founded on the voices of the holy nuns. If you want to have a hint of what heaven is going to sound like, then go to Ryde. It is not just music, anyone can sing just music - it is the voices of heaven and earth intertwined.

St Cecilia's, Ryde

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Missa Cantata for Blessed Richard Whiting

Blessed Richard Whiting
Stained Grass Window in the Sacred Heart in Minehead
On 19th September 1539, Richard Layton, Thomas Moyle, and Richard Pollard arrived at the abbey without warning. They were not convinced about Whiting's answers and he was sent to the Tower of London. They discovered a book condemning Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon. They also discovered evidence that Whiting hid a number of precious objects from Cromwell's agents.

The commissioners wrote to Thomas Cromwell claiming that they had now come to the knowledge of "divers (many) and sundry treasons committed by the Abbot of Glastonbury". Whiting was sent back to Somerset in the care of Richard Pollard and reached Wells on 14 November. "Here some sort of trial apparently took place, and next day, Saturday, 15th November, he was taken to Glastonbury with two of his monks, Dom John Thorne and Dom Roger James, where all three were fastened upon hurdles and dragged by horses to the top of Toe Hill which overlooks the town. Here they were hanged, drawn and quartered, Abbot Whiting's head being fastened over the gate of the now deserted abbey and his limbs exposed at Wells, Bath, Ilchester and Bridgewater."

Come to the Mass in his honour and to beg for his prayers on Saturday December 7th at 11.00am in the Shrine of Our Lady, sung by the Community of Our Lady of Glastonbury.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Missa Cantata

This Mass is specifically Benedictine and should be celebrated on December 1st. It was moved some time later to the middle of November, with common chants, but as is fitting for the Community of Our Lady of Glastonbury, we have restored the feast.

It cannot be on December 1st this year, so it will be celebrated as a Votive Missa Cantata on

Saturday December 7th

Come along!

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