April 2020

Thursday 2nd – We would like to express our deepest thanks to our greengrocer Ken from Pershore, who is going out of his way to keep us supplied at this time. As well as bringing us our order, he volunteered to deliver our bread flour from the baker and source our milk!

Those of you looking for monastic wisdom on dealing with the problems faced by isolation and loneliness are invited to visit Christopher Jamieson’s website at www.alonetogether.org.uk, which has some useful resources. We are also inviting people to join with us in holding a Quiet Day tomorrow. Material for this is online now.

Meanwhile, Sr Jessica has been writing a Kitchen Garden blog for “children of all ages”, which you can access here.

Saturday 4th, Feast of Martin Luther King – It has been very encouraging to hear from people all over the world, friends and strangers, who joined us yesterday in holding a Quiet Day. The webpage had over 700 hits this morning. We didn’t think we would be able to follow it up with anything else this side of Easter, but thanks to the initiative of our friend Paul Edmondson we uploaded a seven-part audio recording of the Gospel of John this afternoon, which we are inviting people to listen to as we journey towards Easter.

Today, when we would normally have been welcoming guests staying with us for Holy Week, we went through a rehearsal of the Easter Vigil service. As it only comes round once a year, and it’s probably the most complex set of rubrics we ever have to grapple with, this can be quite a fraught experience, But I’m pleased to relate we emerged this afternoon as paragons of apatheia. Well, more or less.

Apart from a reduced dramatis personae, the other change this year is that the fire will return to its traditional container: Mother Joseph’s biscuit tin. In 2019 we experimented with a rusty, chassis-less wheelbarrow. It certainly produced an impressive blaze, but unfortunately the Eucharistic president couldn’t get their candle anywhere near it.

We are painfully aware that Religious houses are among the few places where a liturgical celebration of Easter can still take place, and we wish we had the capacity to live-stream it. However we are hoping to make a recording of Lydia singing the Exultet, which – if the rehearsal is anything to go by – should be awesome.

Finally, as this is the Feast of Martin Luther King: