Beautiful Churches

L’Abbaye St Benoit sur Loire

2015-12-01T19:57:10-04:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

Abbey Church St Benoit sur Loire  (click to enlarge picture) In the heart of France beside the River Loire stands the historic abbey of Fleury, also known as St Benoit sur Loire. I visited here for a few days during my 1987 hitch hiking pilgrimage from England to Jerusalem. The great Romanesque church houses [...]

Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight

2015-11-24T19:12:48-04:00November 24th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , , , |

Quarr Abbey If you came this way, Taking any route, starting from anywhere, At any time or at any season, It would always be the same: you would have to put off Sense and notion. You are not here to verify, Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity Or carry report. You are here to kneel [...]

The General Thanksgiving

2015-11-20T15:13:06-04:00November 20th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

English Country Church From the Book of Common Prayer: ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for [...]

Downside Abbey

2015-11-11T10:04:57-04:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Downside Abbey, England, UK Downside Abbey in Somerset in Western England is where I was an oblate for about seven years. The Benedictine Order is comprised of various "congregations". Each congregation has its own history and charism. Downside is a major abbey in the English Benedictine Congregation. As a member of the English Benedictine [...]

On the Ordering of Time and Place

2015-11-10T09:46:21-04:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Monks in Chapter Everything will be done at the proper time. -- Rule of St Benedict Idleness is the enemy of the soul, and so monks should be occupied at some times with manual labor, and at certain times with holy reading. -- Rule of St Benedict The monk renounces a life of agitation [...]

Strangely at One With the Stone and the Glass

2015-11-08T20:23:12-04:00November 8th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

PENTAX Image My first visit to a Benedictine monastery was while I was a student at Oxford. I travelled down on the train first to Reading and then to the little station of Woolhampton, and set out to hike the mile or so up the hill following the old sign that pointed, "To the [...]


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