After a long day of planes and trains, we have finally settled in to Ealing Abbey. Fr. Andrew OSB has been a very gracious host, true to the Benedictine tradition of hospitality. The abbey church is a beautiful structure with high gothic arches and an enormous window of the coronation of Our Lady above the choir loft. We joined the monks for Vespers. Despite the cold and rainy night, about twenty folks from the neighborhood came to pray also. The chanting of the Benedictine office has always been very moving for me; truly the interplay between human voice and divine word pierces the heavens. It was a reminder that this trip is in God's hands. He is the author, guide, teacher, and sanctifier during our time here. As we prepare for the feast of the Epiphany, may we be aware of his revelations to us during this time, especially in our brothers and sisters we meet this week.
It's been difficult to find internet connections so far, but we have more posts in the pipe! Stay tuned.
|The front of St. Benedict's Abbey Church|
|Fr. Tom gives us the low down on the monastery and our plans for the day|
Posted by Marc Paveglio