Friday, September 25, 2009

Friends of Abbey of Lagrasse Announce Visit of Abbot of Lagrasse to London, England

The Friends of the Canonical Abbey of Lagrasse - Visit of the Abbot of Lagrasse to London (10/11 October, 2009)

The Abbot of Lagrasse, the Rt Revd Emmanuel-Marie de St Jean, and the Sub-prior, Père Augustin-Marie de la Trinité, are marking the foundation of the Friends of the Canonical Abbey of Lagrasse with a visit to London next month. By kind invitation of the organisers, the Abbot will lead the Rosary Crusade of Reparation through the streets of London from Westminster Cathedral to the London Oratory on Saturday, 10th October. He will also celebrate masses in the Extraordinary Form in Westminster Cathedral and the London Oratory.

The main events, to which all are most welcome, are:

Saturday 10th October
- 11h45 Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, Crypt Chapel, Westminster Cathedral (entrance from Ambroseden Avenue), by kind permission of the Adminstrator.

- 13h45 Rosary Crusade of Reparation begins from Westminster Cathedral. Procession through the streets of London to the London Oratory in Brompton Road, where the Abbot will give Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Sunday 11th October
- 09h00 Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, London Oratory (by kind invitation of the Oratory Fathers). After mass the Abbot and Père Augustin hope to meet members of the congregation.

The fledgling charity has been set up to support the work of the Canons Regular of the Mother of God especially, at the present time, in rebuilding and restoring the gothic Abbey Church and the very dilapidated conventual buildings, which they have occupied since 2004. For the 34 members of this young and vigorous community, who have the exclusive use of the older form of the Roman rite, there is much work to do!

The Friends are in the process of developing their own web-site and have promised to let us know when it is ready. Links to the Abbey's own websites, and of the association in France which supports the restoration, are here:

Image: The Abbot of Lagrasse celebrates a Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior at the 2008 Merton College training conference

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