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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
  • Vidimus stellam
    It is not unknown for Norbertines to have slightly unusual pious devotions. One of my own lesser devotions is to the Star of Bethlehem, that is commemorated this week at the end of the Twelve Days, when Christ manifested himself … Continue reading
  • 2016
    MMXVI 2016 1630 years since the conversion of Our Holy Father Augustine 1586 years since the death of Our Holy Father Augustine 936 years since the birth of Our Holy Father Norbert 923 years since the birth of Blessed Hugh … Continue reading
  • Premonstratensians and gingerbread
    As the holy feast approaches, some of the most beautiful passages from the old testament are uttered in the sanctuary during the Mass. Yesterday, we heard the famous sentences from the Song of Songs, where the Bride sings to her Bridegroom, … Continue reading
  • Rorate Mass
    I’m often asked, “What is your Order’s charism?” It stumps me a little, because we are much too old to have been founded with a particular charism in mind (much like the Rosary; the second question I’m asked is “why don’t … Continue reading

The main apostolate of our community is the care of two parishes in Chelmsford, Essex; Our Lady Immaculate and Holy Name. To view the web-pages of the parishes please go here.


You Are My Order...

“You are my Order. Just as bishops have their canons delegated to offer public prayer in their diocese, in the same way you are my canons, not just for one diocese, but for the universal Church.”

- Pope Pius XI

St. Norbert on the Priesthood

O Priest, who are you?
You are not yourself because you are God
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you? Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
"He saved others, himself he cannot save!"

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