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St. Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, England
Rule & Constitutions



The Canons Regular of Prémontré follow the
Rule of St. Augustine and as such are members of the wider Augustinian family of canons, friars and hermits.

At the beginning of communal life at Prémontré there was some debate as to the form and rule of life that was to be followed by the disciples of St. Norbert.
St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, appeared to Norbert and gave him his rule, saying: "I am Augustine, Bishop of Hippo; behold here the rule which I have written; if your fellow-brethren, my sons, shall have observed it well, they shall stand without fear in the presence of Christ on the terrible day of the last judgment".

In addition to the Rule, the Constitutions of the Order are also a guide of our life.

 

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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