Divine Mercy Sunday

Year B readings:1st reading: Acts: 4:32-352nd reading: 1 John 5:1-6Gospel: John 20:19-31 The disciples are gathered together in a room behind shut doors. They fear the Jews and what might happen to them being followers of Jesus. Our Lord appears among them. There are similarities between this Gospel text and the description of St Luke […]

Easter Day 2021

You have in English a lovely phrase about the dropping of a penny. The first time I heard it, I did not immediately get it, but after a while (a short while: I am less stupid than I look!), “the penny finally dropped”. Let me suggest it’s exactly what happened to Peter and John on […]

Paschal Vigil 2021

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Let us celebrate in this sacred night Sister Light. From the very beginning of our liturgy, she has been given the place of honour in this church. We salute her presence in the Paschal Candle, which was blessed to proclaim Christ’s Resurrection for fifty […]

Good Friday 2021

Ecce Homo. Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them: “Behold the man”. Ecce homo. Do you want to know who you are -who we are-? Look at this man; behold this man. I agree. There is a great temptation to recoil, to turn aside and to […]

Maundy Thursday 2021

This evening, we are opening the celebrations of the Paschal Triduum: the three sacred days when the Church celebrates how Jesus went through His Passion and death in order to enter the glory of the Resurrection. And this year we are again together. In this not yet quite ‘post-Covid’ world, we do not take things […]

Abbot Xavier Palm Sunday 2021

Palm Sunday 2021B – Mark One year ago yesterday, during a moving ceremony in Rome, Pope Francis blessed the world wounded by the pandemic. Many of us have seen images of our Holy Father walking alone towards the altar on St Peter’s place, raising the monstrance with the Eucharistic Host and making a great sign […]

Abbot Xavier Annunciation 2021

Annunciation 2021 In most polyphonic settings of the Creed, one can observe a change of mood and rhythm when the choir comes to the words: Et incarnatus est… Crucifixus etiam… “by the holy Spirit, he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man… For our sake he was crucified…” The melody usually slows down; […]

Homily for St Joseph’s Day

Homily on the Feast of St Joseph19th March 2021 by Dom Prior Gregory Corcoran Nathan’s prophecy to David is a very wonderful one, fulfilled in Our Lord, the great offspring of David’s house, who is also the prophet like Moses foretold in Deuteronomy and the eternal priest of the psalm, first glimpsed in Genesis in […]

Homily for St Patrick’s Day 2021

Homily for St Patrick’s Day 2021 by Dom Brian Gerard Kelly OSB Growing up in Ireland, memories of St Patrick’s’ Day are always ones of great joy and excitement. We were very aware that it was first and foremost a religious celebration, a Holy Day of Obligation. Even when the day falls on a Sunday, […]

Dom Brian Gerard Kelly 3rd Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent – Year A Readings 1 st reading: Ex 17:3-72 nd reading: Rom 5: 1-2; 5-8Gospel: John 4: 5-42 Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Galilee from Judea, needing to pass through the land of the Samaritans. The Jews and the Samaritans were enemies of one another, but the […]