Holy Cross Abbey Whitland
Holy Cross Abbey is set on the side of a hill overlooking a broad valley with the Preseli Hills as a backdrop beyond. It is a place of peace and great natural beauty and provides a perfect environment for a monastic life of prayer and praise: a place of rest and refreshment for those who visit us. We are about 5 hours from London, 2 hours from Cardiff, by road or rail, but a million miles away if you compare the bustle of capital city with the gentle landscape of Pembrokeshire in West Wales.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, a Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales says that we must not gather for public acts of worship in churches from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
*** There is no celebration of Mass ***
May God bless us all.
Although we can not be in church together we can be united in prayer.
Join us from your home at 5.30pm each day as at the end of Vespers we prayer Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic
Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
(Adapted from Vatican news)
O Holy Mother of God, pray for us, and assist us as we dedicate ourselves this day.
Your Yes at the Annunciation brought our Saviour Jesus into the world,
and you invite us to contemplate the great mystery of the Incarnation,
sharing your joy in announcing that “the Word was made flesh and lived among us.”
May our yes, this day, open our hearts to serve our sisters and brothers in this your Dowry,
that they too may share our joy in the Good News that God walks among us.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The concluding prayer of the Angelus Promise of the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary