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.
The Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Dioceses of Menevia and Wrexham welcomes the announcement by the First Minister that churches may be opened for private prayer.
To ensure the health and safety of those who come to pray, we are working on the risk assessment to prepare reopening of our Church. We will announce the date of reopening and the hours of opening each day.
Please note that the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains dispensed.
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Although we cannot be in church together we can be united in spirit and in prayer.
We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe & well and our hearts & our prayers go to all who are ill at this time.
We are looking forward to when we can pray together once more, until then we keep you all in our prayer.
Please join us from your home at 5.30pm each day as at the end of Vespers we pray Pope Francis's Prayer to Mary.
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)Download the Prayer in pdf
In union with all the prayers of the faithful over the world, we offer our prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament every day from 4.45pm to 5.45pm.
We pray especially for all those who are suffering due to the Coronavirus.
We pray for a speedy end to the Pandemic.
Lord, have mercy on us all.
A Prayer for everyone at this difficult time
by Dr. Sam Wells of St Martin-in-the-Fields
God of healing and of hope,
in Jesus you meet us
in our places of pain and fear.
Look with mercy on those
who have contracted the new virus,
on any who are vulnerable,
and on all who feel in danger.
Through this time of global concern,
by your Holy Spirit,
bring out that which is best in us,
not what is worst.
Make us more aware of
our interdependence on each other,
and of the strength
that comes from being one body in you.
Through Christ our wounded healer. Amen.
The community's main source of income comes from making & selling altar breads.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic all churches have since been closed to the public services resulting in loss of this vital income for our community.
We need your prayers & support.
Please go to our DONATE Web Page for details.
We will remember you in our prayers.
Thank you very much.
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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.
The definition of peace is that there should be harmony between two opposed faction.
And so, when the civil war in our nature has been brought to an end and we are at peace within ourselves,
we may become peace. Then we shall really be true to the name of Christ that we bear.
The treatise of St Gregory of Nyssa on Christian Perfection