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   We have made this CD for the many people who have asked us for a recording to help them pray Compline in groups or at home.


As the day draws to a close we pray the Office of Compline, which has the quiet, intimate character of bedtime prayer.  We give thanks for the day, confess our need of God’s care and affirm our trust in and reliance upon Him.  According to ancient monastic custom, the great silence begins after Compline and lasts until the following morning.  At the end of Compline we entrust ourselves to the maternal protection of the Mother of God.  This booklet includes a commentary on each track and contains a special meditation on Praying the Psalms of Compline.   

Price £7 each

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Our visitors might be interested in seeing a short video presentation about our life, available on GloriaTV (make sure you type in "St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde") or click

Abbey apple launched by Frank P Matthews, the UK's largest producer of British grown fruit and ornamental trees. 

"It's a mystery.. . Not too long ago, one little tree- with no name and of unknown origin was gifted to Saint Cecilia's Abbey in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Benedictine nuns took in this little orphan without hesitation and planted it in their beautiful and peaceful walled gardens overlooking Solent, where it grew undisturbed in fertile soil. In this quiet and safe haven the tree flourished and soon produced the most stunning spring blossom, followed be a bumper harvest of exceptional apples in late autumn."

(From Frank P Matthews, Trees for Life Catalogue)

All Garden Centres and some good mail order companies that stock ‘Frank P Matthews Trees for life’ branded trees will be offering this variety and also for those who are local that are unable to find a stockist it is possible to contact The Tree Shop at Frank P Matthews for direct mail order supply.

Tel 01584 812800.

Charitable donations from the sale of every Little Pax tree will be made to St Cecilia's Abbey. 

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which currently appears on the Work page, or click here

Enlarging the Heart. This is a presentation of Daily Readings with commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict. The Novice Mistress will be covering the whole Rule in three-monthly cycles. This commentary is similar to the teaching which is given to the novices every day, but the wisdom of the Rule is a gift for everyone. We began this with the Prologue on 2nd May 2013.

You will find the RB Commentary page on the drop down menu under Community Life. Or click here to go straight to the page.

VISIT OUR NEW PHOTO GALLERY PAGE which you will find in the drop down menu under Inside the Abbey on the Homepage