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The ADVENT/CHRISTMAS CHRONICLE for 2017 can be found here


Sister Anne  Eason made her Solemn Profession of vows at St. Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde on 9th February 2019.  Sister Anne was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and educated there by the Cabra Dominicans. After completing degrees at Rhodes University in English and Biblical Studies with classical Hebrew, she entered the Community of St Mary the Virgin in its Southern African Province, and began a degree in Philosophy of Religion at the University of South Africa as part of Novitiate study, but she was sent to complete her novitiate at the mother house in England and did not return to live in South Africa. When the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary as they were now called were established at Kingstanding, Birmingham, Sister Anne transferred to St Cecilia’s Abbey with the blessing of Mother Winsome and the Sisters. She entered the novitiate in 2013. Sr Anne runs the Abbey printery, is a chantress and assists in various monastery departments.    


The feast of the Sacred Heart, 8th June, was a day of double joy for the Community: it was our special feastday and the Solemn Profession of Sr Mechtilde.  We are generally known as St Cecilia’s Abbey, because our church is dedicated to St Cecilia, but our Community’s actual name is Pax Cordis Iesu (Peace of the Heart of Jesus) and so the Sacred Heart is our patronal feast.  This made it a wonderful day for a Solemn Profession.  Family and friends came from near and far. 

The Profession Mass, which lasted about two and a half hours, was concelebrated by Bishop Philip Egan and XX other priests, underlining the ecclesial nature of the act of profession.  Abbot Cuthbert Brogan preached an excellent homily on the spirituality of Saints Gertrude and Mechtilde, whose writing are rich in references to the Sacred Heart.  The profession ceremony itself combined the prescriptions laid down by St Benedict in his Rule and the ancient rite of Consecration of Virgins: Sr Mechtilde pronounced her vows, sang the three-fold Suscipe (“Uphold me, Lord, according to your word, and I shall live...”) and received the monastic cowl; she then lay prostrate while all sang the Litany of Saints and the Bishop said the ancient prayer of consecration; after this she received the black veil and gold ring of profession, and finally the book of the Divine Office, to show that she is now dedicated to singing the Lord’s praises and interceding for the Church and the world day and night.  Following the Mass there was a joyful gathering in the parlour.



   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

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.

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

VISIT OUR CLOISTER WINDOW PRINTERY PAGE on the dropdown menu under the Visiting Abbey tab



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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