Romsey Abbey is dedicated to both St Mary & St Ethelflaeda. Our annual Ethelflaeda Festival aims to combine art, music, words, and prayer into a reflective and inspiring few days. The 2019 festival takes place from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th October 2019.  Please put the dates in your diary and we hope that you will be able to join us.

If you are interested in either being involved or have suggestions for future festivals please get in touch with parishoffice@romseyabbey.org.uk

The outline for the 2019 programme is as follows:

  • Wednesday 16th October 2019

 8 pm Compline

  • Thursday 17th October 2019

i) Choral Evensong (time tbc)
ii) 7.30pm – Event (Abbey United Reformed Church) – more details to be announced soon!

  • Friday 18th October 2019

7.30pm – Ethelflaeda Lecture – Tina Beattie
Jesus’ Grandma – Saint Anne in Medieval Art and Devotion

Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton and Director of Catherine of Siena College, Tina Beattie has developed a keen interest in the visual representation of theological ideas. The apocryphal figure of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin, is unfamiliar to many today but she was a saint of great significance in late medieval Catholicism. Tina shows how representations of Saint Anne provide the key to understanding much about the incarnational significance of female embodiment and maternal relationships for medieval devotion to the humanity of Christ.

In addition to her academic work, Tina is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and she writes for numerous magazines and journals, including The Tablet and The Guardian. Her academic publications include Theology After Postmodernity (OUP, 2013) and New Catholic Feminism (Routledge, 2006) as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her novel The Good Priest was published by Troubador in 2019.

Photo of Tina Beattie by Simon Lewis.

There is no charge for this lecture but booking is required. All unreserved seating. Retiring collection for Abbey funds. Book online at ticketsource.co.uk/romseyabbey or contact Romsey Visitor Information Centre, 13 Church Street, Romsey. Tel: 01794 512987. Tickets available from 27th August. With grateful thanks to The Friends of Romsey Abbey for their support of this event.

  • Saturday 19th October 2019

Ethelflaeda Concert – More details to be announced soon!

  • Sunday 20th October 2019

    i) 10 am Festival Eucharist with Guest Preacher
    ii) 6.30pm Festival Evensong with Guest Preacher

Please check back for more details about the programme as they are released

All events and services are at Romsey Abbey unless specified otherwise.