This year’s festival focusses on the Benedictine Rule which shaped the life of the nuns for 500 years and how it still speaks to us today. Art, Music, Words, Prayers and Silence all go to make up a reflective and inspiring few days.
We look forward to seeing you over the weekend!
12th Oct – 7Th Nov INCARNATION: MARY, AND WOMEN FROM THE BIBLE
A Unique Art Exhibition by Chris Gollon
This powerful exhibition explores the experiences of women in the Bible and is a collection of recent paintings depicting women from both the Old and New Testaments. This will be the very first chance to see a brand new diptych of St Ethelflaeda, painted by Gollon specifically for Romsey Abbey. Gollon’s diptych looks at the episode recounted of her candle blowing out and St Ethelflaeda then reading the Bible by the light emanating from her hand.
9.00pm-9.30pm COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT
Sung by the Southampton University Chamber Choir. A quiet, simple and reflective service, echoing the pattern of prayer of the nuns here in the Abbey. Music to include I have done what is mine to do – Cecila McDowall and Ave Maris Stella—George Arthur
All day A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE ABBEY
Pupils from Romsey Abbey Primary School spend the day (and night!) entering into the life of the Abbey and all its connections to their learning. This will include learning and performing as part of…
9.00pm-9.30pm COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT— Sung by the Girls & Choir men
A quiet, simple and reflective service, echoing the pattern of prayer of the nuns here in the Abbey. Music to include You are the Lily – George Arthur, words by Hildegard of Bingen and Evening Prayers – Moore
9.00pm-9.30pmCOMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT
Sung by the Boys and Choirmen. Another opportunity to share in this Benedictine Office. The service will include O orzchis Ecclesia – Hildegarde of Bingen and Miserere Mei – Byrd
10-12.30pm ETHELFLAEDA SCHOOLS MORNING
Run by Trench 1. Story telling, activities, educational tours, and plenty more for primary school children in Romsey.
7.30pm The 8th ETHELFLAEDA LECTURE – ESTHER DE WAAL
In the 12th Century, Cistercian women adopted the Benedictine Rule which transformed their life as an order and also as a community of Christians.
In this lecture, Esther de Waal will seek to connect history, spirituality and how the Benedictine life can inform our own lives today. Esther de Waal is one of the country’s’ most celebrated spiritual writers on the Benedictine life and women and monasticism. Seeking God, her classic book on the relevance of the Rule of Saint Benedict, has opened up the riches of the monastic tradition to readers throughout the world for almost twenty-five years.
Supported by the Montgomery Trust.
10am FESTIVAL EUCHARIST Preacher: Abbot Giles Hill Abbot of Alton Abbey
This service will feature Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis and a new psalm setting for the day and It was on that train—with words by St Teresa of Calcutta.
6.30pm CHORAL EVENSONG & PROCESSION Choir of Ascot Parish Church Preacher: Mrs Averil Bamber
The service will include the “Legends of Ethelflaeda” culminating in a procession and prayers in the chapel dedicated to her. Wine and juice will be served after the service