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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Benedictine Fellowship of St Laurence

I have just learnt of the existence of this effort. It seems a wonderful development and I pray that God may bless their work and bring it to fruition for the salvation of souls. There is more detail about the plans for a retreat house in the pdf newsletter, The Chalice, linked from the above site. It is very encouraging indeed. It would be lovely to see a monastic community be established there at some point in the future.

I also think that the setting aside of burial space is a very wise move indeed. I don't know what the situation is in the US but it is not good in England. There is no Orthodox cemetery that I know of that is under the care of anybody in communion with the Church. There was Brookwood but things are sadly as they now are and we must accept that. However, the result is that the faithful are laid to rest in blessed graves in otherwise unconsecrated ground, facing east if they happen to get a plot that allows for this. It really is quite unacceptable. We need a cemetery, consecrated to the purpose for the burial of the physical remains of those who have died, looking for the Dayspring and awaiting the Resurrection to eternal life in our Lord, the Christ.

I hope that things go well for this venture and may God bless those behind it.

10 comments:

Ian said...

A blessed Nativity to you!

Christ is Born!

Elizabeth said...

A joyous and blessed Nativity Feast, Michael !

Michael Astley said...

Thank you, both! :-)

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Judith said...

Yo, Michael!

Where've you been? I miss you!

Ian said...

As do I. Come back. :)

As we enter Great Lent, I ask you forgiveness for any offence I have caused you.

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Ian said...

Christ is Risen!

I pray you've had a blessed Pascha, and my warmest wishes and prayers for a blessed Paschal season.

Judith said...

Michael, where are you? Are you OK? It's the end of June now.

Benedictus said...

O Brother, where art thou!!!

Hope all is well.