The Promise is Fulfilled

‘The promise is fulfilled: all is made new.’ With those words we greet the Solemnity of Pentecost, birthday of the Church and the greatest feast of the Church year. Probably a few readers are thinking to themselves, ‘Surely Easter is the greatest feast?’ But please note where I put the emphasis, on the Church year. Pentecost marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the whole Church, our commission to mission, so to say. It is a feast that combines transcendence and immanence, grandeur and lowliness, in a most remarkable way. The promise made to our ancestors is fulfilled: we live now the newness of life that Christ our Lord has made possible. The Church is a sign of his presence and action in the world: it is our vocation to be what he is.

For us here at Hendred the promise is fulfilled in another, more material way. Yesterday we collected the keys to our new monastery in Herefordshire and this week we shall be moving in. We shall be offline for a while, at least until BT fits a new telephone line, but prayer never ceases; and very soon Howton Grove Priory will resound to the praises of God as we sing the Lord’s song in a new land. To Him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Bro Duncan inspects his new kennel: Howton Grove Priory
Bro Duncan inspects his new kennel: Howton Grove Priory

12 thoughts on “The Promise is Fulfilled”

  1. Alleluia indeed. The Holy Spirit flows on and into all of our lives. Precious in the sight of God. Jesus’ mission is fulfilled and the new covenant is delivered as promised.

    In some small ways, your community is moving to a new covenant with the people of Herefordshire and the wider world via the internet. I marvel at the reach you have, worldwide and how an monastic order can be so part of the world as we follow you day to day.

  2. Our Lord, his passion ended,
    has gloriously ascended,
    yet though from him divided,
    he leaves us not unguided;
    all his benefits to crown
    he has sent his Spirit down,
    burning like a flame of fire,
    his disciples to inspire.


  3. May the move be smooth and easy, and your new home exceed all expectations. We’ll be waiting for tales of the adventure on your return.

  4. I feel really excited for you, Sisters. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers as you move in – ‘flitting’ (as we call it in Scotland) is stressful!

  5. How wonderful!

    ‘May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
    and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
    and give you peace.’

    You will be surrounded and supported by much love and prayer this week, including Bro, God’s little reflection.

    Thanks be to God.

  6. Please know that my prayers are with you this week on your move to new pastures green.
    What a great photo of Brother Duncan. He looks bemused and reminds me why all of us have to learn at some point what it means to take nothing for the journey.
    Solvitur ambulando !

  7. I am so very pleased for you that you are finally moving to your new home. Bro Duncan looks like he approves. All the best for the move, which I hope goes smoothly, and I pray you will have abundant energy to tackle the unpacking!
    Regards maryclare πŸ™‚

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