At present, the covid-19 pandemic means that we cannot welcome you to join us for mass, office and private prayer at Worth Abbey. As part of our outreach at this time, we welcome you to pray the hours of the Divine Office and the Mass which will be audio live streamed from the Abbey Church. We hope that you will enjoy listening using the link below. We continue to pray for you each day, and ask that – of your kindness – you will pray for all of us.
For those of you following Matins on our live streaming. Thank you for joining your prayers to ours. The arrangement of psalms on Universalis for Matins, or Office of Readings, is different to the one which we use at Worth. (The Roman Breviary uses a four week cursus, but monks are supposed to be more energetic early in the morning, so we use a two week cursus : i.e. twice as many psalms !) You will also notice that the numbering of the psalms is slightly different. Universalis follows the numbering of the Vulgate, St Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible, which quickly became the “official” Bible of the Western Church, and this numbering is still common in liturgical use in the Catholic Church. But most recent translations of the Bible, e.g. the RNJB, use the numbering of the Hebrew Bible (which has always been used by Protestant translators.)
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special “Mass in the Time of Pandemic” to plead for God’s mercy and the gift of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
We invite you to pray this special mass with us at Worth Abbey, by audio stream, on Thursday at 5.30pm, when the intention of the mass will be for all NHS staff, especially those who have died in the present pandemic