“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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REPORT ON OXFORD RECOLLECTION

Vespers in St Benet's Hall chapel
Ten members of the Order, of whom five are professed knights, together with 10 Companions and friends met in Oxford for the latest Recollection on Saturday last, 25th February. Lauds and Vespers of the Little Office of Our Lady were both sung in the Chapel of St Benet's Hall by kind permission of the Master, Fr Felix Stephens OSB. Mass for the Feast of St Matthias was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Oxford Oratory with music sung by a schola of Knights. It was a pleasure as ever to welcome visitors from other Associations of the Order.

Father Joseph Welch of The Oxford Oratory gave two most inspiring and informative recollections on Psalm 118. This Psalm is a description of a soul's resistance to temptation and the importance of constantly seeking God's grace. Many members of the Order will be familiar with the Psalm through the recitation of the Breviary. The day included Benediction and Holy Hour at the Oratory, served by two Companions whom it is hoped will soon be joining the Order. A suitably Lenten lunch was preceded by a reading from the Rule of Blessed Raymond du Puy and a commentary on it, taken form the studies on the Rule which have recently been undertaken by members of the Grand Priory and chaplains in Oxford.

The day finished with Sung Vespers in the Chapel of St Benet’s Hall, followed by tea.
Our confrere Fra' John Eidinow, who is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall, as cantor at Vespers.

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