Monastic Life @ Pluscarden Abbey (Benedictine)
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(SOME audio parts are out of sync with some of video,sorry)-Benedictine monastery dating from 1230.AD located in northern Scotland. http://www.pluscardenabbey.org/becoming-a-monk.asp Pluscarden Abbey is the home of a community of Roman Catholic Benedictine monks. It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and still being used for its original purpose. The atmosphere of quiet reflection and of work dedicated to the glory of God is the same now as it was in the thirteenth century, when a community of monks first came to this part of Moray. The Mass and full Divine Office are sung by the monks each day in the Abbey church, using Gregorian Chant. Thus the monks of Pluscarden conceive their primary service to lie in prayer, regular observance and their life in common. Unlike most U.K.,monasteries, Pluscarden has chosen to keep Latin in the Mass and the full Benedictine Divine Office. vision of the monastic life: "Therefore we intend to establish a school for the Lord's service; in founding it we hope to set down nothing that is harsh or burdensome. The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love. Do not be at once dismayed by fear and run away from the way of salvation, of which the entrance must needs be narrow. But as we progress in our monastic life and in faith, our hearts shall be enlarged and we shall run with inexpressible sweetness of love in the way of God's commandments; so that, never abandoning his instructions but persevering in his teaching in the monastery until death, we shall share by patience in the sufferings of Christ that we may deserve also to share in his kingdom. Amen." http://wikimapia.org/#lat=57.6004504&lon=-3.4373098&z=18&l=0&m=b - Pluscarden Abbey Elgin, Moray IV 30 8UA.
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