“Visit for interest” – Benedictine hospitality means that “guests are never lacking in a monastery (Rule of St Benedict ch 53)”. Hospitality, which is including others in our life and liturgy, is a central characteristic of monastic life. From our secure basis in truth and tradition we are happy to welcome people and listen to the ideas of others.
Who may stay?
The monks of Ealing accept clerics, religious men and lay men as guests in the monastery, on the understanding that they will attend morning mass and evening vespers with the monks. In addition, we welcome all sorts of people to stay in the house for guests. This is part of the monastery property where single women and families may come and make a retreat, quiet day or enjoy holiday accommodation. Residential and non residential guests are welcome at the sung liturgy of the hours in the Abbey Church.
There are other important things that our guests should know about us when they stay. We cherish our silence and enclosure (separation from the outside world) and value your quiet presence with us. It is better to relate principally with the guest master.
Chapter 53: On the Reception of Guests
Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
for He is going to say,
“I came as a guest, and you received Me” (Matt. 25:35).
dandrew AT ealingabbey.org DOT uk
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