Pluscarden Abbey

We are a community of Catholic Benedictine monks living in the only medieval British monastery still being used for its original purpose.

Situated in north-east Scotland, six miles south-west of Elgin in Moray, the monastery enjoys the peace and stillness of a secluded glen, but is easily reached by road from the town. 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.

If you visit the Abbey today, you can enjoy not only the beauty of its architecture and its setting but also something of the restful atmosphere of devotion that has so deeply permeated this little corner of Scotland. The Mass and full Divine Office are sung by the monks each day in the Abbey church, using Gregorian Chant.

Guests are received in the two guest houses: men and women of all faiths are welcome to make a retreat here and to share in the prayer and work of the community, or simply rest and renew their focus on what is most important.

Short film In search of God gives an insight into monastic life at Pluscarden Abbey.

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Vestment making re-launched at Pluscarden

Among his many other tasks in the monastery, Pluscarden's Junior Br. Patrick has been studying the art of sewing. Already he has made or repaired many habits, scapulars, work smocks, cowls and cloaks for the brethren. More recently he has been working to enhance his sewing skills, so that he can repair or make liturgical vestments.

Homily for Sunday 22 C, 28 August 2022 – by DJC – Luke 14: 1, 7-14

St Luke tells us of three occasions when Jesus was invited to dine at the house of a Pharisee. In the first Simon the Pharisee’s reception of Jesus is so lacking in generosity and warmth that he does not even give Jesus water to wash his feet, greet him with a kiss or anoint him with oil - in contrast to the “gate crasher”, that St Therese of Lisieux loved so much, the sinful woman who showers Jesus’ feet with tears and kisses. She loves much because she has been forgiven much.

Homily for the 8 o’clock Mass, Feast of the Assumption, 14 August 2022 Apocalypse 12:1

Who is she? Who is this woman? What is this great sign in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, standing on the moon, with a crown of twelve stars on her head (Apoc 12:1)? She is beautiful, and she is also terrible. In the words of the Song of Songs: Who is she, arising like the dawn, fair as the moon, resplendent as the sun, terrible as an army in battle array (6:10)?

Pluscarden Benedictines No. 198 - Pentecost 2022

The quarterly magazine which generally includes a letter from Fr Abbot, a diary of recent activity at the Abbey, book reviews and articles by monks, oblates or visitors.

Homily for Sunday 19C, 7 August 2022: Luke 12:32-48

Do not be afraid, little flock: for it has pleased the Father to give you the Kingdom (Lk 12:32) Our Lord’s exhortation not to be afraid is very familiar to us. But I think we can’t hear it too frequently. We need to ponder these words, trust them, cling on to them, affirm them: strive to act and think and speak in accordance with them.

Homily given by Fr. Abbot Anselm at the funeral Mass of Br. Gabriel, 29 July 2022

In a funeral Mass for Br. Gabriel, it is important to recall the facts of his life: That he was a Lancashire man. That he was born into a loving family, which accompanied him all his life and still does, in the persons of his brother Nigel and his nephew James. That his first job after school was as labourer in a Liverpool engineering works.

Dom Gabriel Potter RIP

Our Br. Gabriel died in Dr. Gray's Hospital early on the morning of Thursday 21 July 2022.

Gregorian Chant and Contemporary Piano

Pluscarden monks have recently collaborated in a most unusual project. It involved the singing of Gregorian Chant, to the accompaniment of free piano improvisation. Over two intense days, on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July, some twenty or so Chant pieces were sung and recorded in this way.

Homily for the 8 o’clock Mass, Sunday 14C, 2 July 2022: Galatians 6:14-18

In today’s second reading, we heard part of the hand-written post-script, in which St. Paul rounds off and sums up his fiery letter to the Galatians. God forbid, he cries here, that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!

40th Anniversary

The 29th of June this year, the Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul, marked the 40th anniversary of Priestly Ordination of our Bishop Hugh and our Abbot Anselm.

Diocesan Pilgrimage Sunday 26 June 2022

Sunday 26 June saw a happy resumption, after a three year break, of the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Pluscarden. Perhaps because of this gap imposed by covid restrictions, or maybe in spite of it? the pilgrims came in great numbers. It was lovely to see so many, including lots of children and young people, and good representation from our Polish, Indian and Nigerian Catholic communities. The weather remained kind, so plenty of people were able to picnic in our grounds before the Mass, with the opportunity also for confession, or for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Lady Chapel.

Homily for Sunday 13C, 26 June 2022, Luke 9:51-62

But Jesus turned and rebuked them (9:55) We’re in the 9th Chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel. The beginning of this Chapter has Jesus investing the Twelve with power and authority, and sending them out to preach and to heal. In a very similar way, at the beginning of the next Chapter, Jesus will extend this delegation to Seventy Two others.

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