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Douai Abbey: The Monastery of St Edmund, King & Martyr
Published in News · 24 January 2021
» The monastery has received its first snow of the year this morning, a little later than most.

» Last Monday Fr Abbot and Fr Oliver began the canonical visitation of Worth Abbey. Again, due to Covid, this visitation was conducted remotely via video.

» The community has started discussion of the introduction to the Elliott Report on safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

» At the inauguration of Mr Biden as the new US president it was noted that he swore the oath on a copy of the Douay (ie Douai) Bible. It was produced in Douai, the monastery's previous home, which had a large English Catholic presence after the onset of the Reformation. J.F. Kennedy also swore on the Douay version of the Bible at his inauguration. At that time, it was the most popular version in English for English-speaking countries. Until recently, one could buy chocolate cakes in the Douai bakers’ shops in the shape of the Bible, reflecting the town's pride at its role in the English Catholic Bible's publication.

- All services are in the abbey church -
0620 - Matins & Lauds (English)
0745 - Weekday Conventual Mass
(1100 - Sunday Conventual Mass)
1250 - Midday Office (English)
1800 - Vespers (Latin Gregorian Chanrt)
2000 - Compline (English, Weds in Latin)
-No public Compline on Sundays/Holy Days-
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire
RG7 5TQ, United Kingdom

Visitor Enquiries: 0118 9715 399

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