Mass for the Feast of St Benedict

Join us for a special service to celebrate the life of St Benedict and his impact on monasticism and the wider Christian Church.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Come to Fountains Abbey on 11th July between 12:00pm and 12:45pm to mark St Benedict's life and legacy.

The service will be led by Father Elliott Wright of St Robert's Church, Harrogate. He will be joined by the choir and band from St John Fisher Catholic High School, where he is also the chaplain. There will be a retiring collection which is split between Fountains Abbey and the Fountains Abbey Chaplaincy: this year, the Chaplaincy are raising money to help homeless people in Harrogate.

If you are attending the service, you will be able to enter for free but please arrive early to take advantage of this as once the service starts, normal admission charges will resume.

11th July is the saints' or 'feast' day for St Benedict. The Cistercian monks who used to worship and work at Fountains Abbey lived according to St Benedict's rule, which he devised in 516 AD. He is therefore of particular importance to the specific history of Fountains Abbey as well as being a crucial figure in Christian monasticism more generally. Many monks today still live by his rule.

The basics

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meeting point
Enter through any of our admissions points and make your way down to the abbey by 12:00pm. The service will be held within the ruins themselves, in the Cellarium.
What to bring and wear
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is an outside site. Sturdy shoes are recommended for walking on uneven ground and warm clothing may well be advisable.
Flat level access to the abbey is available for those who need it via our West Gate admissions point - open from 11:00am. We also have manual wheelchairs and mobility scooters available for visitors to use from here free of charge. These are loaned out on a first come, first served basis so reserve yours on 01765 608888. Large print orders of service will be available.

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

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