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Monday, 8 October 2012

Community Spotlight: Tyburn Convent, London (with International Provinces)








I thought I would just mention that the reason this Community Spotlight seems rather long and contains exact prayer times etc is because I have been in touch with the community for a few years and keep very regular contact with them. I know them fairly well, and so, have more information on them. You are always welcome to comment on our posts to add information and suggest anything we may change etc. - Kim

Order: Benedictine
Gender: Women

Charism: Contemplative/Monastic

Eligibility: The Tyburn Nuns consider vocations of all ages. If God calls, who are we to say He is wrong?

Formation: Contact the order/Mother Prioress, living in (several weeks), postulancy (6-12 months), noviciate stage (1-2 years), first profession of vows to be a 'junior' (3 years), second, or Monastic profession. Whole process: about 5-9 years

Vows: Obedience (to the order's rules), stability (to the congregation), conversion of life (including chastity and poverty

Practices: 
Perpetual Adoration - the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They also have a rule of silence...so they can "live in the presence of God"...

Prayer Times are as follows:

5.15 am Nocturns
6.50 am Angelus
7.00 am Lauds
7.30 am Holy Mass
After Mass Morning Mixte (Breakfast)
9.10 am Terce
9.30 – 10 am Choir Practice or Community Lessons
12.10 pm Sext
After Sext Angelus
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Recollection Hour
2.45 Afternoon Mixte
3.10 pm None
3.30 pm – 4.20 pm Recreation
4.30 pm Vespers
6.20 pm Angelus
6.30 pm Supper
8.00 pm Compline

Each Sister is marked for 2 x ½ adoration before the Blessed Sacrament everyday and for 1 hour Night Adoration, 2-3 times a week. We work in different employments such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening etc., study or rest at other times of the day when we are not singing the Divine Office or at adoration before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Foundress: Marie Adele Garnier (Mother Mary of St. Peter) - moved her congregation from France to the current site of Tyburn in London.

History:
Tyburn's first recorded execution took place in 1196, when William FitzOsbert, or William with the Beard, was hanged for sedition. Ralph of Diceto tells us that William "his hands tied behind him, his feet tied with long cords, was drawn by means of a horse through the midst of the city to the gallows near the Tyburn. He was hanged."

The Elms near Tybourne were called "the King's Gallows". Thus Tyburn from the beginning was clearly the King's gallows for London and Middlesex criminals. That it was placed outside the boundary of the city indicates the administration of the criminal law by the King's courts instead of by the local or manorial courts.
The manner of excecution at Tyburn seen in William FitzOsbert's excecution was to become the norm later.
That is, the condemned criminal, after being drawn to Tyburn on a hurdle or rough sledge by a horse, at Tyburn was first hanged on the gallows, then drawn or disembowelled, and finally quartered, his quarters being placed high in public places as a warning to others.
Thus, because Tyburn was the King's Gallows, those who were guilty of Treason were Hanged, Drawn and Quartered on this spot.

Some say that over fifty thousand persons met their death at Tyburn during the six centuries it was a place of execution. Among these are numbered:Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, 1330
Perkin Warbeck, 1496
Elizabeth Barton, the "Holy Maid of Kent", 1534
Claude Duval, 1670
Jack Sheppard, 1724
Jonathan Wild, 1725
Earl Ferrers, 1760
Mrs Brownrigg, 1767
Dr Dodd, 1777
To this list we must add in 1661 the lifeless bodies of Cromwell, Ireton and Bradshaw were exposed at Tyburn and beheaded. The 105 Roman Catholic Reformation Martyrs are not given here. The executions at Tyburn provided London's most popular and frightful sideshow. The ritual cruelties and indecencies practised here thrilled and corrupted every class of society. Along with criminals, saints and martyrs were butchered on Tyburn Tree.


Recommended:
Gloria Deo DVD on the community (link on bottom left of their website)
Book on their foundress: The Path of Mother Adele Garnier (email us for details)
The Rule of St Benedict Latin English

~ I enquired this community before finding my own and still have the vocation materials that were sent to me. I actually have two copies of most of it, since I had sent a vocations enquiry via the website and then forgotten about it and written to them. Kim of course knows more personally about the community but I would hate to see these materials go to waste so if anyone is interested in them I could pass them on. Either comment or email us if you are interested.
In Christ, Emily Ann

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