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unique in Britain, is Pluscarden Benedictine Abbey, near Elgin.
It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose.
Pluscarden Abbey as we know it today owes its foundation to King Alexander II of Scotland in the year 1230. At the same time grants were made to two other sister houses, The community that served these churches was one of French Valliscaulians, a little-known order that shared some of the strictness of the Carthusian discipline with the spirit of fellowship that existed among the Cistercians, and only at these three places was this order represented in Scotland or England.
Committed to no external duties, the monks of Pluscarden conceive their primary service to lie in prayer, regular observance, the common life.
Pluscarden has chosen to keep Latin in the Mass and the divine office, except for readings. The whole office, the opus Dei as drawn by St. Benedict, has moreover been retained and apart from Vigils, is sung, with the community Mass as the liturgical point of focus; as well as grace in the refectory together with such devotions as are prompted by the season. When not at work in the grounds, or at the crafts which are carriedon in workshops and studios, the monks are employed either in the domestic jobs which inevitably take up the day in a monastery which does not engage paid labour or in the lectio (meditative reading and study) to which St. Benedict gives much prominence in his Rule. Thus the monks do their own laundry, mending, cooking, painting, repairing and maintenance generally.
non vos me elegistis sed EGO VOS ELEGI et posui vos ut eatis et fructum adferatis et fructus vester maneat ut quodcumque petieritis Patrem in nomine meo det vobis John 15:16
You have not chosen Me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.
All of the services at Pluscarden Abbey are sung in Latin using Gregorian Chant. The monks have been recorded and broadcast by the BBC on several occasions and three recordings are available on CD or tape.You can support the Abbey by purchasing any of the items below. The SONG IN THIS VIDEO MAY BE PURCHASED ON CD AT: