St Mary's Church

WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Angels are a light for monks, and the monastic life is a light for all men.
Saint John Climacus

St Mary's Church
The Abbey

THE HEAVENLY LIFE

The orientation of the monk is towards heaven, towards the life of another world. For this reason they are frequently referred to as 'earthly angels'; for while dwelling on earth they live as true citizens of heaven. To visit them is to visit the earthly paradise.
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

The Abbey
St John Kame Church

LIFE OF PRAYER

As soon as they are up, they stand and sing the prophetic hymns... Neither cithara, nor syrinx, nor any other musical instrumentt emits such sound as is to be heard in the deep silence and solitude of those holy men as they sing.
Saint John Chrysostom

St John Kame Church

LIFE OF CONTEMPLATION

I have seen lanterns of fire surrounding the monks and a multitude of angels with burning swords in their hands guarding them and I heard the voice of the holy God saying, 'Do not leave them as long as their ways are straight.'
Saint Anthony the Great

Sunset on St John Kame Church

LIFE OF REPENTANCE

This life has been given to you for repentance. Do not waste it on vain pursuits.
St. Isaac the Syrian

Sunset on St John Kame Church
St. Mary's Church Sunset

HEAVEN ON EARTH

Indeed one who stands there at about the ninth hour can hear the psalmody issuing forth from each cell, so that he imagines himself to be high above in Paradise.
Palladius (Lausiac History)

St. Mary's Church Sunset
St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey Dock

LIFE OF THANKSGIVING

Lips that utter frequent thanksgivings shall be blessed by God, and the grateful heart is visited by grace.
St. Isaac the Syrian

St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey Dock
Cross in courtyard with fountain

LIFE OF PRAISE

What is more blessed than to imitate the chorus of angels here on earth; to arise for prayer at the very break of day and honour the Creator with hymns and songs.
Saint Basil the Great

Cross in courtyard with fountain

Unlike the traditional bookstore, our main purpose is the spiritual benefit of those souls seeking to grow. This focus, rooted in the ancient deserts of Egypt where faithful pilgrims used to walk tirelessly through the sweltering sun of the desert to find an elder and hear “a word of wisdom by which they may live”.

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PROJECT
ANNOUNCEMENT

By the grace of God, the Abbey is continuously growing and the need to accommodate the monks and visitors has led to the start of multiple projects.

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RETREAT
REGISTRATION

Throughout the year, St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey hosts individuals, families and groups who come to the monastery to nurture their spiritual lives through prayer, meditation, and a peaceful atmosphere away from the cares of daily life.

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