Community of St Mary the Virgin

One of the oldest traditional Religious Communities in the Church of England

The latest updates from and about the Community are in Jottings

Our Eucharistic Services over Christmas will be as follows:
 
Wednesday 24 December  10 am  Christmas Eve
 
Thursday 25 December  9.30 am  The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 
Friday 26 December  10 am   St Stephen
 
Saturday 27 December  10 am  St John
 
Sunday 28 December  9.30 am  The Holy Innocents
 

Retreats in 2015: 

Sue Ellen Pedley and the Revd David Wipple are offering a retreat combining simple embroidery and Christian symbolism and its place in the modern world.

Dates: Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2015 and Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2015.  Details of retreats to be finalised. Initial booking enquires to the Guest Wing.

Welcome

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The Community of St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1848 by William John Butler, then Vicar of Wantage in Oxfordshire. It remains one of the oldest traditional Religious Communities in the Church of England.

CSMV Sisters are called to respond to their vocation in the spirit of Mary, Mother of Jesus: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word". The common life is centred in the worship of God through the Eucharist, the Daily Office and in personal prayer. From these all else flows. 

The Community also concentrates on engaging in spiritual direction and in welcoming and hosting retreats and day groups. Individuals are also welcome to visit and stay at in the convent's Guest Wing and all are welcome to join in the Daily Office.

Through "Wantage Overseas" the Community maintains links with projects in Botswana, India and South Africa, these being periodically reported in the "Wantage Overseas Review". 

There is an active network of CSMV Oblates and Associates in the UK and overseas, who adhere to a Rule of Life and who endeavour to live out the charism of the Community wherever they are in the world.

The Community Prayer: 

Almighty God, by your angel Gabriel you chose Mary to be the Mother of your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, filling her with grace and calling her blessed. Give to us who are gathered into one Community under her name grace to walk in her footsteps, to be lowly, obedient, faithful and to say in all things and at all times "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word". Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

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