A Celebration for the return of the Skenfrith Cope

On Saturday February 2nd, the Feast of the Purification of our Lady and the Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemass), Father Abbot and several members of the Belmont Community visited the church of St. Bridget's Skenfrith to take part in the celebrations which had been organised to welcome the return of the newly restored Skenfrith Cope. Abbot Paul preached and members of the Belmont community sang the Introit: Suscepimus.  

Made between 1450 and the early 1500's, the Skenfrith Cope is embellished with figures of angels and saints embroideed in silk. The central image if that of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the Reformation and the Dissolution of the monasteries such vestments fell out of use and were largely destroyed making the Skenfrith cope a rare example of its type..

Click here to learn more about the Skenfrith Cope
Abbot Paul's homily