The image below is of St Gertrude, but today we commemorate all those who like her have followed the precepts of the holy Rule, served under an Abbot or Abbess, and dwelt in community.

‘Hearken, my son, to the precepts of thy master and incline the ear of thy heart; freely receive and faithfully fulfil the instructions of thy loving father …’ These four imperatives sum up the way. As we give thanks for those who have gone before us on this path, we pray that we may be faithful, never giving up on the mercy of God. May God bless you this day.