‘THE MONASTERY’: A NEW KIND OF TELEVISION
‘The Monastery’ and ‘The Monastery Revisited’ is a BBC TV series first transmitted in the UK in 2005/6. The original series is still being broadcast on other networks around the world. The programme also generated a new format that has been used to make other BBC programmes such as ‘The Convent’ and ‘The Retreat’, as well as Discovery Channel’s ‘The Monastery’ in the US and ABC’s ‘The Abbey’ in Australia.
"The Monastery" can be viewed, in 18 parts, on YouTube - see HERE
The links (blue), above, will give you more information about these other programmes.
‘THE MONASTERY’: WHY HAS IT TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE?
Nowadays, many of us find ourselves saying that we are too busy, that we wished there were more hours in the day. For a healthy life, we all need moments and places of sanctuary. It seems that the more labour saving devices we invent and the more time off we get, the busier we become. This is the paradox of modern life. What more and more people are finding helpful is to adopt a simple framework which includes work, prayer and rest, both on one's own and with others. You may be surprised to know that this is the rhythm that lies at the heart of monastic life … and you don't necessarily need to become a monk or nun to reap the benefits.
‘THE MONASTERY’: HOW CAN I FIND SANCTUARY?
Following the original broadcast in 2005, many thousands of viewers contacted Worth Abbey where the original series was made. These web pages were made for them and can be accessed by clicking the navigation menu on the left. The Abbot of Worth has written two books describing what people were looking for and how the monastic tradition can help them in their search. The books are now available in different editions around the world:
Following the same accessible and engaging format of Finding Sanctuary, Abbot Christopher's second book, “Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps For A Fulfilling Life” takes different aspects of happiness, examines them, tells us what monastic wisdom has to say about them, and offers us steps towards our own journey to finding happiness.
Evening Prayer (Vespers) every Sunday lasts from 6.00 to 6.30pm. You are welcome to join the monks for Vespers on any Sunday.
Explore this site. Click on the buttons to the left.
To contact us: Email to TheMonastery@worthabbey.net