Diocese of Whithorn
Dumfries & the Marches

Abbey of Sts. Alban and Æthelwold

Buittle Castle

near Castle Douglas

Scotland, DG7 1PA

United Kingdom

mail@botelabbey.org

01556 509072

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Services

Our regularly scheduled Mass follows the Sarum Use, from the earliest available manuscripts. We celebrate the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, daily in our Abbatial Church, and regularly celebrate Mass on the Great Feasts of the Church, and on Sundays. Below can be found our regular Schedule of public Services.

All other services and events can be found on the calendar in the 'Kalendar' section of this site. Visitors should contact us as a precaution, as there are times when services may be served elsewhere, or members of the small community are called away.

Mass on Sundays and Great Feast Days is at 10:30 AM, unless otherwise specified in the Calendar (see 'Kalendar'). Refreshments, typically in the form of a small luncheon, are served after Mass.

Sundays:

10 AM: Prime

10:30 AM  Mass with Terce

3 PM: Second Vespers

10 PM Compline

Saturdays:

10:30 AM: Mass of Our Lady 

11:30 PM: Sext and None

6 PM: First Vespers of Sunday

11 PM Compline

During the Week: 

1 PM: None

6 PM: Vespers

11 PM Compline

All are welcome to attend, the canons of the Church forbidding private services. First time visitors may prefer to come on a Sunday, however, as we are occasionally obliged to alter our schedule during the week. There are some customs which a new visitor or enquirer might like to be aware of so that they feel more comfortable during their visit. Here is a short list:

 

  • Orthodox Christians frequently make the sign of the cross, or 'cross themselves'. They also bow to the altar, and in front of holy images in veneration. While it is not obligatory for visitors to maintain all of our customs, they are encouraged to do so if they feel comfortable.

  • It is customary to stand for much of the services, however, chairs and benches are provided for those who are infirm, elderly, or simply feel they cannot stand for extended periods.

  • In Orthodox Churches, both Eastern and Western, it is customary to appear at the services dressed in a manner befitting the dignity of the Worship of God. This is all the more the case at a monastic house. At the least, this should mean a collared shirt for men, sensible trousers, and close-toed shoes. For women, a dress or blouse and skirt which covers the shoulders and knees. Women may also wear a shawl on their shoulders achieving the same purpose.

  • In Church, it is customary for men to remove their hats or caps, and for women to keep their heads covered with a hat or scarf.

  • In some places, the ancient custom of women standing on the northern side (or left) of the church, and men standing on the southern (or right) is maintained. This practice is a continuity of the worship of the Jewish Temple of antiquity, and is prevalently observed today only in monastic churches, although instances of this may be found elsewhere.

  • Attendees will experience the fulness of the liturgical tradition of the west, which is designed to engage all of the senses. As such, we make use of chant, bells, incense, holy images, and the like. The Church has worshiped this way for nearly two millennia. Recently, however, a small number of people seem to have developed a sui generis allergy to incense. Should you count yourself amongst this unlucky few, please make it known to a cleric, who will be happy to find a pace for you near an opened window.

  • It is necessary to attend vespers, and to make a confession before receiving communion. Because the Orthodox Church views the act of communion to be indicative of canonical unity, it is not possible for us to commune those outside the boundaries of the Orthodox Church. Those who have a strong desire to receive the true Body and Blood of Our Lord in the eucharist, but are not members of the Orthodox Church, are invited to consider embracing Orthodoxy as the means to true and salvific communion. 

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