Saturday, 11 June 2011

Re-opening of Worth Abbey Church on Pentecost Sunday

Artist's Impression from the Font of the Renewed Church
Copyright © 2010 of Worth Abbey
Worth Abbey Church will be re-opened on Pentecost Sunday, 12 June after being closed since last year. The Abbey Church is the most important building at Worth, both in terms of size and significance. The monks gather here six times a day to create a rhythm of prayer that is the foundation of the monastic life. This sanctuary acts as a magnet for individuals who wish to pray alone, as well as for special services and meetings for Christians of different denominations.

The Abbey Church has the largest capacity of any church in Sussex. The foundation stone was laid in 1964, the Church was consecrated in 1974 and the exterior structure completed in 2001. To achieve an open space on such a scale, the architect employed a bridge building technique never before used in a church. This modernist design by Francis Pollen is considered by many to be the finest example of 1960’s church architecture in Britain and is listed grade 2*. The interior and furnishing has remained incomplete - until now.

The Abbot and Community are celebrating the re-opening of the Abbey Church with Solemn Vespers on Pentecost Sunday, 12 June before an invited congregation of benefactors and parishioners.

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