A blog post has had to go on hold for a while due to the birth of our first lamb of the year.
Born in brilliant, blessed sunshine this morning was Basil, named in honour of our own Dom Basil Gwydir, whose centenary of death we keep this year. He was one of several of our monks who served as military chaplains in the Great War. He died when the hospital ship, HMHS Rohilla, sank off Whitby on 30 October 1914, not long after the war had begun. It is said of Fr Basil that he remained below decks with sailors who were immobile and unable to escape, and so drowned with them.
Maiorem hac dilectionem nemo habet, ut animam suam ponat qui pro amicis suis. (John 15:13)
The new Basil is hale and hearty, and of full voice.