Tudor Monastery Farm
In keeping with the theme of “rural” of Catholic Rural Solutions I would like to feature a BBC presentation which highlights the Tudor Monastery Farm. From our point of view as contemporary Catholics to use the name Tudor is synonymous with Protestantism and as linked to this religious rebellion against Holy Mother Church as the name of Luther. In fact, however, it wasn’t until Henry the Eighth, that rebellion came into being in England. So much was England and Henry the Eighth Catholic that the Pope bestowed on him and his heirs the title of Defender of the Faith, which the English royalty still carry even today, (though now without basis). Indeed, even after the rebellion of Henry, he personally attended Masses in his private chapel in the Latin Catholic form.
Meantime, back to the Tudor Monastery Farm… In England the liturgical year played an immense part in the ebb and flow of life, most especially the agrarian life. So much was this so, that most people did not associate the passing of days with a calendar as we do today, but by the various cycle of feast days. For instance, instead of just being May 19th it was commonly called St. Dunstan’s Day in Merry ole England and the completion of many farm chores were expected to have been completed by this day.
Every aspect of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly life as well as all human events from simple meals to births and deaths revolved around the Church and the Catholic Faith of Christ and His Apostles. To illustrate it to our contemporary understanding, life in early Tudor England was much like the Hispanic Culture and its integration of the Church into daily life until Vatican Council II. Even now among many Hispanic nations and people there is still a remnant of this liturgical cycle though it is fading fast with each continuing generation and will soon go the way of England in the not too distant future.
Meantime, enjoy this seldom seen aspect of the liturgical life in the everyday humdrum of life in the high Middle Ages.
Here is the web citation:
Tudor Monastery Farm
As usual continue to say the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, perhaps we can then witness once again the influence of the Church into the daily routines of modern life.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.