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600th Anniversary of the Foundation of Syon Abbey 1415-2015
Last year marked the 600th Anniversary of the foundation of the Bridgettine monastery at Syon Abbey in 1415. It was fitting we should commemorate this very special occasion for the Order which gives our church its name and St. Bridgets proposed that in celebration, an open air ecumenical service be held at the site of Syon Abbey behind Syon House in Isleworth. We were most grateful to those at Syon for accepting our proposal and in particular to His Grace the Duke of Northumberland for offering to host this occasion, in recognition of its undoubted historical importance. It turned into a collaboration between Syon House, St. Bridgets and All Saints, Isleworth and was led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. It was a wonderful opportunity for all the churches of Isleworth and Brentford to come together in unity as they were in 1415. The service took the form of Evening Prayer of the Church with hymns plus music and liturgy both modern and of the period. All were welcome to come to this open air occasion and some 700 did so.
For photographs and details of books published to celebrate the 600th Anniversary please click on the following link: SyonAbbey600