The Abbey Church

Situated towards the West of the Estate you will find the Abbey Church, which is dedicated to Christ the King, and was  consecrated by the then former bishop of Stockport and Lambeth in 2014 on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Do have a look inside, and while you are here perhaps you would like to give a Donation towards its work.

You will notice that the building inside is rather simple, this keeping towards simplicity.

The Floor of the Abbey is in memory of people who have died  and is made of Slate.  

In each corner you will see a cross carved into the slate and one cross in the centre of the floor which is to sybolise the five wounds of Christ.

The floor  helps to keep the crisp ecoustic of the Abbey Church for the purpose of Prayer, Liturgy, and singing for which we have a very fine Organ and Choir.

The High Altar Windows were  designed and made by Sister Stephen in 2014  who is a member of the Religious order of the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, which was founded by Gofrey de Bouillon in 1099AD who installed 20 canons. In 1794 the community came to England.

The window is of the Holy Sepulchre and the window above is of the Holy Spirit.

To the left is the Blessed Sacrament which is kept reserved, while around the walls you will see the stations of the Cross made of felt by a member of St Georges New Mills in the Diocese of Derby where the Community was dedicated in 1975 by the then Bishop of Derby The Right Reverend Cyril Bowles,  the Prisident of the Methodist Conference in 1975, the Reverend Dr John Vincent,  the Chair of the Stockport and Manchester Methodist District, the Reverend Dr Gordon Wakefield and the Reverend Harry Morton..

The Font, Clergy Stall, collection plate, including an Altar Frontal in the Oratory  and two Vestments with  processional cross were given by the Royal Navy.

The Lectern in the abbey was originally made for Christ Church Whaley Bridge under the diocese of Derby and given in the 1980's.

The Cloistered walkway has a statue of Mary which brings the Abbey and Oratory together.

The Community of the King of Love was founded in Queens Theological College part of the University of Birmingham in 1969.

The Community was the first ecumenical community in England, and became a registered charity no 271207 in 1975.

It works towards reconciliation between people of diverse culture and Christian traditions.

Entrance to the Community follows the traditional monastic forms of Aspirant Novice and Full Member, under Traditional Vows are Detachment Chastity and Obedience.

Copies of the Rule are available for people to read and can be found in the Abbey Church.


The Oratory

The Oratory has a vast collection of 1st Class Relics all with the Vatican Seal.  You can arrange to see these by appointment with the clergy.

You will also see in the Oratory Stained Glass Windows designed in 2004. 

The Carved Oak Altar in here was given in memory of a Padre during the First World War,  and was given by the diocese of Manchester along with the brass Processional Cross and Lectern, while the red altar frontal was given by the Royal Navy.

The Organ was built in Utrect and dedicated by Fr Jamie in 2006.

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