The Sensible Bond offers hearty congratulations and a promise of prayers to Brother Anselm Gribben who will make his solemn profession tomorrow, the feast of St Joseph, at the Norbertine Abbey of Tongerlo. Please, readers, do remember him in your prayers.
Brother Anselm was once a Norbertine in Manchester which is where I got to know him but he is now resident in the alma mater of all Norbertines from where, as a historian with a doctorate about the history of the Norbertine liturgy, he writes regularly on matters liturgical. In fact, a review of his fascinating book Pope Benedict XVI and the Liturgy is long overdue on this blog (and has only been delayed by the most pressing and onerous of parental and professional duties).
So, hoorah for Br Anselm, for the Norbertines (who raised my family in the faith) and for the Abbey of Tongerlo. Congratulations, warmest wishes and overbrimming raised glasses!