The Society of Our Lady of Pew venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and regularly holds Mass and retreats in the Abbey.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Pew in Westminster Abbey, off the north ambulatory, was originally a self-contained 14th-century rectangular recessed chapel, but it now forms part of the entrance to the Chapel of St John the Baptist. The term ‘Pew’ refers to a small enclosure or chapel.
Sister Concordia Scott OSB, of Minster Abbey near Ramsgate in Kent, sculpted the fine alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child in the niche of the Chapel of Our Lady of Pew. It took 14 months to complete and was placed in the chapel on 10th May 1971.
The original statue here had disappeared centuries ago. The design of the 20th-century piece was inspired by a 15th-century English alabaster Madonna at Westminster Cathedral.
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Friday 20th July, 6.30pm
Summer Festival Mass in the Abbey
Reception afterwards in College Garden or Cloisters
Saturday 11th August, 10.30am-2.30pm
Summer Quiet Day (note shorter day) in St Faith’s Chapel
Friday 26th October, 6.30pm
AGM and reception after in Jerusalem Chamber
Saturday 8th December, 10.30am-2.30pm
Advent Quiet Day in St Faith’s and Cheyneygates
The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.