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Monday, October 24, 2016
Reality TV show filmed at Worth Abbey
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¬†A television programme featuring five men who volunteered to live with a Benedictine community for 40 days, begins this evening. 'The Monastery', a three part series for BBC 2 was filmed at Worth Abbey in West Sussex. The five men were drawn from diverse backgrounds and include a film producer, an ex-member of the UDA from Northern Ireland, a PhD student studying Buddhism, a legal publishing company executive and a retired teacher. They were expected to abide by the monastery's rules, with a strict timetable of instruction, study, prayer, reflection and routine work duties. Father Christopher Jamison, Abbot of Worth Abbey said: "This project led us all ≠ both the monks and volunteers ≠ on a remarkable journey of discovery. At the heart of the experience was the desire to share the hidden depths of monastic life with people rooted in today's culture. The results took us by surprise and were sometimes very moving." The Monastery is being screened at 9pm tonight and on 10 and 17 May. On the Sundays following the film, the community at Worth are offering viewers the chance to experience monastic prayer first hand by inviting them to attend Evening Prayers (known as Vespers) at the Abbey. The gatherings will start at 5.30pm with a welcome and introduction given by Abbot Jamison.
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