The Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia (not to be confused with its ornate counterpart in England) is a beautiful sight against the surrounding mountains, meadows and forests.
Surrounded by rolling hillsides, forests and mountains, Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia is a sight to be seen. These historic grounds are home to a community of thirty Benedictine monks which live the motto of their order Ora et Labora (Pray and Work) as well as the Seminary of Christ the King (a high school and college for young men).
In 1939 a group of Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Mount Angel, Oregon made their way to British Columbia to found a priory. Originally situated in Ladner (located in the Corporation of Delta), the monks moved the Seminary of Christ the King to the Deer Lake region of Burnaby before settling permanently on the outskirts of the City of Mission on 70 acres of land in 1954. Many of the buildings located on the Abbey grounds were built and designed by Norwegian architect Asbjørn Gåthe. The Westminster Abbey has become a popular locale with visitors from around the world seeking to see the beautiful interior and exterior of the Abbey Church (completed in 1982) and to walk around.
Westminster Abbey is mostly self-sufficient as it operates a farm which produces its own meat and eggs as well as other crops. Visitors can walk along the marked pathways, through the Abbey's surrounding forests and hillsides and to a spectacular panorama overlooking the Fraser River, the farms of Abbotsford and Mount Baker. Throughout the day the students and their teachers pray the Liturgy of the Hours (an official set of daily prayers prescribed by the Catholic Church) in the Abbey Church which visitors can listen to.
When visiting the Westminster Abbey in Mission be aware that a dress code in effect. Visitors wearing shorts are not permitted inside the Abbey church which is open to the public daily. Please respect the wishes of the monks of the Abbey which includes walking on the specified pathways as marked. Come enjoy this beautiful locale situated in Mission!
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