Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Benedictine Nuns of le Barroux

The news from Avignon has been so unpleasant recently, here is a much more tranquil and almost other-worldly view of the department of Vaucluse, where two Benedictine abbeys were constructed in the 1970's and 1980's in the Romanesque style of architecture, in the town of le Barroux, not far from Avignon. In the video below the Benedictine nuns of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation sing Adoro te devote, a Eucharistic hymn by Saint Thomas Aquinas. Those interested in the Latin text and English translation can click here.

Thanks to the reader who sent the link.

The photo is from Abbayes Provencales.

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At December 04, 2010 3:36 PM, Blogger zazie said...

Beautiful, isn't it? The village and the old castle and the church dominate the "plaine du comtat" ; when we have fine weather, we can see the sea in the distance....In the abbey, they celebrate traditional services in Latin...and they bake a wonderful bread! The monks do sing beautifully too!

At December 05, 2010 1:17 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ zazie

I hope they are safe. I heard that something had happened to the Carmelite nuns in the same region, but I could not find anything on it. Do you know? Or do I have the wrong department?

At December 05, 2010 1:13 PM, Anonymous dauphin said...

Thank you for sharing this moment of quiet and beauty with your readers. As to the Carmelites, do you mean this, in the Ariège?

At December 05, 2010 3:27 PM, Blogger zazie said...

I have tried in every direction I could think of???Nothing doing ! The amusing point is that google sent me to...Galliawatch. I think I shall ask the Archbishop ; he should know about the trouble in Orange.

At December 09, 2010 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soros-Funded Group’s Political Director Calls for Subversive Activity During Christmas Masses.This verse from Scripture will be read at Midnight Mass, December 25, in Catholic churches across America. For radicals in the pews, however, the light focused on will be the light coming from their smartphone screens as they communicate with each other and report to Aniello Alioto, political director of the George Soros-funded Progress Now, any “hostile activity” in the form of priests explaining Catholic teaching on the family and marriage.George Soros’ Counterfeit Catholicism is decidedly no longer limited to public political discourse. Now reaching directly into Catholic parishes, the radical subversion of the Catholic Church holds nothing sacred. Not even Christmas Mass.Thomas Peters of Catholic Vote first reported about a letter sent by Aniello Alioto to members of Catholics for Equality, a group that seeks to cause division in the Catholic Church here in America on issues related to homosexuality and marriage.Let’s be clear what Alioto is saying: their organization plans to encourage its membership during Christmas to bring their phones to Church and to “report” from the pew whenever a priest or bishop dares to preach about the family or issues related to marriage, and to conduct fundraising in our sacred spaces.It’s hard to imagine a more intrusive attempt to undermine the freedom of Catholic parishes and pastors to preach what the Church teaches to Catholics who are already constantly maligned outside of Mass about their views. Catholics for Equality has decided to take their fight against the Church into the very heart of our sacred worship spaces.Besides announcing new smartphone apps designed to help with this subversion, Alioto’s letter claims that activists “don’t need the consent of our hierarchy” to behave in this manner at Mass. This could not be further from the truth. According to Canon Law, specifically Canon 528, Section 2, any priest, “under the authority of the diocesan Bishop” is within his rights to remove from the church building anyone who causes distraction from the “devout celebration of the sacraments.”Hmmmm.....Where are "the good old days" when you had a guard to keep the peace in the Church?Read the full story.

At December 09, 2010 2:55 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

Note: The full story on the topic of subversive activities planned for Christmas Mass can be found at:

Note that there are no spaces in the URL. The News Real Blog is run by David Horowitz.


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