Vézelay Benedectine Abbey - France Best Places - Travel & Discover

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Benedictine Monks - Retreat - Downside Abbey

No.1 of 3 quirky documentaries of the type only the BBC can (afford to) make following the daily routine and rituals of a dozen or so Benedictines rattling about in vast, draughty old abbeys originally built to accommodate hundreds of monks. BBC Synopsis: The first film is set in Downside, a spectacular neo-gothic monastery set in the beautiful valleys of Somerset. It is home to fourteen Benedictine monks who live according to the 6th-century Rule of St Benedict. We follow two of the monks over the course of a typical, quiet monastic day, as they engage with carpentry and baking, religious services and moments of private prayer in the monastery gardens. The pattern of the monks' day has changed little over hundreds of years and this programme encourages us to slow down to their pace, share their silence and eavesdrop on their rituals. Father Michael has been designing and making extraordinary pieces of furniture in his workshop for the past 48 years. He picked up his passion for woodwork from his father - but found when he joined the abbey in his early twenties that it was a role he could embrace and nurture. He's now a master craftsman and is on hand should the abbey need repairs, restorations or any new items of furniture. We watch him working on prie-dieu (a traditional prayer desk), carving, whittling and sawing until it's finished and we watch him use it in private prayer. 'Ora et labora' (prayer and work) is the Benedictine motto. Father Christopher originally came from Malta where he developed his love of food and in particular bread. He first joined Downside Abbey when he was 24, but stayed only five years. Aged 60, he decided to become a monk again and joined the community for good. We watch him bake a loaf of sourdough bread for lunch, mixing, kneading and baking the dough. He also collects wild garlic from the monastery meadows and makes a garlic butter dish to serve alongside the bread. Filmed with an eye to the beauty and peace of the ancient surroundings, the film has a painterly quality that creates a feeling of restfulness and quiet contemplation. And by focusing on the natural sounds of nature and the peace of the abbey we have created a meditative soundtrack that adds to this unique experience.

AVE MARIA - Sister Choir Gregorian Chant - Benedectine Nuns

The voices of Angels - Ave Maria's performance by Benedectine Nuns (sisters), Gregorian Chant chorus. The month of May is dedicated to Mery's celebration. ////////////////////////// Voci di Angeli, così si potrebbe definire questa interpretazione di Ave Maria cantata per ben mezz'ora dalle suore benedettine "Benedectine Nuns". Il mese di maggio è dedicato alla celebrazione di Maria madre di Gesù.

Bénédictines de Martigné, un esprit de liberté

Une quinzaine de soeurs bénédictines vivent, travaillent et prient à Martigné-Briand, non loin d´Angers, dans un ancien corps de ferme magnifiquement rénové. Une confiturerie et l´hôtellerie constituent leur principal gagne-pain. Leur charisme ? L´ouverture aux autres, aspect très important pour la fondatrice de l´ordre de Ste Bathilde, auxquelles elles appartiennent, une vie intérieure forte, une vraie simplicité et un véritable esprit de liberté ... UNE COPRODUCTION KTO/LA HUIT PRODUCTION 2016 - Réalisé par Lizette Lemoine et Aubin Hellot Documentaire du 20/02/2017.

Senanque Abbey: France The French Way

Notre-Dame de Senanque is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in Provence. The Senanque Abbey was founded in 1148 and today is surrounded by beautiful lavender fields. This audioslide show features original recordings of the local monks performing Gregorian Chants. www.france.co.nz France The French Way

Loire Valley - France Best PLace - Travel & Discover

The architectural heritage in the valley's historic towns is notable, especially its châteaux, such as the Château de Montsoreau, Château d'Amboise, Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Château de Chambord, Château de Chinon, Château du Rivau, Château d'Ussé, Château de Villandry and Chenonceau. The châteaux, numbering more than three hundred, represent a nation of builders starting with the necessary castle fortifications in the 10th century to the splendour of those built half a millennium later. Subscribe Travel & Discover: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=TravelAndDiscover1 Soundrack from Relax in Sax by Experience Project, available on Deezer http://www.deezer.com/it/album/49451762 Visit PLAYaudio Music Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbJqerJ4zeGP5jtoY4RZ9gg

The Benedictine abbey of Vézelay was founded, as many abbeys were, on land that had been a late Roman villa, of Vercellus. The villa had passed into the hands of the Carolingians and devolved to a Carolingian count, Girart, of Roussillon.

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