Friday, February 26, 2010

Sainte-Marie de La Garde

Thirteen monks from the abbey of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, near Carpentras, which I first had the joy of visiting in 1984 ( it had its origins in 1970 as an extraordinary form monastery), were sent by their abbot in 2002 to found the new monastery of Sainte Marie de la Garde near Agen. I mention this as they offer a widget which apparently allows you to be united with the monks in prayer as it rings a bell for Lauds, Sext and Vespers. This is offered as an opportunity to live your Lent according to the routine of the monks of St Marie de la Garde. Apart from anything the site offers information on the building of the new monastery. Makes a nice change from continuing stories of closure.


bess said...

Father, I have downloaded the widget.
So far, the monk has rung the bell twice. He is a little too cute to be taken seriously. I want to laugh rather than pray. Still, that's not so bad, is it?

Fr Michael Brown said...

I`m glad to hear yours is working. I mustn`t have been at the computer at the right times as I`ve not noticed it work at all as yet.

I agree he is not the most austere of monks.