In my last post from St. Benedictusberg Abbey in Limburg, I’ve visited the large chapel and now I can visit several of the rooms close to it.
It’s possible to see the turrets from the older building from one of the windows and I have asked permission to take a few photographs, permission that was granted. Wikipedia tells me:
“In 1947 the diocese began negotiations with the Benedictine congregation over revival of monasticism at Mameles, and it was agreed that the foundation should be placed within the Benedictine Solesmes Congregation.
That happened in 1951, with the arrival in November of thirteen monks from Oosterhout.
Finally a monastery church was built, and consecrated in 1962. It received abbey status in 1964.
Offices are sung in Latin, with prominence given to Gregorian chant. St. Benedictusberg has become an expanding Benedictine community, partly as a result of the savage decline of the Benedictine Order across the Netherlands which has required monks from elsewhere in the country to find new homes.”
I’m conscious that Himself and the kids are waiting (patiently or otherwise) in the car outside, so although I would like to have spent more time here, I tell the lady who is guiding me around that I need to get back to my probably restless family. On the way out I see a small table where a booklet (Dutch language only) and an aerial photograph of the abbey are available for a donation. I buy both from my guide as thanks for letting me visit… This is the kind of place that is fast disappearing from many countries today. A very quiet, contemplative world.
Kiwi’s note: Once again I’m having problems with photographs, this time photos that should be viewed in landscape form (and imported as such) are being turned around into portrait form by WordPress as they are imported. There appears to be nothing I can do, deleting and re-importing give the same result no matter how many times I try. Apologies!