Rule of Saint Benedict – Ch 53
All guests who arrive will be received as Christ, for he himself will one day say:
“I asked for hospitality and you received me [Mt 25:35]
All those whom divine Providence leads to the monastery are received by the brothers with respect and humanity.
At the porter’s office, a brother welcomes people seeking information, those who want to celebrate a mass, or have religious objects blessed. It is also possible to ask to meet a priest for a spiritual talk or a confession.
The community is happy to share the spiritual climate of its monastic life with those who wish to do so. Our guesthouse can accommodate retreatants, individuals or small groups, for a maximum stay of 8 days. In the church, in the park or in the privacy of their room, the retreatant will taste the monastic silence “which is not a simple practice, but a grace, a gift from God”
We have some single and double rooms, with washbasins and hot water. Showers and toilets are on the floor. We ask our guests to be silent and recollected, and to be punctual for the beginning of meals, which are taken together in the refectory of the hostel. For the rest, everyone is free to do as they please, to participate in liturgical services; a library is available (Wifi point), as well as a park.
Guests are invited to contribute to the costs of their stay as far as they are able; as an indication, a full day’s board costs us about 43 euros. (29 euros for students and young people; financial participation should not be an obstacle).
This is the usual place for liturgical celebrations: we pray here every service from Palm Sunday until mid-November. The church is open to the faithful every day from 6.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Under the entrance to the abbey church is our Crypt: a much appreciated place of recollection, accessible to the faithful every day from 8am to 8pm. On Sundays, the Eucharist is celebrated there at 8.30 am. (except on the solemnities of : Christmas, 1st January, Palm Sunday, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Assumption Day, All Saints Day).
During the cold season, from mid-November to Palm Sunday, we pray all services in the Winter Chapel
(except the Sunday Eucharist, which is always celebrated in the Abbey Church). It is reached by a staircase on the left as you enter the church.
On the first Friday of the month we pray for vocations before the Blessed Sacrament exposed at 7.30 pm. Every Sunday, we adore the Blessed Sacrament during the afternoon, from None (2.15pm) to the Salute following Vespers (5.30pm).
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
9.30am to 11am
3-4.30pm to 4pm
Closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Confessions (sacrament of Reconciliation):
In the abbey church:
Sunday from 9.30am to 10am
To celebrate reconciliation, please contact the porter’s office to enquire about the availability of a priest.
Most of our liturgy is in French. At the Eucharist, we sing some pieces from the Gregorian repertoire of our Cistercian tradition.
Our guests can participate in all services.
Outsiders may join the community for the services written in blue.
During the week
4:30 am: Vigils
7:00 am: Lauds and Eucharist
9:15 am: Tierce
12:00 am: Sext
2:00 pm: None
17:30 pm: Vespers
19:35 pm: Compline
4:30 am: Vigils
7:15 am: Lauds
8:30 am: Eucharist (in the crypt)
10:15 am: Tierce and Eucharist
12:15 am: Sext
14:15 pm: None and Adoration
17:00 pm: Vespers – Salvation
19:35 pm: Compline
Monday: 10am to 12pm / 1:30pm to 6pm
Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 12pm / 1:30pm to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 12pm / 1:30pm to 5pm