Tuesday, 13 March 2018

At the Abbey

Part of the Abbey,
the church is at the left, but almost not visible
In the last week of February I was in the Abbey of Egmond for a couple of days. It is possible to stay as a guest in many convents and abbeys, since hospitality is something monasteries and convents take very seriously.
I wanted a few days to rest, and regain some energy.

The St AdelbertAbbey in Egmond is one of the oldest monasteries in The Netherlands. There was a monastery here already in the 10th century. Only it was burned down in 1573 when the protestants were fighting with Spain over control over The Netherlands.

For centuries all that was left of the monastery were ruins. But in the 20th century the monastery was rebuilt and in 1935 there were once again monks in Egmond. The monastery became an Abbey in 1950.

If you are a guest at the Abbey you have to respect the rules, like being silent in the halls and during mealtimes. But this is not difficult, I can assure you.

Also you have to follow the Liturgy of the Hours, the scheduled prayer times the monks keep during the days. This practise is almost as old as the Church, although there have been some changes during the centuries.

In Egmond the first prayermoment is at 6.00 am, and I can tell you it is wonderful to sit in that beautiful and sober church when it is still dark outside and the monks sing the psalms.

I loved being there and I am sure I will be back there again!
Cute little monk

Part of the Abbey grounds

6 comments:

  1. That actually sounds very nice. I hope it refreshed you.

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    1. Yes, it definately did, I felt much calmer and more energetic when I was home again then before I went. It was a wonderful experience!

      Kind regards,

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  2. How did you spend your time? Were you engaged in any activities, or was it basically a regular holiday in an extraordinary setting? Just curious :-) I hope you managed to re-charge your batteries :-)

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    1. When you are a guest, you are expected to follow the order of the prayers and be there for the meals, but in between you can do as you like. You can walk or rent a bike etc. It was too cold those days to be outside, so I read a lot in my room. No television, no social media, it was great!

      Kind regards,

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  3. It'd be fun to see those trees and gardens in the springtime! Beautiful pics, as always. :)

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    1. Thank you, and I intend to go back there in the Summer, so I think the gardens will be lovely then!

      Kind regards,

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