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Le Barroux is the short name for the Benedictine Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux in S. France. They are a traditional Benedictine community of monks. On the next hill is an Abbey of nuns. This place is fantastic. Just as the … Read More
The liturgical year guided and nourished and shaped Catholics for centuries. It does so far less now, since it is much diminished after the “reforms” that hacked away at the calendar. However, once upon a time people not only followed … Read More
Photo by The Great Roman™ In Rome’s heart, on the Palatine Hill at the Villa Barbarini, vineyards have been planted. Speaking of vineyards, the monks of Le Barroux support themselves with wine from the revived vinyards of the Avignon Popes.
UPDATE: I wrote to the people who handle the wine sales and distribution. They responded: For shipping questions outside of the U.S., please direct people to email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the European Via Caritatis team will take care of them. Note that … Read More
I have received great news from the people handling the excellent Via Caritatis wine from the traditional Benedictines of Le Barroux in France. The monks are working the first papal vineyards in France near Avignon. Some terraces go back to the 5th … Read More
Yesterday I posted that Stage 11 of the Tour de France would focus on Mount Ventoux, indeed near to where the beautiful, traditional Monastery Ste. Madeleine is. The monks and nuns of their sister Abbey have revived an ancient vineyard, … Read More
This post brings together three great offerings from France: good wine, great chant, and the Tour de France. I while ago I wrote about the wonderful wine made by the traditional Benedictine monks of Le Barroux in S. France. I … Read More
I occasionally post about the wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks and nuns of Le Barroux in Provence. Their monasteries are little slices of paradise. You can hear live online or on demand the men chanting the liturgical hours HERE. I saw … Read More
As you know, for the consecration of the Eucharist to be VALID, we must use wine from grapes. It can be fortified wine, but it must be wine (HERE). Today I received a link from a reader which I am … Read More
From a reader: First off is the wine to be consecrated have to be red and how much wine poured into the chalice is enough to make it a valid mass? One of my priests told us if they don’t … Read More
From a reader: There had been several discussions recently about the topic of valid matter for the Eucharist, mostly related to low-gluten hosts and hosts using matter other than wheat. This made me remember something that happened at my parish … Read More
From a reader: During week day Masses the priest at our parish sometimes has no server. In this circumstance he obviously has to go to the credence table himself to get the gifts. After pouring the water and wine into … Read More
Today in the Ordinary Form calendar it is the feast of St. John Chrysostom (+407). I would guide your attention to a little attended to Letter of Pope Benedict XVI about St. John Chrysostom. I wrote about it here. Also, … Read More
From a reader: Fr., Perhaps one of your ossified manuals would address this. Today at Mass, the priest had a cruet of wine on the altar during the consecration. I am sure he did not intend to consecrate that wine. … Read More