Sant' Antimo Abbey

Sep 13th, 2005, 08:00 AM
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Sant' Antimo Abbey

We would like to hear the chanting at Sant' Antimo Abbey during our visit to Tuscany at the end of this month. Would appreciate it if anyone knows the schedule and if you must attend mass to hear the chanting. Thanks!
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Sep 13th, 2005, 08:19 AM
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I don't know a lot of detail, but I can confirm that you do not have to attend mass, and they do have a set time at which it begins. I attended a presentation in the afternoon, at around 3 or 4, and it lasted about 20 minutes.
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Sep 13th, 2005, 08:28 AM
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Unfortunately, it is only in Italian, but here is the Sant'Antimo schedule:

http://www.antimo.it/pagine/07INFO.html

The times indicated on yellow are when the church can be freely visited, moving around, etc.

The times indicated on white, with a name next to them, are those of the liturgical rites, which visitors can listen to but during which they are asked not to move around the church.

The times at the very top are the hours that the church is open.
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Sep 13th, 2005, 08:47 AM
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Thanks for your replies.

Eloise, I did see the website in Italian; unfortunately, I can't make out if the chanting is done only during the services. I thought I had read somewhere that there were scheduled times for the "presentations," as rsb99 has mentioned, maybe twice a day?
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Sep 13th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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jal52,
see http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/tuscany/sant_antimo.htm
for translation
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Sep 13th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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Gregorian chant is used in all the liturgical services whose times are listed below.

The monks do not do "presentations" for the benefit of American or other tourists. They take part in religious ceremonies at the times indicated: 5:45 a.m.; 7:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; 9:15 a.m. (This is a Mass and may take up to 45 minutes; the other services last about 15 to 20 minutes); 12:45 p.m.; 2:45 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.; 8:30 p.m.

The church may be freely visited from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This is the weekday schedule; the schedule on Sundays and holy days is different, but follows in the same order.
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Sep 13th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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Eloise
Thank you for saying what I was thinking. When visiting the Abbey folks need to respect that this is a church and not a "theatre".
I attended a moving mass there a couple years ago and watched some tourists try and move around inside in a way that distracted many than came to worship.
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Sep 13th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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I knew that was a bad word ("presentation"), and I apologize for appearing insensitive. But I wanted to make clear that what I attended was not a mass. It was liturgical, in the sense that there was a prayer book and the chant selections were identified for those who were able to follow. But, at least as far as I could see, it required only that attendees be quiet and respectful for a brief service.
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Sep 13th, 2005, 03:34 PM
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Henry, thanks for the link!

rsb99, I fully understood what you meant by "presentation" and don't think anyone took offense by your use of that word. Some in my group are Catholic and others are not, so I didn't intend to go for a full Mass, but would have stood outside to appreciate the chanting without interrupting the service.

Jabez, I regret that you had an unfortunate experience there.
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Sep 14th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Jal52 (an all):

If you copy the link Eloise provided into google and search it, google will find the page link and offer to translate the page for you.

AFAIK, google uses babel fish translation but I could be mistaken. Anyway, google will offer to translate any link it finds and seems to do a decent job with accuracy.
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Sep 14th, 2005, 12:30 PM
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Oh, and thanks for the GREAT idea Jal! I'm definitely going to have to pay a visit there during our trip next month.
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Sep 16th, 2005, 05:25 AM
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Dave, that is such a cool thing! Thanks for the suggestion!
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Sep 16th, 2005, 08:52 PM
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We had a picnic on the lawn (along with a very lively group of nuns and novices) before we went in to listen to the Gregorian chants. What a beautiful experience! Make sure to walk around afterwards to look more closely at the abbey; walk down the few steps under the altar (more or less) to a very tiny cave-like chapel. There is a really pretty fresco of a cherub on the left-hand curve of the wall down there.
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