Découvrez la médaille du millénaire de l’Abbaye de Solesmes

Publié le 21/10/2010 par medalart

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Monastic life at Solesmes conducted for a thousand years is mentioned in a complementary manner by both sides of the coin: the front side recalls his visible, theinvisible back.

photo médaille de l'abbayeTHE FRONT
The arms of the abbey dominates the front. He shows how alliance was born: that of the Abbey de la Couture at Le Mans (the lilies and leopards) and the Maison de Sable (the eagles). It offered all the necessary material to the foundation, and the abbey, the monks in charge of it alive. At the center, engraved overlay the spine evokes the relic of the Holy Thorn of Christ’s crown that has marked the history of the monastery since the twelfth century (sculptures of the south transept). The two buildings visible below evoke the two major periods of the thousand years: the right, the Priory of the eighteenth century, shows what was the monastery until before the 1789 revolution, a small community of about ten monks left, the beginning of the large body of the late nineteenth century, the great abbey, which succeeded the priory, with its principal abbots, D. Guéranger, D. Delatte, a large community who could count to one hundred monks.

The back of a very different style, simple and symbolic, we turn to the essentials. He refers him what is in the heart of the thousand years of history monastic abbey church and the liturgy celebrated there. ’Prefer nothing to the work of God’, St. Benedict asks his son. For Benedictines, the church is the first life. By its design, which reproduces that of the six crosses of consecration still painted inside the church, the cross represents the place of life and its central role since the day of its dedication, October 12, 1010. In addition, twelve small crosses commemorating the twelve anointed with oil on its walls were made that day to dedicate the final worship. Each year, in remembrance of this day, the location of these junctions, marked by the crosses of consecration, a candle decorated with a wreath of flowers and foliage burns for the duration of the festival.
Domus mea domus Listings orationes vocabitur
Taken from the Liturgy of Dedication (antiphon of the board and song of communion), the Latin text engraved in the upper part, wants to be clear what this place a thousand years: a place of prayer: Domus mea domus orationes vocabitur, My house shall be called a house of prayer (Mt 21, 13, Is 56, 7).
Below, in figures romains.les Millennium Milestones: MX MMX OCTOBER XII, complement the message of the coin (1010 October 12, 2010).

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