June 21, 2012

A Photo Visit to Saint Meinrad

St. Meinrad Archabbey has risen above the village of St. Meinrad, Indiana, for more than a century. An order of Benedictine monks inhabits the beautiful grounds.  The old stone church is at the center of this tranquil community.

On a sultry June day, the Rock Garden filled with statuary and native wildflowers is a peaceful respite from the world

Below is a collection of art work and stained glass windows around the property.

The pipe organ features more than 3,000 pipes and is at one end of a sanctuary far more simple than our tour group expected.  Our leader explained that after Vatican II the sanctuary was simplified.

The window above is inscribed with a Latin phrase and lets in the sunlight in the Chapter Room where the monks complete official business.  The wood carving below shows a monk's hands, simple, elegant and real.

Time to say good bye to the community and its peaceful gardens.