.- The French city of Cluny is preparing to begin a year of celebrations for the 1100th anniversary of the famous Cluny Abbey. The abbey, founded in the year 910, was instrumental in the spread of Christianity and the development of monasticism in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Bishop BenoÃ®t RiviÃ¨re of Auton, Chalon and MÃ¢con will celebrate a Mass in Cluny on Saturday, the Italian bishops' news service SIR reports. The twelve gates of the city will be symbolically opened to mark the beginning of the Year of Celebrations.
Fr. Pierre CalimÃ©, spokesman of the diocese, said celebrants want the anniversary to be âabove all a spiritual eventâ and not only a celebration of a cultural and artistic heritage.
âThe great work of Cluny is the life of thousands of monks entrusting themselves to the Rule of Saint Benedict,â he explained.
âCluny 2010 must be an opportunity to rediscover what the heart of the abbey is: âDo you want the true life?ââ
Fr. CalimÃ© praised the virtues of Clunyâs founding abbot, St. Odo, and said the Benedictine Rule contains aspects and lessons still relevant to todayâs laity. This relevance has inspired the idea of holding some workshops on the Benedictine Rule and of holding a talk on Clunyâs order.
Planned events include a High Mass for the dead on November 2 and the commemoration of St. Hugh, the sixth abbot of Cluny, on April 23, 2010.