The abbatial church is the heart of the monastery, because Benedictine life is a consecrated life, rooted in and inspired by the holy liturgy. Everything there points to the transfigurating Presence. Seven times a day and once a night, the bell sounds. It calls the monks to the choir to chant the psalms – this ancient but forever new prayer which, by the grace of Gregorian chant, somewhat unveils the transcendence and holiness of God.
The simplicity of the architecture and the sobriety of the decoration add to the respect of the mystery. With its robustness, purity of lines, and fullness, the romanesque style translates into stone and glass the Benedictines’ quest for the uncreated light.