Friday, January 15, 2021

Collégiale Saint-Aignan

Here's a gratuitous shot of Saint-Aignan's church. It's called une collégiale, a church operated by a college of canons. Not being a Catholic, I'm not really sure what that means other than that there's no resident priest in town.

La collégiale de Saint-Aignan.

Our brief spell of mild weather comes to an end this morning. Temperatures should be dropping through the day. There's even a slight chance of some snow, but nothing significant.

5 comments:

  1. And such a beautiful gratuitous shot at that. Stay warm.

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  2. no priest in town? This seems a sadness for such as splendid church.
    What is it used for nowadays?

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  3. Canons were secular priests (not affiliated with a religious order) assigned to a cathedral church to perform church services. Since there were several and, in some cases, quite a few, some of them eventually decided to form a "community," following a schedule or prayer, work, and ministry, thereby adopting a "rule," similar to those of monastic communities. They became known as "regular canons" (chanoines reguliers). Today, a "chanoine" is sometimes an honorific title, bestowed to a priest who has performed exceptional service to the church. N.D. de Paris, as an example, has several "chanoines" who minister to the needs of the cathedral. A notable example of "canons regular," a religious order of priests, is the Norbertines (chanoines reguliers de Premontre), who call themselves "canons" because they adhere to a rule (in this case the rule of St. Augustine). There are several Norbertine abbeys in France and other parts of the world.

    DR

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  4. mitch, as predicted, it's below zero this morning. Brrr!

    judy, ugh!

    michael, I believe it's used mostly for high holidays and weddings. But there are itinerant priests in the area that rotate among churches. I don't know what the schedule is.

    dr, thanks for the info!

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