Olympic Games, tavern evenings and church nights on the agenda for the summer of the Bagnols-sur-Cèze Parish Ensemble

Olympic Games, tavern evenings and church nights on the agenda for the summer of the Bagnols-sur-Cèze Parish Ensemble

Parmi les rendez-vous d’été, il y a aussi des temps de rassemblements. DR

The priest of the parish complex of Bagnols-sur-Cèze and his team unveiled on Tuesday April 30 the poster of spring-summer activities in the sector where he exercises his ministry. First event, on this Ascension Thursday: a relic of the Curé of Ars will be exhibited.

The opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games will be broadcast on a giant screen on Friday July 26 next at Ancise in Bagnols-sur- Cèze. The public will be able to come and picnic there. This is the wonderful project carried out by the priest of the parish of Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Father Luc Mellet.  The clergyman and his team unveiled, Tuesday April 30, the poster of spring-summer activities in his territory. The man of the Church spoke during a meeting with the press under the vaults of the Caves Béthel, in the presence of the mayor of Bagnols-sur-Cèze Jean-Yves Chapelet and from the president of the Festival Committee Colette Dagani. It’it’is in this rather cozy setting, around a coffee croissant, that Luc Mellet unveiled the program of upcoming events  planned for the sector where he exercises his ministry.

Organ Wednesdays

Besides the Olympics, the other highlight of this early summer is of course the music festival. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste church will open its doors to an instrumental ensemble on Friday June 21, 2024 at 7 p.m. with Gilles Leturcq (oboe), Philippe Palisson (clarinet), Philippe Coet (violin) and Michel Chanard (organ). The Renaissance du grand orgue de Bagnols association is offering a new edition of Organ Wednesdays on August 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church. On August 21, for example, organ recital by Gérard Close, titular organist of Clervaux Abbey in Luxembourg. And on view on August 28, Duo vocal & organ with Cécilia Arbel (soprano), Frédéric Cornille (Baritone), Michel Chanard (organ) for a repertoire around Mozart, Verdi, Offenbach, Puccini, Massenet, Gounod,  etc.

Rituals and traditions

The spring-summer program mixes the religious with the secular, the sacred with the playful as well as tradition with ritual. For example, the reception of the relic of the heart of the Curé of Ars all day this Thursday, May 9, Ascension Day, which will be exhibited at the church Saint-Jean-Baptiste, from 8:30 a.m. to midnight. That day, many times of prayer, masses, and screenings (at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.) of the film Where the saints pass, God passes with them .

There is also talk of the procession which, on Sunday July 23 at 8:30 p.m., will reach the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church at the Place du Château.  The march will be followed at 9 p.m. by the lighting of the Saint-Jean fire with young scouts and college students from Saint-Jean college. The committee of festivals will also offer entertainment. On Monday, at 6:30 p.m., there will be solemn mass and the procession of the bust of Saint John the Baptist. A torchlight Marian procession and a prayer vigil will also take place on Wednesday, August 14, at 9 p.m., at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church.

Outdoor masses

The calendar of events is obviously punctuated by times of personal prayer, confessions and activities with children and young people. Masses are also planned for August 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bagnols and Tresques, outdoors at the Saint-Martin chapel.

Guinguette evening

A wind of lightness will blow at Ancise on Wednesdays July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21, from 20 hours with the screening of the series The chosen, followed by a film debate and a tavern evening.
Everyone will bring their own picnic. Otherwise, he can also reserve his plate of mussels and fries, drinks being available on site. Other highlights of this parish summer, the Night of the Churches which is scheduled for June 22 to July 3, at night. The churches of Bagnols-sur-Cèze and the villages will offer discovery tours and guided tours.

“They live their faith well”

"The Christian faith is also inserted into people's lives" a indicated Luc Mellet. "Christians have cultural, family roots and networks of relationships. They are not "offshore" or in a bubble or in a club," he added. The mayor of Bagnols-sur-Cèze, "guest walkeréré" and claimed, Jean-Yves Chapelet, for his part congratulated to count among its administrators "a communityé of believers who live their faith well and who live it in compliance with the rules of the Republic". One Thursday afternoon per month, a meeting is organized at Caves Béthel. The next one is scheduled for May 16. On June 6, it will be reserved for the blind and visually impaired.

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