18 March, 2008

Abbey

This time I will be showing all my churches (places of worship) postcards. Frist, I will be giving a brief description of some of the places of worship or religious buildings, and then after that my postcards.

An
abbey (from Latin abbatia, derived from Syriac abba, "father"), is a Christian monastery or convent, under the government of an Abbot or an Abbess, who serves as the spiritual father or mother of the community.

Originally the term monastery designated, both in the East and in the West, the dwelling either of a solitary or of a community. Monasteries took their names from either their locality, their founders, or from some monk whose life has shed lustre upon them; and later, from some saint whose relics were there preserved, or who was locally an object of special veneration. The first monks generally settled in solitary places, away from the haunts of men, though sometimes they were to be found also in cities like Alexandria, Rome, Carthage, and Hippo.

SOURCES:
Abbey Wikipedia Entry
Catholic Encyclopedia: Abbey Entry

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