Who comes to the abbey?


First of all, pilgrims: They come to remember the Emmaus of the Gospel (Luke 24). And sometimes also Kyriat Yearim, since one of the springs of that biblical site flows under the crypt of our church
(2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13).

And then the Jewish Israelis from all walks of life (school and university students, soldiers, people living in neighboring Kibbutzim, teachers, etc.). They all come to visit our superb church or to receive information on our life.

Because our village has a good reputation for its restaurants and the humus served here, some, after the culinary delights, do not fear to make a short cultural stop by visiting the monastery. The Muslim people of the village are also happy to come when they welcome visitors or people close to them.

The church is open to visitors every day except Sundays and on Christian feasts.

In the morning from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m and in the afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The hours of the monastic Office are public. They are celebrated mainly in French, but also in Latin (Gregorian chant) or in Hebrew.

The Office of Lauds is sung every day at 7 a.m.

The Eucharist is celebrated during the week at 11:30 a.m. except on Fridays, when it is at 7 a.m. (in Hebrew), and on Sundays it is at 10:30 a.m.

The Office of Vespers is sung during the week at 6 p.m. and on Sundays at 5 p.m.

The groups of pilgrims who wish to celebrate the Eucharist together with their priest, in the church or in the crypt, are kindly asked to reserve ahead of time by fax at this number: +972 (0)2 534 02 47.