For those who have never been, click here to see the Latin Mass sung at St. Madeleine Abbey, Le Barroux, France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zswMJe2zHNo. The Epistle and Gospel are read in Latin and then French, but with a Latin/English Missal, everything is understandable, and even the sermon in French presents few difficulties for the English speaker.
Every High Mass has a master of ceremony, here the tall guy in white, because it is highly choreographed, and everyone is practiced. During consecration there are some pleasant sounds: bells, birds, and babies.
This abbey would be a great location for a novel to TV or film, The Abbot’s Unction. He is found dead under an olive tree, and all the monks are suspects, but finding the killer is complicated. The abbot’s hand is kissed multiple times throughout, as here at Mass. I wish we did that with each other, but I am repeating myself.
If preferred, one can listen to 57 monks* sing Compline (27 mins, Psalm 90 and Regina caeli): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htDZ17_pYws
The monastery, which is set on a hill, has a wine label and produces olive oil on its large property.
I have a young friend at St. Stephen who considered religious life but is now engaged to be married. A calling to religious life comes from God, not from a priest, or parent, or anyone else and entails loving sacrifice akin to marriage.
*Non-professionals who sing better than professionals, and now they have a music producer.