With St. Olav to Brittany

"You must not forget Brittany!" These words came as a reminder to the delegation from Trondheim during the millenium celebrations for St. Olav's baptism in Rouen. P. Egil Mogstad adds that the Bretons consider Olav and his army the saviours of the young church in the then archbishop see in Dol. After Olav's conversion and baptism he and his men sailed to Dol, which was under heavy attack from Danish vikings. According to tradition, Olav's intervention sent the attackers fleeing.

Solemn Mass on Sunday 9. November in Dol-de-Bretagne Cathedral

Our Bishop Bernt Eidsvig and p. Egil from St. Olav cathedral in Trondheim were invited to visit the archbishop in Rennes, today's capital and archbishop see in Brittany. For various reasons it was impossible to fit in this visit during the celebrations in Rouen, so p.Egil arranged to travel in November, to represent the Bishop and to take the first step in establishing closer connections between the Catholic Church in Norway and Brittany.

The initiative to the contact beween Norway and Brittany comes from Gilles Jarnouen de Villartay. He has a special interest in what he considers to be Nordic influence on Romanesque churches in Brittany. This interest has taken him to Norway and to this year's Olsok celebrations in Trondheim. He also took the initiative for a plaque to be placed in the Dol-de-Bretagne Cathedral. It was formally positioned during solemn mass on Sunday 9. November, (see photo) where p.Egil gave the homily. The plaque states as follows:

« VIKINGS ET BRETONS
DIEU NOUS AIME.
POUR LUI, CHANTONS
DE DOL À TRONDHEIM »

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«VIKINGS AND BRETONS
GOD LOVES US.
LET US SING FOR HIM
FROM DOL TO TRONDHEIM.»

The journey to Brittany was exceptional in every way, with visits and celebration of masses in several churches and monasteries. The historic perspective which emphasises the mutual contact and influence is deeply interesting. Equally important is the meeting of today's living churches and the possibility for us to reconfirm our bonds, says p. Egil. He also adds that the joy shown by the Bretons at this opportunity was deeply moving. Two monasteries have opened their doors to especially welcome Norwegians: The Contemplative Dominican Monastery  in Beaufort, where Mother Alleluia enthusiastically pointed out that they are the closest sister monastery to Lunden Monastery in Oslo, and the Cistercian Monks in Landevennec, who extend a warm welcome to all visitors from Norway.