A day in the life of a monk...
St Benedict wrote that a monk should prefer nothing to the work of God - the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours. The monastic day is therefore built around set times of prayer, although there are also periods of work and recreation as well as mealtimes.
The day begins with the sound of the rising bell, shortly after which the monks gather in the Abbey Church for the first prayers, Matins, at 5.30am each day except Sunday. Matins is followed by a period of quiet prayer before Lauds ('Morning Prayer') at 7.30am and then breakfast. After breakfast, the “little hour” of Terce is at 8.45am followed by Mass at 9.00am on weekdays and 9.30am on Sundays.
The remainder of the morning is dedicated to work, apart from a short coffee break. Sitting either side of lunch which is taken together as community, there are the "little hours" of Sext at 1pm and None at 1.50pm. The afternoon is devoted to manual labour or other work, and then a period of spiritual reading and work follows in the early evening before the celebration of Vespers at 6.00pm. This is followed by half an hour of lectio divina, with supper at 7.00pm. The final prayer of the day is Compline ('Night Prayer') at 8.15pm, which is replaced with Vigils on a Saturday evening at the same time.
After night prayer the Summum Silentium, the Great Silence, begins and is observed throughout the monastery until morning prayer.
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