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Daily Monastic Schedule

prayer [1]

Ours is a relatively simple, silent life consisting of:

Seven times a day we gather for the Opus Dei [2] beginning with Vigils in the middle of the night and ending with Compline in the early evening. Eucharist is concelebrated daily at 6:00 AM and on Sunday at 9:30 AM

Along with the prayer of praise (…by night I will sing to him, praise the God of my life… Ps. 42:9) and thanksgiving (…it is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O most high… Ps. 92:1), the prayer of intercession and petition (…I rise before dawn and cry for help, I hope in your word… Ps. 119:147) has always been an important component of monastic prayer.

Throughout the day there is a balance between work, reading, solitude and community life, as shown in a typical schedule below. Below are the names of the hours of the divine office celebrated by the community. Our Divine Office [2] page offers an explanation of and reflection on the Divine Office.

         DAILY SCHEDULE

AM
3:15 – Rise
3:30 – Vigils, Breakfast, Lectio
6:30 – Lauds
7:00 – Mass, Thanksgiving
8:00 – Terce, Work
11:30 – End of Work, Lectio
12:00 – Sext, Dinner, Optional Siesta

PM
2:00 – End of Siesta, None, Work
4:30 – End of Work, Lectio
5:30 – Vespers, Supper, Lectio
7:20 – Chapter
7:30 – Compline
7:50 – Retire

Our Liturgical Services [3] page provides the current schedule of our liturgical services open to the public on various days of the week, including Mass on Sunday.