Our Monastic Horarium

     I thought you might be interested in seeing what a typical day is like for the professed sisters in our monastery.

 

 

5 a.m. Rising bell (many of the Sisters rise before this)

5:15 a.m. Contemplative Prayer in private or in Chapel

6:15 a.m. Morning Prayer in monastery chapel (Lauds)

7 a.m. Holy Mass followed by 5 minutes of Thanksgiving and then Midmorning Prayer (Terce)

 

 

Breakfast

Tidy cell

Work/Class/Spiritual Reading

12 noon – Midday Prayer (Sext)

Dinner & dishes

Recreation

1:25 p.m. – Silence Time (free to exercise, read, rest, etc.)

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 2:45 p.m. Midafternoon prayer (None) followed by the “Offerings of the Precious Blood” with arms extended for 5 minutes and the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – Silence time ends at 3:15

Work/Class/Study

 

 

4:30 p.m. – Rosary can be prayed communally at this time or in solitude.

5:00 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Evening Prayer (Vespers)

Followed by 1 hour of private contemplative prayer

Supper

Dishes

Recreation

8:00 p.m. Office of Readings and Night Prayer (Matins & Compline)

9 p.m. Great Silence

9:30 p.m. Retire

 

 

· During the year we have various days of retreat, Forty Hours devotions, Lectio Divina afternoons, etc when there is more time for prayer and study.

· On Fridays we have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all morning and are free from unnecessary work to spend time with our Eucharistic Lord in honor of His Sacred Passion.

· On Sundays, certain feast days and Holy Days of Obligation there is extra time for prayer and recreation.

Also, we have Gaudeamus days several times per year (Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Mother Superior’s feast day etc.) when we are dispensed from silence all day and have more time for recreation: skits, games, fishing, hiking and just being together as sisters in the Lord!

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Our Monastic Horarium

  1. Dear Sisters,
    Thank you for sharing about your daily schedule, although, I am sure that there probably any “typical” days in the monastery. It is a very great blessing to have so much time available to spend time with your greatest loves–Jesus and His Sorrowful Mother. I am sure, however, that the more time you spend with Jesus and Mary, the more time you wish to spend. What kind of classes do you study? Is the study always with a group or is it individual at times? I am also sure that everyone has their job to do to help the monastery run smoothly. The Monastic Horarium seems to me to be a desire to walk that delicate balance between being a Mary and a Martha as both are needed. The stills of the monastery are beautiful and all the sisters look happy–the love of Christ shines through!

  2. Thank you Sister for your attention! The life of the Monastery is beautiful!
    A hug. I ask for prayers,

    Daniela

  3. Hello Sister!

    The day in St. Gemma Monastery (in Brazil) is well similar, only matins is 1:30 a.m., in the moment that all persons are sleeping. It is very beautiful to be in company of the Jesus on this hour.

    In Jesus and Mary,

    *** The pictures are beautiful! ***

  4. This is so beautiful. You lead healthy lives dedicated wholly to Jesus. It must be a joy to live this way. Thank you for your prayers.

    Hannah, God bless you for your affirming words. It is a joy and a gift to be able to live this life – wholly centered in Jesus Christ – for the glory of the Holy Trinity! It is a privilege to dwell in this monastery for the sake of all people everywhere.

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