Liturgy & Prayer Hours

Let us, therefore, listen to the Psalms and recognize in them the voice of Christ.
—St Benedict

The Liturgy has been at the heart of community life since the beginning of Western Monasticism founded by St. Benedict himself. All of the other events of daily life give way to the primacy of the liturgy of the hours known as The Divine Office, (Lectio Divina). And in a monastery, the principal liturgy is first the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. Mass is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of The Roman Rite of Saint Pius X. Then the Liturgy of the Hours throughout the day. The Monks arise before dawn and enter the church to offer Morning Prayer. And the monks return throughout the day to offer communal prayer known as the Canonical hours established by Saint Benedict. The Divine Office is chanted in Latin and sung in Gregorian Chant throughout the seven Canonical hours of the day. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is a fundamental value of the Monks life. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated before Vespers of Each Saturday and Sunday.

The Community of Saint Benedict is a community of monks striving to live a simple, genuine and full monastic life according to the Scriptures and the Rule of St.Benedict. As members of The Benedictine Congregation of The Holy Spirit, we seek to remain faithful to our authentic tradition continually revitalized by the Holy Spirit. We are committed to honor and glorify God through the harmonious balance of prayer, study work and hospitality.  We recognize our affinity with all who follow the monastic way of life, especially those who are part of the Benedictine tradition. Called together by God to a community of fraternal love, we believe our life itself to be apostolic and in the context of the church and the world community, we seek to serve all God’s people. United in faith, we  celebrate God’s kingdom through prayer, life in common and work.

“The Church has felt the need, down the centuries and in her encounters with Different cultures, to celebrate the Eucharist in a setting worthy of so great a mystery.” —(Ecclesia de Eucharistia) John Paul II

A Monks Day

  • 6:30 am – Breakfast
  • 7:00-8:00 am – Conventual Mass / Latin Rite-Extraordinary Form
  • 8:30-11:00 am – Manual Labor / Each monk has specific duties
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Meditation or Private Time
  • 2:30-5:00 pm – Manual Labor
  • 6:00 pm Supper – Interval For Private Time
  • 8:00pm – Private Time & Retire
  • 8:30pm – Eucharistic Vigil / The Night Watch

Schedule

Monday – Friday
  • 4:30 am – Vigils (morning prayer)
  • 6:00 am – Lauds (day prayer)
  • 7:00 am – Conventual Daily Mass
  • 12:15 pm – Sext (midday prayer)
  • 2:00 pm – None (afternoon prayer)
  • 5:30 pm – Vespers (evening prayer)
  • 7:00 pm – Rosary
  • 7:15 pm – Compline (final prayer of the day)
  • 8:30 pm – Grand Silence Begins / Eucharistic Vigil
Saturday, Sunday & Feast Days
  • 6:15 am – Vigils
  • 6:45 am – Lauds
  • 10:20 am – Terce
  • 10:30 am – Conventual Mass
  • 12:15 pm – Sext
  • 2:15 pm – None
  • 5:30 pm – Vespers
  • 7:00 pm – Rosary
  • 7:15 pm – Compline, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:30 pm – Grand Silence Begins / Eucharistic Vigil