Timetable

 

4:45 Rise
5:15 VIGILS
Half an hour of private prayer follows Vigils; Angelus rung as bell for Lauds
LAUDS
Breakfast (c. 7.35-7.50) Church bell for PRIME
Lectio Divina
9:30 MASS with TERCE
Novitiate: lesson then work
Community: work
12:43 Angelus
12:50 SEXT
Dinner

 

Washing up/vegetable preparation
Recreation
2:40 NONE
Novitiate: Office preparation, work, study
Community: work
4:45 Tea
5:00 VESPERS
Lesson and/or lectio
6:25 Private prayer then Angelus
7:00 Supper
Washing up
Recreation
8:00 COMPLINE followed by the Great Silence
Lectio Divina
9:20 Curfew

The monastic timetable is part of the way we live a balanced life.  It is made up of the three elements laid down by St Benedict: prayer, lectio divina (the slow, prayerful reading of Scripture and other books) and manual work.  These three elements interpenetrate  and mutually enrich each other, making our whole life a prayer and leading to a wholeness of being.