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A Monk’s Day

“The brothers should have specified periods of manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”
(Rule of St. Benedict, 48:1b)

The daily schedule of the monks of Conception Abbey

In Chapter 48 of his Rule, St. Benedict outlines the daily schedule of prayer and work for his monks. The monastic horarium, or schedule, is the heartbeat of the monastic community. It is the structure in which the monastery functions as an institution and punctuates the specified times for giving thanks and praise to God. The schedule is the rhythm of our daily life that gradually forms us into what Christ has called us to be, which is men seeking holiness and constant conversion towards God. It is through our common life together of prayer, work, lectio, and community that we are made whole – whether you are a young man considering a religious vocation or someone seeking to live more fully in God’s presence, you are welcome to take a glimpse into our daily schedule, where we find God.

The daily schedule of the monks of Conception Abbey

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