NOVICE:

The Liturgy of the Hours is the most essential of all the daily activities for the monks. Saint Benedict talked about it in his Rule when he stated: “Let nothing be put before the Work of God”. It takes place in a way specified and confirmed by the Church in order to be fully in accord with the Church’s magisterial mission. This liturgical task cannot be left to changing enthusiasms or moods. That’s why we perform it together at specific times in the choir pews. In order to avoid overdoing things, Saint Benedict commissions us: “In community, let prayer be very short… it is not in saying a great deal that we shall be heard, but in purity of heart and in tears of compunction”.  In that way monks maintain the correct balance while opening themselves up to divine inspiration. “Our prayer, therefore, ought to be short and pure, unless it happens to be prolonged by an inspiration of divine grace”.  In this way the collective Liturgy of the Hours is supplemented by personal prayer. Every day the monks in our monastery spend about three hours praying together, along with the Lectio Divina, the Eucharist adorations, the rosary, Stations of the Cross etc.  Each monk strives, according to divine inspiration and his own abilities, to keep his heart permanently with God, not just during prayers but also at work and rest.

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