Life at St. Benedict’s is structured around prayer. We first establish the times for prayer; then we plan the rest of the day’s activities. Prayer is the anchor. We begin the day with the Night Office or the prayer of Vigils, rising before dawn to keep watch for the Lord on behalf of all humanity.
Rise for Vigils* (quiet community prayer of listening to scripture and other readings)
Personal Time for reading, study, prayer, breakfast, etc.
Lauds* (morning prayer) and Mass*
Sext (short midday prayer) and dinner (vegetarian)
None (short afternoon prayer)
Free time for lectio divina or a short siesta
Work or study and lectio divina
Informal Supper taken in silence
Vespers* and Compline* (evening prayer)
Great Silence (until after morning Mass)