"My house shall be called a house of prayer."
The Sisters seek to live a life of unceasing prayer where the awareness of the presence of God is never far away and is always close. The primary forms of prayer prayed by the Sisters are Liturgical and Contemplative. Each form nourishes and supports the other.
Our life of prayer finds its heartbeat in the praying of the Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours. It is the official prayer of the Church and it flows from the the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the source and summit of all Christian life and prayer.
It is the Sisters’ primary duty and responsibility to pray daily in community all seven hours of the Divine Office. The General Instructions of the Liturgy of the Hours reads “The purpose of the Liturgy of the Hours includes the sanctification of the day and of the whole range of human activity” and “inspires and deepens…the dispositions necessary for the fruitful celebration of the Eucharist”.
Contemplative prayer can most easily be understood as a simple but deep awareness of God’s presence. It is this awareness and connection with God, the most Holy Trinity, that we seek to permeate all our prayer whether vocal, mental, or our prayer while working and even playing.
Great spiritual writers speak of its gradual development and acknowledge that as with all good things it is a gift from God but we must dispose ourselves to receive it and cultivate it with discipline in a regular prayer life and the exercise of virtue.
The Sisters have two half hour periods each day in community in the Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament dedicated to exercising this specific form of prayer. In it the mind is consciously quieted to better hear and experience the presence of God. The Sisters are free to use mental prayer especially some form of Lectio Divina, meditating on Holy Scripture to assist entering that beautiful and sublime sacred silence. These two half hour periods are faithfully exercised each day in community before Lauds (Morning Prayer) and after Vespers (Evening Prayer).
Of still great assistance and indeed a necessity for Dominicans in the life of prayer is the life of study which is also seen as a form of mental and contemplative prayer. The Sisters have up to two hours a day in which they may engage in private spiritual reading and study.