Our daily schedule focuses on the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours), which we sing or chant together in Chapel. All other activities flow around these Liturgical prayers. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated Daily and is the center of contemplative life.
Office of Readings
Three psalms are chanted and two or three readings follow. The first reading is a selection of Sacred Scripture. The second reading is an excerpt from the Early Fathers of the Church, a portion of documents of Vatican II, or from the lives of the Saints. The third reading is that of the Saint of the day.
Silence pervades a very simple meal
We seek God through silence. One ponders the Words of Scripture remaining always in God's presence by listening in silence. First of two meditation periods done in common in Chapel.
Lauds (Morning Prayer)
Psalms of praise to God as we marvel of His greatness.
Terce stands for the 3rd hour of the day and is the first of three hours known as the “little hours” of the Divine Office. Liturgical custom links these smaller hours to the commemoration of the events of our Lord’s Passion and of the first preaching of the Gospel.
Mass is celebrated daily at the Monastery and is the source and summit of our whole life in Christ.
We read and discuss the Encyclicals, Dominican Life, Scripture, Theology, Spirituality, etc. Special classes are for Novices.
10: 30 a.m.
Work is God's gift to us; a call to reach new heights. Each religious executes the work of the monastery (sewing, cooking, baking, cleaning, administrative) and whatever particular work of a personal talent (art work, music, etc.).
Early monasticism counted the hours of daylight. This is the sixth hour of the day (midday). Sanctifying the day in praise of God with scripture psalms and a short reading.
Our main meal of the day. Usually eaten in silence while listening to a recording of Gregorian Chant, Lives of the Saints, Spirituality or Holy Scripture. In the Summer months, the meal is eaten outdoors.
This is the first of two periods of recreation. Sisters are free to use the time personally or to recreate with the other sisters, taking walks or engaging in light conversation.
Each Sister retires to her cell for rest and spiritual reading.
This is the ninth hour of the day (mid-afternoon). Sanctifying the day in praise of God with scripture psalms and a short reading.
Five decades recited together in Chapel. According to tradition, the devotion of the Rosary was spread by St. Dominic in the thirteenth century.
Proper formation for chanting the psalms makes for a richer and more fruitful prayer.
Private Study Hour
This great prayer ends the final Hours (times of the day) of Liturgical prayer and is prayed in singing God's praises.
Second of two meditation periods done in common in Chapel.
The Sisters gather for laughter and fun.
Retire... Profound Silence
The final prayer is sung. Processions close the day honoring Our Lady and St. Dominic our Founder.
Sisters retire to their cells where they can read quietly and take a night's rest.