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A day in the life of a Carthusian

This is a timetable of a typical week-day for a cloister monk. An average day which will vary from house to house, from monk to monk, and from one day to another. In grey are the conventual Offices in the Chapel.

Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers et Complines name the Offices which punctuate the day. Each canonical Office is accompanied (either preceeded or followed) by the Office of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.

Time Object Precisions
11h30pm Rise
Prayer in Cell
This nocturnal prayer in solitude is particularly appreciated by many.
0h15am Matins followed by Lauds In the Chapel. This office last two to three hours depending on the day or the Feast.
Lauds of our Lady In cell. Praise to God with the Virgin Mary. Then back to sleep.
6h30am Rise The time is approximate. To be ready for Prime.
7h00am Prime - Angelus After the Angelus, the time is consecrated to Prayer or Lectio Divina (e.g. prepartion of the Mass readings).
8h00am Conventual Mass In the Chapel.
Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is a meditative reading of the Bible. This time can also be used for prayer.
10h00am Terce Approximatively every two hours an Office is recited : Terce is one of them.
Study or Manual Work No manual work before Terce. It can be done morning and afternoon, or all at once.
12h00am Angélus
Recitation of the Office of Sext
Meal - Recreation The time of recreation may be employed freely. reading, working, gardening, or enjoying the sun… when it shines.
2h00pm None Recitation of the Office of None
Manual Work (1 hr) Study The time accorded to each depends on the individual in negociation with his Superior. (Prior or Novice Master)
4h00pm Vespers of Our Lady Praise to God with the Virgin Mary.
4h15pm Vespers In Church
Reading - Prayer
Reading of the Bible, a spiritual writer, or other appropriate material. The collation is a light meal, taken any time between Vespers and Complines.
6h45pm Angélus - Complines Recitation of Complines, the last Office of the day.
7h30pm Bedtime Advisable before 8h00pm.
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