A Day Centered In Prayer
At nearly every hour of the day, there is at least one sister awake and in prayer. Most of us rise well before dawn and begin praying in the dark, silent hours of the night. We devote the time before Morning Prayer to personal prayer, lectio divina, spiritual reading, and scripture study. Sisters may also take breakfast and exercise during this period.
8:00 am: Morning Prayer
This is our first communal gathering of the day. We dedicate ourselves and the new day to God’s service and glory, and we give thanks for God’s gift of light: our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
8:20 am: Eucharistic Adoration
We spend this time before the Blessed Sacrament or in private prayer, in preparation for the Eucharistic Celebration.
9:00 am: Eucharistic Celebration
The Mass is the pinnacle of our daily prayer. We celebrate, together with friends and visitors, the saving life of Jesus Christ in the Word and in the breaking of the bread.
Note: on days when a priest is not available, we have a private Communion Service at this time.
10:00 am: Morning Work
We put on our aprons and begin the daily “work of our hands.”
Whether we are chopping vegetables for dinner, packing altar breads for parishes, cleaning, or working in the yard, we continue our conversation with God; our work becomes part of our prayer.
12:00 pm: Office of Readings
We pray the Angelus and then the Office of Readings. In our community, the Office of Readings includes an extended period of silence for personal prayer, reflection, and reading.
Followed by Dinner together
Dinner is our main meal, and we gather together to give thanks and to enjoy each other’s company in conversation and lots of laughter.