Rule of St. Benedict The daily life of the monks of St. Benedict and the customary of the house. The Rule provides the general framework and spirituality for our daily schedule, and the customary provides details which may change as situations warrant. Some parts of the Rule are not followed in our modern era, but the spirit of the Rule can be followed in every age because it is based on the Gospel.
At twenty-five past five on weekdays, an hour later on Sunday, a bell rings throughout the monastery as a signal for the monks to leave their beds and prepare for the first activity of the day which, appropriately for men who put God at their centre, is to gather in the Abbey Church for prayer. The night is far gone, the day is at hand. The office of readings begins with the psalm most suited to be out first prayer of the day: Come in; let us bow and bend low; let us kneel before the God who made us for He is our God and we the people who belong to His pasture, the flock that is led by His hand. O that today you would listen to His voice! Psalm
Our life as monks at the Abbey is a gentle and regular rhythm of prayer and work. In addition to gathering six times each day to pray together, we spend time alone in contemplative prayer, spiritual reading lectio divina and personal devotions. Silence is diligently cultivated in the monastery, especially at night, to maintain a prayerful quiet in the house of God and in the souls of the monks. The Hours of the Divine Office are chanted in common with the Eucharist as the high point of our monastic day. Nothing is to be preferred to the liturgical prayer of the Church.
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They are also sometimes called the Black Monks , in reference to the colour of the members' religious habits. Despite being called an order, the Benedictines do not operate under a single hierarchy but are instead organised as a collection of independent monastic communities , with each community monastery , priory or abbey within the order maintaining its autonomy. Unlike other religious orders, the Benedictines do not have a superior general or motherhouse with universal jurisdiction. Instead, the order is represented internationally by the Benedictine Confederation , an organisation that was set up in to represent the order's shared interests.