3:40 AM | Rise
4:00 AM | Vigils followed by Meditation, Lectio Divina or private prayer
5:30 AM | Breakfast available
6:30-7:00 AM | Lauds
7:30 AM | Eucharist, followed by 15 minutes thanksgiving -Grand Silence Ends-
8:35-11:30 AM | Morning Work Period
12:00 PM | Mid-Day Prayer, followed by Dinner and None
1-1:40 PM | Optional Siesta
1:45-3:30 PM | Afternoon Work Period
5-5:30 PM | Supper
6-6:30 PM | Vespers
7:30 PM | Compline -Grand Silence Begins-
8:00 PM | Retire
Sunday Schedule is the same except:
10:00 AM | Eucharist
5-6 PM | Vespers & Benediction, followed by supper
Our Daily Life
The framework which supports monastic prayer, the dialogue of listening and response, is the opus Dei or the Liturgy of the Hours. The “Hours” are those fixed times during the day and night when the monks gather to give voice to that inner song of God’s praise found in every human heart. In ancient times there were no clocks or digital watches. The different hours of the day were more like moments which rooted the monks in the “now” of their day. At these “still points,” the voices of the community bring to consciousness this inner song.
The format of the various hours is uniform and simple: an opening verse asking God’s assistance in prayer, a hymn appropriate for the day or liturgical season, several psalms from the Old Testament, a reading from Scripture and a concluding prayer. For the two hinge hours of the day, Lauds and Vespers, a response to the Scripture reading is sung, as is the Canticle of Zechariah at Lauds and the Canticle of Mary at Vespers. Thus God’s Word takes flesh in our human words so that we in turn might become the word of God.
Can you make a donation to Mepkin?
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
The fear that God can only love me if I am perfect is grounded in what isn’t true. God made us to love us for all eternity. It is in responding to God’s love and loving God that we grow into our true selves.