Liturgy in the Life of a Monk

Our entire monastic life invites us to become, in our day-to-day living, a song of praise to the glory of God who called us to Him and led us to the desert to listen to this wonderful silence where His love is told and unfolds. Our entire day becomes a sort of lovers’ walk where we, Him and us and us with Him, discover the joys of walking together and the grace of contemplating His work of salvation, which operates within us, between us and at the heart of the world.

The Sext Prayer

Our entire monastic life invites us to become, in our day-to-day living, a song of praise to the glory of God who called us to Him and led us to the desert to listen to this wonderful silence where His love is told and unfolds. Our entire day becomes a sort of lovers’ walk where we, Him and us and us with Him, discover the joys of walking together and the grace of contemplating His work of salvation, which operates within us, between us and at the heart of the world.

This is why the quality of our days is essentially defined by these moments of shared grace, that is, our times of community prayer, from the night office (before dawn) to the night prayer (after sunset), with the morning, midday and evening prayers in between. For us, chanting means praying twice, so we pray these privileged moments together by chanting.

At the heart of our choral prayer, the mysterious action of God operates within the most intimate depths of our being and within the even more mysterious action of our chants on God where all of creation and the vastness of humankind unfolds through the grace of He who wishes to make all things new for His glory and our greatest joy.

Our church and each of these moments of prayer with, at its core, the daily Eucharist, become havens of peace and renewal where retreatants and passers-by alike, those who simply stop to enjoy a moment of rest within our walls, can hear the chant of interior sources overflowing with life and let themselves be gently rocked by the voice of He who wishes to be so close to us that He seeks only to embrace our lives to have them reborn in His own.