Liturgy and Prayer

Liturgy of the Hours

“Nothing is to be preferred to the Opus Dei, the Work of God” (Rule of Benedict Ch. 43). For Benedictine monastics this is the Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer form that is central to the life of the community and prayed three times a day. Based on the psalms, it is a means for God to be praised, a vehicle for the needs of all people in every part of the world to be remembered, and an opportunity for members to be shaped and changed.

Liturgy and Prayer Schedule

Sunday Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.
Morning Praise: 6:30 a.m. weekdays; 8:30 a.m. weekends
Evening Praise: 5:30 p.m.
(During Lent and Advent, Saturday Vigil is at 7:00 p.m.)

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Why we read from the Rule of Benedict

The Rule of Benedict is a spiritual guide, rare by virtue of its ancient origins, valued for its continuing meaningfulness in every century since. It is wisdom literature. It stresses the need and nature of real community. It brings the rhythm and ointment of prayer. The Rule brings a life based on the equality and reverence that a world in search of peace requires. — The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister, OSB


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Setting the Environment

Posted on October 15, 2018
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The Sunday Eucharist has been at the heart of the Church's liturgical calendar for over 103,200 consecutive weeks.*

Much planning goes into every celebration of the Eucharist. On one recent Sunday I counted at least 21 people who were either involved in the planning or participated in some other way that day (other than being part of the assembly), such as musicians, readers, greeters, Eucharistic Ministers, and priest. In anticipation, our chapel is transformed each and every Saturday afternoon.

One thing we do to acknowledge this special occasion is to place flowers in front of the altar and ambo. We are particularly blessed to have such a variety from which to choose, growing right here on our grounds. One person each week is assigned the task of “setting the environment” and depending on the time of year, that can mean you have your pick from an abundance of fresh daffodils, tulips, hydrangeas, day lilies, cosmos, roses, etc. We may be nearing the end of an extended stretch of Ordinary Time; however, there is simple yet noble beauty that adorns our chapel each Sunday.

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Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3
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CosmosDay lilies

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Sister Karen Oprenchok, author of Liturgy from A to Z posts, is a scholastic in initial monastic formation.