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Benedict of Nursia


He was born in Nursia in Italy around A.D. 480. living out an extraordinary life of holiness amongst the people of his time. His followers today seek to emulate the holiness of life he led hence the Order of St Benedict. More

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Benedictine Prayer
Monks at prayer Outdoors during a monastic profession ceremony In the Prologue of the Rule, in verse four, Benedict writes, "First, when you set out to do some good work, beg him with most insistent prayer to bring it to completion" (RB Prol:4).

The Sacrifice of the Holy Mass
The Eucharist or the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass as it is for all Catholics is the centre of monastic life and forms an inelienable part of the daily prayer of the monks

The Divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours)
"Seven times a day will I praise you O Lord". These words of the Psalmist declears another integral part of the monastic prayer. The Divine Office together with the Holy Mass, make up the most of the monks' commmunity prayers. At the heart of the Liturgy of the Hours are the psalms, those 150 ancient but ever new expressions of human desire to praise the Creator. Singing and reciting the psalms prepare the monk for hearing the Word of God in readings from the Bible and spiritual authors, culminating in prayers of petition and praise.

Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is the most distinctive form of Benedictine prayer. In Lectio Divina, monks read, ponder and pray with Scripture a given time of the day. This is one community funtion that is either performed by the monks as a group or individually. In his Rule, Saint Benedict set aside the best part of the day for the brothers/sisters to engage in this practice. Monks today are still expected to do their lectio daily. Helping a newcomer learn how to do lectio is a major element of initial monastic formation. 


 

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