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Liturgy (...Ora...)

The mission of Contemplative Benedictines is always and everywhere to pray. How is this possible? St. Benedict himself gives us the clue. Prayer is call and response.

We must listen with the "ear of our heart" to the voice of God inviting us to follow him. Monastic life demands not only the discipline of stopping whatever one is doing when the bell rings to summon the community for formal prayer, but learning to regard one's work, study, community interactions, and encounters with guests, indeed all that one does, as part of a continual dialogue with God.

The Benedictine nuns of the Abbey Our Lady of the Assumption retains the observance of the full Divine Office, as originally prescribed by St. Benedict, gathering as a community seven times during the day to sing the psalms of Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline.

Through Lectio Divina and study we see by analogy these same mysteries incarnated in our daily lives as we work together in monastic community. The texts of the Chant never lose touch with the
fact that the life of faith is built upon the truth of human experience, providing a secret wellspring for the music's unfailing vitality.

An usual day’s agenda begins with early morning psalms, followed by the conventual Mass; Each day we celebrate Mass at 7:00 a.m. (on Sundays at 07:45), centering the day in the Eucharist. This daily participation in the sacramental presence of the body of Christ is then taken into every aspect of our life. Within the containment of the enclosure we have the chance to immerse ourselves in the pattern of the life of Jesus, Son of Mary, throughout the whole year.

Bells ring during the day, calling the nuns to the Church. They chant the psalms in timeless monastic tradition. The Angelus-prayer, three times a day, is observed wherever they may be. In the afternoon the Nuns gather to study music and theology.
At nightfall they hear the Abbess, Mother Marianna Pinto, read from and comment on from the Rule of Benedict.
Then, after the prayer of Compline, Mother Abbess blesses with holy water the Nuns and whatever guests may be there.
The focus on prayer and work takes self-discipline and love. It grounds the personality in a most important way.

St. Benedict in his Rule for Monks and Nuns calls the Monastery a school for the Lord’s service.

His use of the word school is most significant and it indicates a place where development and growth, human, intellectual and spiritual, are nurtured. Here is to be found the reason why the Benedictine Abbeys have formed through the centuries an uncountable number of people leaders in Church and society life.
But the learning growth and development have a purpose, a goal.
The Nun is not merely in the Monastery  to gain qualifications, but to reach the full maturity of Christian life. “My house will be called a House of Prayer for all the peoples” (Is 56:7).

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