The monastic day begins at 4.00 am with the Office of Vigils; this is a service of psalms and readings from Scripture and from the Church Fathers that sets the tone for the monk’s day – inviting him to be formed by God’s word. The first hours of the day is a privileged period for prolonger personal prayer and sacred reading.
At 6.00 am the monks gather for the Office of Lauds and the community celebration of the Eucharist. After Mass there is an interval of an hour during which the monks again have the opportunity to immerse themselves in sacred reading. At some stage in the morning the monks take their breakfast individually and in silence.
At 8.00 am the Office of Terce is celebrated. After this the monks work for about three hours: some on the beef farm, some in the Eucharistic Breads department, some in house cleaning and maintenance. Others are at work in the guest house or in the bursar’s office; this is also the time for classes and study for those in formation.
On Sundays the program is slightly different with the Community Eucharist celebrated at 10.00 am to facilitate the attendance of guests and visitors.