Personal Prayer

The Opus Dei and the Eucharist form the main part of the liturgy within the monastery. The personal prayer life of the monks is however an essential component within the whole structure of the liturgy, for the liturgy without personal prayer becomes dry and meaningless and in the same way, the liturgy itself is often the source or basis for personal prayer.

There are two extended periods of personal prayer, after Vigils in the morning and after Vespers in the evening. Personal prayer varies from person to person, but at its most basic it is a time to be still and become aware of God’s presence and to remain there.

Personal prayer is not limited to these times, but as St Benedict says, the monks should be ever mindful of the presence of God.