The Fathers' Schedule

This is a timetable of a typical week-day for a cloister monk at the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration. In grey are the conventual Offices in the Chapel.

Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Complines name the Offices which punctuate the day, about every two hours. Each canonical Office is accompanied (either preceeded or followed) by the Office of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.


11:30pm Rise  
11:45pm In cell Matins of the Blessed Virgin
12:15am To Church Night Office : Matins followed by Lauds - Lasts between 2 and 3 hours
  On return to cell Lauds of the Blessed Virgin; to bed
6:30am Rise  
6:45am In cell Prime - Prayer or spiritual reading from scripture
7:45am To Church Angelus
7:45am In Church Conventual mass
  On return to cell Free time - Spiritual reading (Lectio Divina) and study
10:00am In cell Terce
10:45am Study or Manual Work No manual work before Terce. It can be done morning and afternoon, or all at once.
11:45am Angélus - Sext Recitation of the Office of Sext
  Meal- Recreation The time of recreation may be employed freely. reading, working, gardening, or enjoying the sun.....when it shines.
2:00pm None Recitation of the Office of None - Reading and study
3:15pm Manual Work (1hr) The time accorded to each depends on the individual in negociation with his Superior. (Prior or Novice Master)
4:00pm Vespers of Our Lady Praise to God with the Virgin Mary.
4:15pm In church once a week Office of the Dead
4:45   Free time
5:00pm To Church Vespers
  On return to cell Free time - light evening meal
7:00pm Angélus - Compline Recitation of Complines, the last Office of the day.
8:00pm Bedtime Advisable before 8:15pm.