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Prayer in the life of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus

The life of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus was sustained through Prayer. Prayer provided that encounter with the Lord each day enabling each member to be filled with the Love of Christ and find the inspiration they needed to live out the commandments to love God and one another.

In the life of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus the Divine Office, Lectio Divina, Collatio, the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament provided that encounter with Jesus Christ shaping the life of the community and enabling its members to be rooted in the love of Christ.

A Typical Week of Prayer in the life of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus

Sunday:
7.30 Personal Prayer
9.00 Choir Practice
10.00 Solemn Eucharist
19.00 Solemn Vespers or Rosary Procession

Monday:
7.00 Personal Prayer
19.00 Rosary
19.30 Holy Eucharist

Tuesday , Wednesday
7.00 Lauds
7.30 Lectio Divina & Collatio
18.00 Vespers
19.00 Holy Eucharist

Thursday
7.00 Lauds
7.30 Lectio Divina & Collatio
18.00 Vespers
19.00 Holy Eucharist
19.30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (with Taize chants)

Friday
7.00 Lauds
7.30 Lectio Divina & Collatio
18.00 Vespers
19.00 Holy Eucharist
19.30 Prayer around the Cross (with Taize chants)

Saturday
7.00 Personal Prayer
12.00 The Angelus
20.00 Prayer Vigil – Lectio Divina & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (with Taize chants)

Additional Times of Prayer & Variations:
At the Abbot’s discretion from Tuesday to Friday – Midday Prayer (13.00), Compline (22.00).
All the above hours were subject to change to cater for the daily needs of the community.

Some Explanations:

The Divine Office (or The Liturgy of the Hours) is the official set of daily prayers recited by the Catholic Church by clergy, religious orders and the laity. The Divine Office consists primarily of psalms supplemented by hymns and readings.

Lectio Divina 
is Latin for spiritual reading and represents a traditional Christian practice of prayer with scripture intended to promote communion with God. Through praying with Scripture we can reflect on how we need to change our thoughts, words and actions to reflect those of Jesus Christ in our daily lives. Within the tradition of the Monastic Family Fraternity of Jesus this took the form of an exhortation from the Abbot helping each member of the community to ask themselves how they were going to live God’s Word.

Collatio is a Latin word for a shared meal to which everyone contributes and in which we all share. Here the feast is God’s Word in the Scriptures. It is a time of faith-sharing in the light of God’s Word.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is when Jesus, present in the consecrated host, is taken from the Tabanacle and placed in a monstrance on the Altar for Adoration.

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