Sr. Grace Marie
*Liturgy of the Hours
Each nun has the privilege of a daily hour of Eucharistic Adoration and weekly Nocturnal Adoration.
Beginning in the Egyptian desert with St. Anthony and the first hermits, religious life has developed over the centuries. From those solitary hermits grew communities of men and women dedicated to the pursuit of holiness and deep prayer. St. Benedict, the father of western monasticism, further distilled and adapted the pattern of life which had been established, giving us his famous Rule, which has been used as a guide by religious and laity alike for well over a thousand years.
All religious life is ordered by a daily horarium, (Latin for - of or from the hours) which gives structure and shape to each day. The horarium of each religious community is tailored to meet the needs of their apostolate and charism, but they are all built around the basics of religious life: Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, communal and private prayer, and times for work, study and recreation. In the varied expressions of religious life around the world we see another dimension of the Church's universality.
Our daily horarium is centered around the Blessed Sacrament, with Mass and Eucharistic Adoration being the foundation of each day. This prayerful time with Jesus animates our life, work, and recreation. In the summoning call of the bell the religious finds both a blessing and a cross. The structure given to each hour of the day conforms her to Jesus Crucified, as she learns to give up her own will in obedience to the schedule. This well ordered passing of time, as one day blends with the next almost seamlessly, brings the consecrated soul to the end of her life well prepared to meet Jesus, the Eternal Day.