EREMITAE DISCALCEATI DOMINAE NOSTRAE DE MONTE CARMELO
A Roman Catholic diocesan religious community in full communion with the Holy See that follows the unmitigated observance of the ancient Carmelite charism in its contemplative form.
- 12:00 a.m. Rise
- 12:15 a.m. Matins & Lauds
1:45 a.m. Mental Prayer
According to the original observance of the Discalced Reform of the Carmelites and the discipline in the contemplative Holy Deserts, the Hermits have their first hour of silent Mental Prayer following the nightly liturgical offices either before the Tabernacle in the Chapel or in the Oratory of their Cells. Then they retire back to sleep by 3:00 AM.
- 6:00 a.m. Rise
6:15 a.m. Mental Prayer
In the morning, the Hermits have a second hour of Mental Prayer in the solitude of the Oratory in their Cells. Prayer in the solitude of the Cell and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel are mutually enriching and bring the Hermits to a deeper union with Christ.
- 7:30 a.m. - Prime & Terce
8:15 a.m. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
The heart of the religious life is in deep union with Christ and Our Lady in the worship of God. This union culminates in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which makes present the redemptive mystery of the Sacrifice of the Cross. Each day the Hermits strive to live and imitate that supreme mystery of sacrifice and charity by giving themselves entirely to divine worship and the love of God and neighbor.
9:15 a.m. Spiritual Reading
Prolonging the recollection from Holy Mass and Communion, the Hermits apply themselves to spiritual reading, which is an essential nourishment for prayer and ongoing formation in the school of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the imitation of Christ. Illuminated and inspired by the traditional teachings of the saints and Doctors of the Church, the Hermits advance in living obedience to the Word of God and perfect worship in spirit and truth.
10:00 a.m. Manual Labor
Physical labor is ordered to the spiritual work that is the soul of the Carmelite vocation in the heart of the Church. By exercising their bodies in hard manual labor and humble service, the Hermits practice fraternal charity, grow in virtue, perform penance, and better dispose themselves for prayer and study. To preserve the integrity and fullness of their contemplative vocation and religious observance, the Hermits operate no business.
- 1:00 p.m. Sext & None, Examen & Angelus
- 1:30 p.m. Monastic Dinner
- 2:30 p.m. Rest
3:45 p.m. Vespers
The Hermits chant Vespers of the Divine Office in the Chapel. On Sundays and feast days the Divine Office is more solemnly sung. The Anchorites in the monastery pray the hours of the Divine Office mostly in the sacred solitude of their Cells, except for Sundays and feast days.
- 4:15 p.m. Classes, Reading, or Manual Work
5:30 p.m. Compline
The Hermits chant Compline of the Divine Office in the Chapel. At this time Grand Silence begins throughout the Monastery until Holy Mass on the following day, fostering recollection and prayer. The observance of silence is also part of charity towards neighbor in helping him to be undistracted and focused on the things of God and His grace in the soul.
6:00 p.m. Mental Prayer
Hidden with Christ in God, Mental Prayer is at the heart of the Hermit's vocation to live in union with the divine Savior and His Mother. In the evening the Hermits have a third hour of Mental Prayer in their Cells or with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel.
- 7:00 p.m. Collation or Meal
- 7:30 p.m. Free Time
- 7:45 p.m. Reading
- 9:30 p.m. Retire