The Monks' Prayer

"To devote oneself frequently to prayer."

The Rule of Saint Benedict, chapter 4.

The Monks' Prayer


The Cistercian monk is a man who knows he is called to a life of prayer.
Prayer takes various forms in his life.
There is the so-called prayer of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours. It is the great prayer of the Church which the monastic community celebrates, from Vigils in the heart of the night :

"Lord, you will open my lips; and my mouth will proclaim your praise."
until Compline before retiring for the evening.
Besides, in the morning and in the evening, with the Major Hours of Lauds and Vespers, monks join the prayer of the Church, the people of God called to praise and supplication.
Monks also celebrate the Little Hours (Terce, Sext, None) which express how much all of life is imbued with prayer.
Finally, all brothers are assembled in the choir for the Eucharist which is the heart of the monastic day, the source and the culmination of all the life of the Church, of the Work of God.

Each monk also devotes time during the day to personal prayer often called orison.
It is definitely a deep and intimate experience, giving oneself up into the Father’s hands, intimacy with the Lord Jesus, a smooth and peaceful submission to the Holy Spirit. It is up to each monk to let himself be led into that prayer to which he is called through his baptism.
In his continuous search of God, the monk also goes to the scriptorium for Lectio Divina, where he is supported by the silent presence of his brothers. It is first and foremost a spiritual meditative reading of the Word of God written in the Bible and also of the words of men and women who have brought it within our reach, the Doctors of the Church and of the monastic tradition, past and present.
All of that naturally leads the monk to live his days in what the elders called "continuous prayer" which is usually a jaculatory prayer springing forth spontaneously as a cry of love :

"Jesus, have mercy on me !"
"Glory to you, O Lord !"
The fruit of those various forms of prayer is to lead the monk, little by little, into inner silence where words are no longer needed : there is only the whisper of the Spirit in the heart of the monk in whom the Holy Spirit dwells.

Cistercian Hymns

"And no one shall presume to sing or read
unless he can fulfill that office in such a way as to edify the hearers."

The Rule of Saint Benedict, chapter 47.

Cistercian Hymns


Here is what the General Instruction of the Divine Office says about hymns :

"A very ancient tradition gives hymns the place in the office that they still retain. By their mystical and poetic character they are specifically designed for God's praise. But they also are an element for the people ; in fact more often than the other parts of the office the hymns bring out the proper theme of individual hours or feasts and incline and draw the spirit to a devout celebration. The beauty of their language often adds to this power. Furthermore, in the office hymns are the main poetic element created by the Church" (n°173).
The liturgical reform precisely allowed the writing of new hymns and that is the reason why the "Commission Francophone Cistercienne" (CFC) got started into writing, together with other authors.
For example, Brother Paul has composed hymns and we sing some of them at the office :

Prayer Requests

"And never despair of God's mercy."

The Rule of Saint Benedict, chapter 4.

Prayer Requests


Very often people say to us :

"Pray for me ; pray for my family"
In that request, lies the firm belief in the role of monks and especially in the ministry and the service of prayer. Thus, we invite you to send us your prayer requests. They will be brought to the brothers’ attention during our liturgical service. This way we express our deep communion and our solidarity with the people of God.

You can send us your prayer requests by Mail : intentions.prieres@abbaye-timadeuc.fr or

Also, if you ask for it, a priest-monk can include a prayer request in the Eucharist. For instance a mass for a deceased person, a relative, a friend.
Or else a Thanksgiving mass for a golden or silver wedding, a priestly jubilee or a particular intention such as a recovery.
The celebration of mass is free of charge and is priceless. But the faithful, from the start, have wanted to show that sharing the Eucharist involves the whole being, just as Christ fully committed himself, giving his life to free us from sin and from death and to offer us eternal life. Hence their offerings, either in kind (the origin of the Offertory) or in cash in order to provide for the expenses of worship, to support the priests and the life of the Church. Currently, the amount of the stipend is 17 € for a request for a mass. You can also ask for a novena (9 masses in a row : 170 €) or for Gregorian masses (30 masses on 30 consecutive days : 600 €).

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CISTERCIAN ORDO

"NOTHING IS TO BE PREFERRED TO THE WORK OF GOD."

The Rule of Saint Benedict, chapter 43.

Cistercian Ordo



Tue 1
Wed 2
Thu 3 St Francis Xavier, Priest, † 1552 Memorial
Fri 4
Sat 5
Sun 6 2nd Sunday of Advent
Mon 7 St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 397 Memorial
Tue 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
Wed 9
Thu 10
Fri 11
Sat 12
Sun 13 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)
Mon 14 St John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 1591 Memorial
Tue 15
Wed 16
Thu 17 - O Sapientia -
Fri 18 - O Adonai -
Sat 19 - O Radix Iesse -
Sun 20 - O Clavis David -
Mon 21 - O Oriens -
Tue 22 - O Rex gentium -
Wed 23 - O Emmanuel -
Thu 24

Fri

25
CHRISTMAS
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Solemnity
Sat 26 St Stephen, the first Martyr Feast
Sun 27 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Feast
Mon 28 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs Feast
Tue 29
Wed 30
Thu 31
Fri 1 Mary, the Holy Mother of God Solemnity
Sat 2 Sts Basil the Great, † 379 and Gregory Nazianzen, † around 389, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Memorial
Sun 3 The Epiphany of the Lord Solemnity
Mon 4
Tue 5
Wed 6
Thu 7
Fri 8
Sat 9
Sun 10 The Baptism of the Lord Feast

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11
ORDINARY TIME
1st week in Ordinary Time
Tue 12 St Ælred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Abbot, † 1167 Memorial
Wed 13 St Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 367 Memorial
Thu 14
Fri 15 Sts Maur and Placid, Disciples of our St Benedict, † 6th century Memorial
Sat 16
Sun 17 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 18
Tue 19
Wed 20
Thu 21 St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, † 305 Memorial
Fri 22
Sat 23
Sun 24 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 25 The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle Feast
Tue 26 Sts Robert, Alberic and Stephen, Abbots and Founders of the Cistercian Order Solemnity
Wed 27 Sts Timothy and Titus, Bishops Memorial
Thu 28 St Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 1274 Memorial
Fri 29
Sat 30
Sun 31 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 1
Tue 2 The Presentation of the Lord Feast
Wed 3
Thu 4
Fri 5 St Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, † 251 Memorial
Sat 6 St Paul Miki and his Companions, Martyrs, † 1597 Memorial
Sun 7 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 8
Tue 9
Wed 10 Ste Scholastica, Virgin Memorial
Thu 11 Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial
Fri 12
Sat 13
Sun 14 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Wed

17
LENT
Ash Wednesday
Thu 18
Fri 19
Sat 20
Sun 21 1st Sunday of Lent
Mon 22 The Chair of St Peter, The Apostle Feast
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Sat 27
Sun 28 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mon 1
Tue 2
Wed 3
Thu 4
Fri 5
Sat 6
Sun 7 3rd Sunday of Lent
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Fri 12
Sat 13
Sun 14 4th Sunday of Lent (Lætare Sunday)
Mon 15
Tue 16
Wed 17
Thu 18 The Dedication ot Vannes Cathedral (1499) Feast
Fri 19 St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
Sat 20
Sun 21 5th Sunday of Lent
Mon 22
Tue 23
Wed 24
Thu 25 The Annunciation of the Lord Solemnity
Fri 26
Sat 27

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28
HOLY WEEK
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Mon 29
Tue 30
Wed 31

Thu

1
PASCHAL TRIDUUM
HOLY THURSDAY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Fri 2 GOOD FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Sat 3 HOLY SATURDAY
EASTER TIME
EASTER VIGIL
Sun 4 EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Mon 5
Tue 6
Wed 7
Thu 8
Fri 9
Sat 10
Sun 11 2nd Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Mon 12
Tue 13
Wed 14
Thu 15
Fri 16
Sat 17
Sun 18 3nd Sunday of Easter
Mon 19
Tue 20
Wed 21 St Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1109 Memorial
Thu 22
Fri 23
Sat 24
Sun 25 4th Sunday of Easter
Mon 26
Tue 27 St Rafael Arnáiz Barón, Oblate O.C.S.O. † 1938 Memorial
Wed 28 St Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, Priest, † 1716 Memorial
Thu 29 St Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, † 1380 Feast
Fri 30
Sat 1
Sun 2 5th Sunday of Easter
Mon 3 Sts Philip and James, Apostles Feast
Tue 4
Wed 5
Thu 6
Fri 7
Sat 8 Bl. Christian de Chergé, Priest and Martyr and his Companions, † 1996 Memorial
Sun 9 6th Sunday of Easter
Mon 10
Tue 11 The Holy Abbots of Cluny, † X-XIIe centuries Memorial
Wed 12
Thu 13 The Ascension of the Lord Solemnity
Fri 14 St Matthias, Apostle Feast
Sat 15 St Pachomius, Abbot, † 346 Memorial
Sun 16 7th Sunday of Easter
Mon 17
Tue 18
Wed 19 St Yves, Priest, † 1303 Memorial
Thu 20
Fri 21 St Patern, first Bishop of Vannes, † Ve century Feast
Sat 22
Sun 23 Pentecost Sunday
Solemnity

Mon

24
ORDINARY TIME
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Memorial
Tue 25 St Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 735 Memorial
Wed 26 St Philip Neri, Priest, † 1595 Memorial
Thu 27 St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop † 604 or 605 Memorial
Fri 28
Sat 29 St Paul VI, Pope † 1978 Memorial
Sun 30 The Most Holy Trinity Solemnity
Mon 31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast
Tue 1 St Justin, Martyr, † towards 165 Memorial
Wed 2
Thu 3 St Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs, † 1886 Memorial
Fri 4
Sat 5 St Boniface, Bishop and Martyr, † 754 Memorial
Sun 6 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Solemnity
Mon 7
Tue 8
Wed 9
Thu 10
Fri 11 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity
Sat 12 The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Sun 13 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 14
Tue 15
Wed 16
Thu 17 Bl. Joseph Cassant, Cistercian Priest, † 1903 Memorial
Fri 18
Sat 19
Sun 20 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 21 St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, † 1591 Memorial
Tue 22
Wed 23
Thu 24 The Nativity of St John the Baptist Solemnity
Fri 25
Sat 26
Sun 27 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 28 St Irenæus, Bishop and Martyr, † v. 202 Memorial
Tue 29 Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity
Wed 30
Thu 1
Fri 2
Sat 3 St Thomas, Apostle Feast
Sun 4 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 5
Tue 6 The Dedication of Timadeuc abbey (1899) Solemnity
Wed 7
Thu 8 Bl. Eugene III, Cistercian Pope, † 1153 Memorial
Fri 9
Sat 10
Sun 11 Our Holy Father St Benedict, † 547, Patron of Europe Solemnity
Mon 12
Tue 13
Wed 14
Thu 15 St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1274 Memorial
Fri 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Memorial
Sat 17
Sun 18 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 19
Tue 20
Wed 21
Thu 22 St Mary Magdalene (Fondation of the abbey in 1841) Feast
Fri 23 St Bridget of Sweden, Religious, † 1373 Feast
Sat 24
Sun 25 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 26 St Anne..., Feast
Tue 27 ... and St Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Wed 28
Thu 29 Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus of Bethany, Hosts of the Lord Memorial
Fri 30
Sat 31 St Ignatius of Loyola, Priest, † 1556 Memorial
Sun 1 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 2
Tue 3
Wed 4 St John Mary Vianney, Priest, † 1859 Memorial
Thu 5
Fri 6 The Transfiguration of the Lord Feast
Sat 7
Sun 8 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 9 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and Martyr, † 1942 Feast
Tue 10 St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, † 258 Feast
Wed 11 St Clare, Virgin, † 1253 Memorial
Thu 12
Fri 13
Sat 14 St Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr, † 1941 Memorial
Sun 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
Special Patroness of all monasteries of the Cistercian Order
Solemnity
Mon 16
Tue 17
Wed 18
Thu 19 Bl. Guerric, Cistercian Abbot, † 1157 Memorial
Fri 20 St Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux and Doctor of the Church, † 1153 Solemnity
Sat 21 St Pius X, Pope, † 1914 Memorial
Sun 22 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 23
Tue 24 St Bartholomew, Apostle Feast
Wed 25
Thu 26
Fri 27 St Monica, † 387 Memorial
Sat 28 St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 430 Memorial
Sun 29 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 30
Tue 31
Wed 1
Thu 2
Fri 3 St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church, † 604 Memorial
Sat 4
Sun 5 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 6
Tue 7
Wed 8 The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast
Thu 9
Fri 10
Sat 11
Sun 12 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 13 St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor ot the Church, † 407 Memorial
Tue 14 The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast
Wed 15 Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial
Thu 16 Sts Cornelius, Pope and Martyr,† 253, and Cyprien, Bishop and Martyr, † 258 Memorial
Fri 17
Sat 18
Sun 19 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 20 Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gõn, Priest, and Paul Chõng Ha-sang, and their Companions, Martyrs, † 1839-1864 Memorial
Tue 21 St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Feast
Wed 22
Thu 23 St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest, † 1968 Memorial
Fri 24
Sat 25
Sun 26 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 27 St Vincent de Paul, Priest, † 1660 Memorial
Tue 28
Wed 29 St Michael and all Angels Feast
Thu 30 St Jerome, Priest and Doctor ot the Church, † 420 Memorial
Fri 1 St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, † 1897 Memorial
Sat 2 The Holy Guardian Angels Memorial
Sun 3 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 4 St Francis of Assisi, † 1226 Memorial
Tue 5
Wed 6 St Bruno, Priest and Hermit, † 1101 Memorial
Thu 7 Our Lady of the Rosary Memorial
Fri 8
Sat 9
Sun 10 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 11 St John XXIII, Pope, † 1963 Memorial
Tue 12
Wed 13
Thu 14
Fri 15 St Theresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor ot the Church, † 1582 Memorial
Sat 16
Sun 17 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 18 St Luke, Evangelist Feast
Tue 19
Wed 20
Thu 21
Fri 22 St John Paul II, Pope, † 2005 Memorial
Sat 23
Sun 24 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 25
Tue 26
Wed 27
Thu 28 Sts Simon and Jude, Apostles Feast
Fri 29
Sat 30
Sun 31 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 1 All Saints Solemnity
Tue 2 The Commemoration of all the Faithful departed (All Souls' Day)
Wed 3
Thu 4 St Charles Borromeo, Bishop, † 1584 Memorial
Sat 5
Sat 6
Sun 7 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 8
Tue 9 The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Feast
Wed 10 St Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor ot the Church, † 461 Memorial
Thu 11 St Martin of Tours, Bishop, † 397 Memorial
Fri 12
Sat 13 All Saints of the Benedictine Family Feast
Sun 14 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 15 St Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 397 Memorial
Tue 16 St Gertrude the Great, Cistercian Virgin, † towards 1302 Memorial
Wed 17
Thu 18
Fri 19
Sat 20
Sun 21 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Solemnity
Mon 22 St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, 1st century Memorial
Tue 23
Wed 24 St Andrew Dúng-Lạc, Priest, and his Companions, Martyrs, † 1845-1862 Memorial
Thu 25
Sat 26
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Sun

28
ADVENT
1st Sunday of Advent – Year C
Mon 29
Tue 30 St Andrew, Apostle Feast