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



Sat 1 34th Week of Ordinary Time
Sun 2 1st Sunday of Advent – Year C
Mon 3 St Francis Xavier, Priest, † 1552 Memorial
Tue 4
Wed 5
Thu 6
Fri 7 St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 397 Memorial
Sat 8 the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
Sun 9 2nd Sunday of Advent
Mon 10
Tue 11
Wed 12
Thu 13 St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, † 1er siècle Memorial
Fri 14 St John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Churc, † 1591 Memorial
Sat 15
Sun 16 3rd Sunday of Advent, de Gaudete
Mon 17 - O Sapientia -
Tue 18 - O Adonai -
Wed 19 - O Radix Iesse -
Thu 20 - O Clavis David -
Fri 21 - O Oriens -
Sat 22 - O Rex Gentium -
Sun 23 4th Sunday of Advent
- O Emmanuel -
Mon 24
Tue 25 the Nativity of the Lord Solemnity
Wed 26 St Stephen, the first Martyr Feast
Thu 27 St John, Apostle and Evangelist Feast
Fri 28 the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Feast
Sat 29
Sun 30 Sunday in the octave of Christmas
the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Feast
Mon 31
Tue 1 Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord
Mary, Holy Mother of God
Solemnity
Wed 2 Sts Basil the Great, † 379 and Gregory Nazianzen, † around 389, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Memorial
Thu 3
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Sun 6 2nd Sunday after the Nativity
the Epiphany of the Lord
Solemnity
Mon 7
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Sat 12 St Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot, † 1167 Memorial
Sun 13 3rd Sunday after the Nativity
the Baptism of the Lord
Feast
Mon 14 1st week of Ordinary Time
Tue 15 Sts Maur and Placid, Disciples of our Father St Benedict, † 6th century
Wed 16
Thu 17 St Anthony, Abbot, † 356
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Sun 20 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 21 St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, † 305 Memorial
Tue 22
Wed 23
Thu 24 St Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1622 Memorial
Fri 25 the Conversion of St Paul the Apostle Feast
Sat 26 Sts Robert, Alberic et Stephen, founder Abbots of Cîteaux Solemnity
Sun 27 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 28
Tue 29 St Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Churc, † 1274 Memorial
Wed 30
Thu 31 St John Bosco, Priest, † 1888 Memorial
Fri 1
Sat 2 the Presentation of the Lord Feast
Sun 3 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 4
Tue 5 St Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, † 251 Memorial
Wed 6 St Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs, † 1597 Memorial
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Sun 10 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 11 Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial
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Thu 14 Sts Cyril, Monk, † 869, and Methodius, † 885, Bishop, Patrons of Europe Feast
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Sun 17 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Fri 22 the Chair of St Peter, Apostle Feast
Sat 23 St Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr, † 155 Memorial
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Sun 17 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mon 18 the Dedication ot Vannes Cathedral (1499)
Tue 19 St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
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Sun 24 3rd Sunday of Lent
Mon 25 the Annunciation of the Lord Solemnity
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Sun 31 4th Sunday of Lent, Lætare
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Fri 5 St Vincent Ferrer, Priest, † 1419 in Vannes Memorial
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Sun 7 5th Sunday of Lent
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Sun 14 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Mon 15 Monday of Holy Week
Tue 16 Tuesday of Holy Week
Wed 17 Wednesday of Holy Week
Thu 18 The Sacred Paschal Triduum
MAUNDY THURSDAY : THURSDAY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Fri 19 GOOD FRIDAY : FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Sat 20 HOLY SATURDAY : THE EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT
Sun 21 EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Mon 22 Easter Monday
Tue 23 Easter Tuesday
Wed 24 Easter Wednesday
Thu 25 Easter Thursday
Fri 26 Easter Friday
Sat 27 Easter Saturday
Sun 28 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)
Mon 29 St Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Lay Dominican and Doctor of the Church, Patron of Europe, † 1380 Feast
Tue 30
Wed 1
Thu 2 St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 373 Memorial
Fri 3 Sts Philip and James, Apostles Feast
Sat 4
Sun 5 3rd Sunday of Easter
Mon 6
Tue 7
Wed 8 Bx Christian de Chergé and his Companions, religious, the Algerian martyrs, † 1996 Memorial
Thu 9
Fri 10
Sat 11 Sts Abbots of Cluny, † X-XIIe centuries Memorial
Sun 12 4th Sunday of Easter
Mon 13
Tue 14 St Matthias, Apostle Feast
Wed 15 St Pachomius, Abbot, † 346 Memorial
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Sun 19 5th Sunday of Easter
Mon 20
Tue 21 St Patern, first Bishop of Vannes, † Ve century Feast
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Fri 24
Sat 25 St Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 735 Memorial
Sun 26 6th Sunday of Easter
Mon 27 St Augustine of Canterbury, † 604 or 605 Memorial
Tue 28
Wed 29 St Paul VI, Pope Memorial
Thu 30 The Ascension of the Lord Solemnity
Fri 31 the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast
Sat 1 St Justin, Martyr, † towards 165 Memorial
Sun 2 7th Sunday of Easter
Mon 3 St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs, † 1886 Memorial
Tue 4
Wed 5 St Boniface, Bishop and Martyr, † 754 Memorial
Thu 6
Fri 7
Sat 8
Sun 9 Pentecost Sunday
Solemnity
Mon 10 10th Week of Ordinary Time
Mary, Mother of the Church
Memorial
Tue 11 St Barnabas, Apostle Memorial
Wed 12
Thu 13 St Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 1231 Memorial
Fri 14
Sat 15
Sun 16 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
the Most Holy Trinity
Solemnity
Mon 17 Bl Joseph Cassant, Monk, Priest, † 1903 Memorial
Tue 18
Wed 19
Thu 20
Fri 21 St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, † 1591 Memorial
Sat 22
Sun 23 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Solemnity
Mon 24 the Nativity of St John the Baptist Solemnity
Tue 25
Wed 26
Thu 27
Fri 28 the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity
Sat 29 Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity
Sun 30 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 1
Tue 2
Wed 3 St Thomas, Apostle Feast
Thu 4
Fri 5
Sat 6 the Dedication of Timadeuc abbey (1899) Solemnity
Sun 7 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 8 Bl Eugene III, Pope, † 1153 Memorial
Tue 9
Wed 10
Thu 11 Our Holy Father St Benedict, † 547, Patron of Europe Solemnity
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Sun 14 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 15 St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1274 Memorial
Tue 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Memorial
Wed 17
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Sun 21 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 22 St Mary Magdalene (Fondation of the abbey in 1841) Feast
Tue 23 St Bridget, Religious, Patron of Europe, † 1373 Feast
Wed 24
Thu 25 St James, Apostle Feast
Fri 26 St Anne..., Feast
Sat 27 ... and St Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Sun 28 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 29 Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus, Hosts of the Lord Memorial
Tue 30
Wed 31 St Ignatius of Loyola, Priest, † 1556 Memorial
Thu 1 St Alphonsus Mary Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1787 Memorial
Fri 2
Sat 3
Sun 4 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 5
Tue 6 the Transfiguration of the Lord Feast
Wed 7
Thu 8 St Dominic, Priest, † 1221 Memorial
Fri 9 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and Martyr, Patron of Europe † 1942 Feast
Sat 10 St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, † 258 Feast
Sun 11 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 12
Tue 13
Wed 14 St Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr, † 1941 Memorial
Thu 15 the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
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Sun 18 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 19 Bl Guerric, Abbot, † 1157 Memorial
Tue 20 St Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux and Doctor of the Church, † 1153 Solemnity
Wed 21 St Pius X, Pope, † 1914 Memorial
Thu 22 The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Fri 23
Sat 24 St Bartholomew, Apostle Feast
Sun 25 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 26
Tue 27 St Monica, † 387 Memorial
Wed 28 St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 430 Memorial
Thu 29 the Passion of St John the Baptist Memorial
Fri 30
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Sun 1 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 2
Tue 3 St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church, † 604 Memorial
Wed 4
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Sun 8 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Fri 13 St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor ot the Church, † 407 Memorial
Sat 14 the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast
Sun 15 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 16 Sts Cornelius, Pope,† 253, and Cyprien, Bishop, † 258, Martyrs Memorial
Tue 17
Wed 18
Thu 19
Fri 20 Sts Andrew Kim Tae-go˘n, Priest, and Paul Cho˘ng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs, † 1839-1864 Memorial
Sat 21 St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Feast
Sun 22 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 23 St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest, † 1968 Memorial
Tue 24
Wed 25
Thu 26
Fri 27 St Vincent de Paul, Priest, † 1660 Memorial
Sat 28
Sun 29 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 30 St Jerome, Priest and Doctor ot the Church, † 420 Memorial
Tue 1 St Thérèse of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux), Virgin and Doctor of the Church, † 1897 Memorial
Wed 2 the Holy Guardian Angels Memorial
Thu 3
Fri 4 St Francis of Assisi, † 1226 Memorial
Sat 5
Sun 6 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 7 Our Lady of the Rosary Memorial
Tue 8
Wed 9
Thu 10
Fri 11 St John XXIII, Pope, † 1963 Memorial
Sat 12
Sun 13 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 14
Tue 15 St Theresa of Jesus (of Avila), Virgin and Doctor ot the Church, † 1582 Memorial
Wed 16
Thu 17 St Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr, † towards 107
Fri 18 St Luke, Evangelist Feast
Sat 19
Sun 20 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sun 27 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 28 Sts Simon and Jude, Apostles Feast
Tue 29
Wed 30
Thu 31
Fri 1 All Saints Solemnity
Sat 2 the Commemoration of all the Faithful departed (All Souls' Day)
Sun 3 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 4 St Charles Borromeo, Bishop, † 1584 Memorial
Tue 5
Wed 6
Thu 7
Fri 8
Sat 9 the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Feast
Sun 10 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 11 St Martin of Tours, Bishop, † 397 Memorial
Tue 12
Wed 13 All Saints of the Benedictine Family Feast
Thu 14
Fri 15 St Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 397 Memorial
Sat 16 St Gertrude, Virgin, Moniale, † towards 1302 à Memorial
Sun 17 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 18
Tue 19
Wed 20
Thu 21 The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Fri 22 St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, 1st century Memorial
Sat 23
Sun 24 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Solemnity
Mon 25
Tue 26
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Fri 29
Sat 30 St Andrew, Apostle Feast