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



Wed 1
Thu 2
Fri 3 St Francis Xavier, Priest, † 1552 Memorial
Sat 4
Sun 5 Sunday II of Advent
Mon 6
Tue 7 St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 397 Memorial
Wed 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
Thu 9
Fri 10
Sat 11
Sun 12 Sunday III of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)
Mon 13 St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, † 1er siècle Memorial
Tue 14 St John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 1591 Memorial
Wed 15
Thu 16
Fri 17 - O Sapientia -
Sat 18 - O Adonai -
Sun 19 Sunday IV of Advent
Mon 20 - O Clavis David -
Tue 21 - O Oriens -
Wed 22 - O Rex gentium -
Thu 23 - O Emmanuel -
Fri 24
Sat 25 The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Solemnity
Sun 26 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Feast
Mon 27 St John, Apostle and Evangelist Feast
Tue 28 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs Feast
Wed 29
Thu 30
Fri 31
Sat 1 Mary, the Holy Mother of God Solemnity
Sun 2 The Epiphany of the Lord Solemnity
Mon 3
Tue 4
Wed 5
Thu 6
Fri 7
Sat 8
Sun 9 The Baptism of the Lord Feast
Mon 10
Wed 12 St Ælred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Abbot, † 1167 Memorial
Thu 13 St Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 367 Memorial
Fri 14
Sat 15 Sts Maur and Placid, Disciples of our St Benedict, † 6th century Memorial
Sun 16 Sunday II in Ordinary Time
Mon 17 St Anthony, Abbot, † 356 Memorial
Tue 18
Wed 19
Thu 20
Fri 21 St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, † 305 Memorial
Sat 22
Sun 23 Sunday III in Ordinary Time
Mon 24 St Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1622 Memorial
Tue 25 The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle Feast
Wed 26 Sts Robert, Alberic and Stephen, Abbots and Founders of the Cistercian Order Solemnity
Thu 27 Sts Timothy and Titus, Bishops Memorial
Fri 28 St Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 1274 Memorial
Sat 29
Sun 30 Sunday IV in Ordinary Time
Mon 31 St John Bosco, Priest, † 1888 Memorial
Tue 1
Wed 2 The Presentation of the Lord Feast
Thu 3
Fri 4
Sat 5 St Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, † 251 Memorial
Sun 6 Sunday V in Ordinary Time
Mon 7
Tue 8
Wed 9
Thu 10 St Scholastica, Virgin Memorial
Fri 11 Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial
Sat 12
Sun 13 Sunday VI in Ordinary Time
Mon 14 Sts Cyril, Monk, † 869, and Methodius, † 885, Bishop Feast
Tue 15
Wed 16
Thu 17
Fri 18
Sat 19
Sun 20 Sunday VII in Ordinary Time
Mon 21 St Peter Damien, Doctor of the Church, † 1274 Memorial
Tue 22 The Chair of St Peter, The Apostle Feast
Wed 23 St Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr, † 155 Memorial
Thu 24
Fri 25
Sat 26
Sun 27 Sunday VIII in Ordinary Time
Mon 28
Tue 1
Wed 2 Ash Wednesday
Thu 3
Fri 4
Sat 5
Sun 6 Sunday I of Lent
Mon 7
Tue 8
Wed 9
Thu 10
Fri 11
Sat 12
Sun 13 Sunday II of Lent
Mon 14
Tue 15
Wed 16
Thu 17
Fri 18 The Dedication ot Vannes Cathedral (1499) Feast
Sat 19 St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemnity
Sun 20 Sunday III of Lent
Mon 21
Tue 22
Wed 23
Thu 24
Fri 25 The Annunciation of the Lord Solemnity
Sat 26
Sun 27 Sunday IV of Lent (Lætare Sunday)
Mon 28
Tue 29
Wed 30
Thu 31
Thu 1
Sat 2
Sun 3 Sunday V of Lent
Mon 4
Tue 5 St Vincent Ferrer, Priest, † 1419 in Vannes Memorial
Wed 6
Thu 7 St John Baptist de la Salle, Priest, † 1719 Memorial
Fri 8
Sat 9
Sun 10 Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Mon 11
Tue 12
Wed 13
Thu 14 PASCHAL TRIDUUM
HOLY THURSDAY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Fri 15 GOOD FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Sat 16 HOLY SATURDAY
EASTER VIGIL
Sun 17 EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Mon 18
Tue 19
Wed 20
Thu 21 St Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1109 Memorial
Fri 22 Bl. Maria Gabriella, Cistercian Virgin, † 1939 Memorial
Sat 23
Sun 24 Sunday of Easter II (Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Mon 25 St Mark, Evangelist Feast
Tue 26
Wed 27 St Rafael Arnáiz Barón, Oblate O.C.S.O. † 1938 Memorial
Thu 28 St Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, Priest, † 1716 Memorial
Fri 29 St Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, † 1380 Feast
Sat 30
Sun 1 Sunday III of Easter
Mon 2 St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 373 Memorial
Tue 3 Sts Philip and James, Apostles Feast
Wed 4
Thu 5
Fri 6
Sat 7
Sun 8 Sunday IV of Easter
Mon 9
Tue 10
Wed 11 The Holy Abbots of Cluny, † X-XIIe centuries Memorial
Thu 12
Fri 13
Sat 14 St Matthias, Apostle Feast
Sun 15 Sunday V of Easter
Mon 16
Tue 17
Wed 18
Thu 19 St Yves, Priest, † 1303 Memorial
Fri 20
Sat 21 St Patern, first Bishop of Vannes, † Ve century Feast
Sun 22 Sunday VI of Easter
Mon 23
Tue 24
Wed 25 St Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 735 Memorial
Thu 26 The Ascension of the Lord Solemnity
Fri 27 St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop † 604 or 605 Memorial
Sat 28
Sun 29 Sunday VII of Easter
Mon 30 Ste Jeanne d'Arc, Virgin † 1431 Memorial
Tue 31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast
Wed 1 St Justin, Martyr, † towards 165 Memorial
Thu 2
Fri 3 St Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs, † 1886 Memorial
Sat 4
Sun 5 Pentecost Sunday
Solemnity
Mon 6 The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Memorial
Tue 7
Wed 8
Thu 9
Fri 10
Sat 11 St Barnabas, Apostle Memorial
Sun 12 The Most Holy Trinity Solemnity
Mon 13 St Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church, † 1231 Memorial
Tue 14
Wed 15
Thu 16 St Lutgarde, Cistercian Virgin, † 1246 Memorial
Fri 17 Bl. Joseph Cassant, Cistercian Priest, † 1903 Memorial
Sat 18
Sun 19 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Solemnity
Mon 20
Tue 21 St Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, † 1591 Memorial
Wed 22
Thu 23 The Nativity of St John the Baptist Solemnity
Fri 24 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity
Sat 25 The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Sun 26 Sunday XIII in Ordinary Time
Mon 27 St Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 444 Memorial
Tue 28 St Irenæus, Bishop and Martyr, † v. 202 Memorial
Wed 29 Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity
Thu 30
Fri 1
Sat 2
Sun 3 Sunday XIV in Ordinary Time
Mon 4
Tue 5
Wed 6 The Dedication of Timadeuc abbey (1899) Solemnity
Thu 7
Fri 8 Bl. Eugene III, Cistercian Pope, † 1153 Memorial
Sat 9
Sun 10 Sunday XV in Ordinary Time
Mon 11 Our Holy Father St Benedict, † 547, Patron of Europe Solemnity
Tue 12
Wed 13
Thu 14
Fri 15 St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1274 Memorial
Sat 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Memorial
Sun 17 Sunday XVI in Ordinary Time
Mon 18
Tue 19
Wed 20
Thu 21
Fri 22 St Mary Magdalene (Fondation of the abbey in 1841) Feast
Sat 23 St Bridget of Sweden, Religious, † 1373 Feast
Sun 24 Sunday XVII in Ordinary Time
Mon 25 St James, Apostle Feast
Tue 26 St Anne..., Feast
Wed 27 ... and St Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Thu 28
Fri 29 Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus of Bethany, Hosts of the Lord Memorial
Sat 30
Sun 31 Sunday XVIII in Ordinary Time
Mon 1 St Alphonsus Mary Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 1787 Memorial
Tue 2
Wed 3
Thu 4 St John Mary Vianney, Priest, † 1859 Memorial
Fri 5
Sat 6 The Transfiguration of the Lord Feast
Sun 7 Sunday XIX in Ordinary Time
Mon 8 St Dominic, Priest, † 1221 Memorial
Tue 9 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and Martyr, † 1942 Feast
Wed 10 St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, † 258 Feast
Thu 11 St Clare, Virgin, † 1253 Memorial
Fri 12
Sat 13
Sun 14 Sunday XX in Ordinary Time
Mon 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
Special Patroness of all monasteries of the Cistercian Order
Solemnity
Tue 16
Wed 17
Thu 18
Fri 19 Bl. Guerric, Cistercian Abbot, † 1157 Memorial
Sat 20 St Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux and Doctor of the Church, † 1153 Solemnity
Sun 21 Sunday XXI in Ordinary Time
Mon 22 The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Tue 23
Wed 24 St Bartholomew, Apostle Feast
Thu 25
Fri 26
Sat 27 St Monica, † 387 Memorial
Sun 28 Sunday XXII in Ordinary Time
Mon 29 The Passion of St John the Baptist Memorial
Tue 30
Wed 31
Thu 1
Fri 2
Sat 3 St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church, † 604 Memorial
Sun 4 Sunday XXIII in Ordinary Time
Mon 5
Tue 6
Wed 7
Thu 8 The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast
Fri 9
Sat 10
Sun 11 Sunday XXIV in Ordinary Time
Mon 12
Tue 13 St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor ot the Church, † 407 Memorial
Wed 14 The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast
Thu 15 Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial
Fri 16 Sts Cornelius, Pope and Martyr,† 253, and Cyprien, Bishop and Martyr, † 258 Memorial
Sat 17
Sun 18 Sunday XXV in Ordinary Time
Mon 19
Tue 20 Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gõn, Priest, and Paul Chõng Ha-sang, and their Companions, Martyrs, † 1839-1864 Memorial
Wed 21 St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Feast
Thu 22
Fri 23 St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest, † 1968 Memorial
Sat 24
Sun 25 Sunday XXVI in Ordinary Time
Mon 26
Tue 27 St Vincent de Paul, Priest, † 1660 Memorial
Wed 28
Thu 29 St Michael and all Angels Feast
Fri 30 St Jerome, Priest and Doctor ot the Church, † 420 Memorial
Sat 1 St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, † 1897 Memorial
Sun 2 Sunday XXVII in Ordinary Time
Mon 3
Tue 4 St Francis of Assisi, † 1226 Memorial
Wed 5
Thu 6 St Bruno, Priest and Hermit, † 1101 Memorial
Fri 7 Our Lady of the Rosary Memorial
Sat 8
Sun 9 Sunday XXVIII in Ordinary Time
Mon 10
Tue 11 St John XXIII, Pope, † 1963 Memorial
Wed 12
Thu 13
Fri 14
Sat 15 St Theresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor ot the Church, † 1582 Memorial
Sun 16 Sunday XXIX in Ordinary Time
Mon 17 St Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr, † towards 107 Memorial
Tue 18 St Luke, Evangelist Feast
Wed 19
Thu 20
Fri 21
Sat 22 St John Paul II, Pope, † 2005 Memorial
Sun 23 Sunday XXX in Ordinary Time
Mon 24
Tue 25
Wed 26
Thu 27
Fri 28 Sts Simon and Jude, Apostles Feast
Sat 29
Sun 30 Sunday XXXI in Ordinary Time
Mon 31
Tue 1 All Saints Solemnity
Wed 2 The Commemoration of all the Faithful departed (All Souls' Day)
Thu 3
Fri 4 St Charles Borromeo, Bishop, † 1584 Memorial
Sun 5
Sun 6 Sunday XXXII in Ordinary Time
Mon 7
Tue 8
Wed 9 The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Feast
Thu 10 St Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor ot the Church, † 461 Memorial
Fri 11 St Martin of Tours, Bishop, † 397 Memorial
Sat 12
Sun 13 Sunday XXXIII in Ordinary Time
Mon 14
Tue 15 St Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, † 397 Memorial
Wed 16 St Gertrude the Great, Cistercian Virgin, † towards 1302 Memorial
Thu 17
Fri 18
Sat 19
Sun 20 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Solemnity
Mon 21 The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial
Tue 22 St Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, 1st century Memorial
Wed 23
Thu 24 St Andrew Dúng-Lạc, Priest, and his Companions, Martyrs, † 1845-1862 Memorial
Fri 25
Sun 26
Sun 27 Sunday I of Advent
Mon 28
Tue 29
Wed 30 St Andrew, Apostle Feast