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The church was the largest room in the Monastery
The church was the largest room in the Monastery


Monks had the hair cut in the style of a Tonsure
Monks had the hair cut in the style of a Tonsure

Monks wore robes (black/brown) of course material
Monks wore robes (black/brown) of course material

Monk's Timetable(Summer)


Physical Needs
Sleeping
Eating
Prayer
Reading and Meditation
Services in the Church
Work
Including Chapter

1:30am ~ 2:00am
Prayer(Reading and Meditation)
2:00am ~ 3:30am
Prayer(Services in the Church)
3:30am ~ 4:00am
Physical Needs(Sleeping)
4:00am ~ 5:00am
Prayer(Services in the Church)
5:00am ~ 6:00am
Prayer(Reading and Meditation)
6:00am ~ 7:00am
Prayer(Services in the Church)
7:00am ~ 8:00am
Work(Including Chapter)
8:00am ~ 9:30am
Prayer(Services in the Church)
9:30am ~ 11:30am
Work(Including Chapters)
11:30am ~ 12:00pm
Prayer(Services in the Church)
12:00pm ~ 1:00pm
Physical Needs(Eating)
1:00pm ~ 2:30pm
Physical Needs(Sleeping)
2:30pm ~ 3:00pm
Prayer(Services in the Church)
3:00pm ~ 5:30pm
Work(Including Chapters)
5:30pm ~ 6:00pm
Physical Needs(Eating)
6:00pm ~ 7:30pm
Prayer(Services in the Church)
7:30pm ~ 8:00pm
Prayer(Reading and Meditation)
8:00pm ~ 8:30pm
Prayer(Services in the Church)
8:30pm ~ 1:30am
Physical Needs(Sleeping)
As you see the timetable, the members of monasteries prayed in the church ten times every day.

Religion


NickandCassidy Papers had the great pleasure of sending two reporters to St.Liales Monastery. The reporters were introduced to their guides, and got to follow them around the Monastery for a full week. The reporters were able to sit in on daily readings, church services, prayers and meals. Following are the reporters stories and insights on thier week in the monastery:

 For the past week Ive had the chance to live in a monastery and live the life of a monk. As I arrived I was given a brown robe of course material (wool), with a cord around the waist called a cinture. I was given sandals, a hood (cowl), and a cape for outdoors.Sir Liale was nice enough to let me follow him and go with his daily timetable which included a 2am wake up, prayers, and working around the monastery. In the morning, from 2am-4am Sir Liale would recite prayers including Matin, Lauds and Prime, Terce, and Sext. At 4am reading services would take place, and then after we would be granted a short nap. At 5am-noon I followed Sir Liale as he performed a reading, services, work around the Monastery, and a prayer called None (the word "noon" derives from the prayer, None). At noon we made our way to the refectory for our meal. After our meal with the other monks and priests, we headed back to our dorms for a two hour sleep. When we woke at 3pm, we went around the monastery to do work, which included farming; rye, wheat, and oats; tending to the cattle, sheep, and pigs of the monastery; teaching sons of wealthy familys to read or write; and headed inside for more prayers and readings. At 6pm we headed back to the refectory for a marvelous dinner. The contents were scarce, but in volmuous portions; including bread, cheese, vegetables, some fish and meat. All the food had come from the work the Monks had done outside the Monastery, so eating it was all the more satisfying. At 7pm we went back to working, reading, and church services. Sir Liale recited Compline and Vespers; a long prayer for the dead. Following this timetable is necessary for Sir Liale, because he swore on the Rule. The Rule tells the monks how, and when to talk, their daily timetable, and how and when to eat, dress, cut their hair and bathe. (Cassidy)

As I arrived at the monastery, two monks came out of there. The monk I followed was different with my partner. His name was Sir Won. Sir Won said he would show me different things from her. He told me that I should be dressed and live just like the monks when I stay here. That meant I had to follow their timetable, eat, and wear what they do. I wore a long white loose-fitting robe made of coarse, and sandals that keep my feet. I would have to shave my hair if I was a real monk, but I didn’t because I just came here as a reporter. Then I got the timetable. It was pretty strict and totally different from my daily life. At the section of Prayer(Services in the Church), there are variable of works what the monks do. They are Nocturns, Matins, Prime, Morrow Mass Chapter, Terce, Sung Mass, Sext, None, Vespers, Complines. The main service was Mass, so it was celebrated every day. Communion, hymns, prayers, and readings were always part of Mass. Its most important part was Holy Communion. The sacrament was modeled on the Last Supper – Jesus' final meal with his disciples. Also there were a lot of different kinds of works. There was a work called Opus Dei which means work of God in Latin. Another work was cloister which was the work in part of the monastery. Manual work in the fields to produce food for the monastery was on of the most important work. They taught the sons of wealthy parents to read and write. Also they worked as copyists for a Greek or roman manuscript. They were trained as vary of jobs – farmers, carpenters, architects, doctors, bookbinders, shoemakers, and blacksmiths. I had given 2 chances to eat according to the timetable. I ate simple meals of bread or porridge, cheese, eggs, vegetables and fruit. The food was grown in fields just outside the abbey walls. It was harvested by the monks. I also tried to harvest the food. The monks had meat occasionally(unless they were ill). Monks had fish more often which are from their ponds. Monks ate reasonable quantities but some monks and nuns overate. Sir Won said most monastery meals were plain, but the meals were so simple and plain that I even felt boring. Monks and nuns also drank weak ale, and wine and water mixed. However, they worshipped the wine they drink like they worshipped the god, so I couldn't drink the “holy” wine. While I was here, there were some hard aspects of the schedule, but I got through it. The monks (especially Sir Won) were so kind to me that I felt they were being a family to me. I hope I can visit here again. (Nick) 

~Monks and Different Occupations~



Monks in the moastery had different occupations and jobs such as;

-Barber Surgeons: performed light surgery, shaved faces and tonsures of monks.

-Infirmarian: the monk in charge of the infirmary

-Lector: a monk entrusted with reading the lessons in Church or in the refectory

-Sacrist: a monk responsible for the keeping of books, vestments and vessels, and for the maintenence of the Monasterys buildings.
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