DAILY LIFE

 
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COMMUNITY HORARIUM

04 45       Rising

05 00       Angelus, Morning Prayer, Matins, Lauds, Meditation, Prime, Terce

07 00       Holy Mass

07 45       Community Rosary

08 10       Breakfast

09 00       Morning Work, Personal Adoration

12 45       Sext, None, Angelus, Examen

13 10       Lunch

14 15       Siesta

15 15       Rising

15 25       Meditation

16 00       Class / Recreation

17 00       Personal prayer, work and study

19 00       Holy Hour (Vespers, Rosary, Benediction)

20 00       Optional Supper

20 40       Night Prayers, Compline

21 15       Rest

21 45       Lights Out

Franciscan friars playing football

RECREATION

The friars typically have recreation once or twice a week, especially on Sundays. Recreation is an essential part of the religious life, which offers an occasion of encounter to foster greater harmony in the community. Recreation is a valuable time when friars are able to practice fraternal charity, thus mutually edifying one another in the joyful exchange of ideas and experiences. Recreational activities include football, basketball, table tennis, as well as board games.  

 

The friars' primary form of recreation is football, and they often invite the local community to join in. This offers a great way to interact with the laity, primarily by giving good example. If you are interested in taking part in a football match with us on Sunday afternoon don't hesitate to send us an email! The habit is always worn during recreation which often attracts interest from passers by, offering valuable opportunities to evangelise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franciscan friar working

DAILY WORK

The Marian Franciscans live a balanced life of prayer and work. Daily work is essential to ensure that the community runs smoothly and that we fall not into idleness. St. John Bosco writes that 'our greatest enemy is idleness; fight it without let up'.

 

The friars have rotating weekly work assignments, which include cooking, liturgical service, sacristy work, laundry work, preparation for live-stream Masses, and the task of porter. In addition, those with specific God-given talents further aid the community in the ministration of their gifts, whether it be in the building of furniture, the maintenance of the building, etc. 

Those called to the Holy Orders receive their philosophical and theological formation every morning in preparation for the sacred ministry.

As the exterior life is a reflection of the interior life, it is essential that our friaries are kept in good order. As Marian Franciscans, we strive to imitate our Lady in maintaining simplicity, cleanliness and order in the house, looking always to the model of the Holy House, where shone the maximum cleanliness and order, in the simplicity of Franciscan poverty. Every Saturday the friars do a deep cleaning of the friary and the church.

The friars perform their work duties in the morning, devoting the afternoon for personal prayer and study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRAYER

Prayer is the foundation of our daily life. Through a life of prayer and contemplation, the friars enkindle themselves in the ardent love of God, of the Blessed Virgin, and consequently of one another, so as to enflame every heart that beats in the world. Saint Padre Pio tells us that ‘prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God’. The primacy of contemplation is indispensable in the work of the apostolate, for one can only give what he possesses. As St. Francis says, “It is the Lord who edifies and converts men, thanks to the prayers of holy friars.” St. Maximilian says: “External activity is good, but obviously of secondary importance in comparison with that of the interior life of prayer and recollection, and with the life of our personal love for God.”

 

To find out more about the liturgical prayer used by the Marian Franciscans click here. In addition to the Holy Mass and the Divine Office, the friars pray two community rosaries and spend an hour each day in silent meditation in common. In the afternoon there is the opportunity for personal prayer and devotion.