Our Day – The Horarium

Eremita di San Bruno in preghiera
Hermit of Saint Bruno at prayer in his cell.

On weekdays the Hermit comes out of the cell only three times for the common offices in the chapel: in the middle of the night for the night office, in the morning for the Eucharist and in the evening for the Vespers.

Lesser liturgical hours (Prime, Terce, Sext, None, and Compline) are celebrated in solitude in his cell.

All liturgical hours are normally preceded by the Little Office of Our Lady (BVM) also known as Hours of the Virgin that the Hermit recites in solitude.

This is a typical timetable that, in concrete terms, may change according to the liturgical calendar; Furthermore, as far as activities are performed in solitude, each hermit will follow his/her own needs.

This schedule was adopted from the 1960 Horarium of La Grande Chartreuse.  The reason for this adoption of the 1960’s Horarium is Dom Ugo (the founder of St. Mary’s Hermitage) when compiling his Eremitic Rule (Statute) for the Diocesan Bishop’s approval, wanted to faithfully reflect the traditions of the early Carthusians and truly embrace the saying “Cartusia num quam reformata quia numquam deformata.”  The Charterhouse has never been reformed because it has never been deformed.”  Whilst not part of the Carthusian Order Dom Ugo is a Hermit of Saint Bruno.

See the current Carthusian Horarium.

TIME

ACTIVITY

23:00 RISE
23:10 MATINS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (BVM), MEDITATION
23:45 MATINS AND LAUDS — ANGELUS**
02:00 LAUDS (BVM)
02:15 SLEEP
05:50 RISE
06:00 PRIMES †
06:30 ANGELUS, MEDITATIONS
07:15 LITANY OF SAINTS, CONVENTUAL MASS
08:00 IN THE CHAPEL:  TERCE, PRIVATE MASSES, COMMUNION
09:00 TERCE (BVM), RELAX IN PRIVATE
09:30 THEOLOGICAL STUDY
10:15 MANUAL WORK
11:00 SEXTS, DINNER, RECREATION IN PRIVATE
12:00 SPIRITUAL READING
13:30 ANGELUS, NONES
14:00 SPIRITUAL READING
14:30 VESPERS OF BVM
14:45 VESPERS
15:15 STUDY
16:30 MANUAL WORK
17:15 EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE, PRAYER
18:00 SUPPER (SUMMER SCHEDULE), RECREATION IN PRIVATE
19:00 ANGELUS, COMPLINES
19:20 SLEEP

On walk days: Earlier Dinner — Angelus & None of BVM during Spatiamentum ‡

** Bold type indicates time in chapel

†  In plural Offices we pray both the Little Office of Blessed Virgin Mary and Divine Office.

‡  Spatiamentum -Once a week, on a Monday, the monks take a Spatiamentum, which is a four-hour extended walk. During the walk    they talk freely. They walk in pairs and change partners every half-hour.  It is an important complement to what is otherwise an extremely solitary life.  The Spatiamentum also provides physical space and exercise. Conversation during the walk is light-hearted and simple.