Hellenistic Monks

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A monastic community is a place where women or men live out vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity. The monks of Norcia are an international community with a median age of 36. This brotherhood unites them to one to another by their common search for God. The three characteristics of a monastery are prayer, observance, and liturgical life.
Described by the Rule of St. Benedict, the full Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) marks hours of the day dedicated to the prayer life of the monks. Additional prayers such as the Jesus Prayer, the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and Lectio Divina Prayers add to the daily round of Mass and Offices as spiritual nourishment. Aspects of observance are St. Benedict's fast, chanting of the Office, the observance of silence, and abstinence from meat. Monks foster the " reconciliation in the heart of the Church" through the careful celebration of the liturgy. The liturgy is the public prayer of the Church that celebrates what God has done for them.
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Benedict said, “Keep death daily before your eyes.” St. Benedict’s saying refers to more than physical death, but also death to self. A monk is called to this daily, such as leaving family, friends, and home. Through prayer and daily conversion, the monks die to self and remain hidden or forgotten. They observe the many rules of Saint Benedict’s outline for monastic life, dependability to prayer, vigil, and fasting. The beauty of the Church’s liturgical tradition communicates the peace of Christ to the rest of world.
The Rule of Saint Benedict is a book of precepts written by Benedict of Nursia for monks living under an abbot. It is summed up in the motto of the Benedictine Confederation: ora et labora, which means pray and work. This rule has been used by Benedictines for fifteen centuries. The model for the monastic life is based on a family, with the abbot as father and all monks as

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