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  • 1. A Day in a Monk’s Life By Jonathan Wilson 1LB
  • 2. Facts
    • Monks had 8 church services every day
    • The Rule of St Benedict was a basic code of conduct for the monks, including:
    • No one should do what he wants.
    • Don’t argue with the abbot (head of the monastery)
    • You must care for the sick
    • A mattress, woollen blanket and a pillow should be enough bedding
    • The monks had the top of their head shaved leaving a circle of hair called a tonsure to remind them of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore.
  • 3. Dining Facts
    • All meals were eaten in silence so they created a sign language for salt, pepper and so on.
    • They were allowed only one meal a day in the wintertime and two in the summertime.
    • There were two separate dining rooms.
    • The monks did not eat meat except if they were ill and on certain days.
  • 4. work
    • Work included:-
    • working on the farm to grow the food they needed to eat.
    • They also ran hospitals for the sick and schools for the young boys from poorer families could learn to read and write.
    • They looked after travellers, giving free food to them and shelter for the night.
    • They also had to copy out books. Every new book was written by hand, it could take up to 18 months to copy out the Bible.
  • 5. A monk’s day
    • A monks day started very early at 1:45am when they woke up and then had a private reading and prayer session
    • Then the monks had a church service at
    • 2:00am
    • In the summer the monks were allowed to go back to sleep at 3:30am
    • At 4:00am they had a second church service
  • 6.
    • A monk’s day (cont.)
    • At 5:00am the monks had a second private reading
    • and prayer session
    • They then had a third church service then breakfast at
    • 6:00am
    • The monks went and worked at 7:00am
    • They then have a fourth church service at 8:00am
  • 7.
    • A monk’s day (cont.)
    • They then went back to work again at 9:15am
    • The monks had their fifth church service at 11:45am
    • At midday they had lunch in silence
    • At 1:00pm they had a private reading and prayer session
  • 8.
    • A monk’s day (cont.)
    • The monks then had a sleep at 1:45pm
    • (summer only)
    • At 2:45pm there was another church service
    • Then at 3:00pm they went back to work
    • Then they have another meal at 5:45pm
  • 9.
    • A monk’s day (cont.)
    • At 6:00pm they had their seventh church service
    • At 7:15pm the monks had a second private
    • reading and prayer session
    • At 7:45pm they had their eighth church service
    • Then finally at 8:00pm they could go to bed