A Monks Day

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A Monks Day

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

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