A Day in a Monk’s Life By Jonathan Wilson 1LB
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- In the summer the monks were allowed to go back to sleep at 3:30am
- At 4:00am they had a second church service
- At 5:00am the monks had a second private reading
- They then had a third church service then breakfast at
- The monks went and worked at 7:00am
- They then have a fourth church service at 8:00am
- 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
- The monks then had a sleep at 1:45pm
- 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
- 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