What an amazing document! I am reading it slowly and prayerfully with much enjoyment. Today I worked through the chapter on Prayer: 2:20-21. Their Rule establishes 3 communal Offices: morning, noon and evening. It does not mention Compline, which is interesting. The 3 Offices are based on what Daniel prayed (3 times a day).
The Rule does require that a monk get up in the middle of the night on Thursdays to say what I am calling a Gethsemani Office – when Jesus asked the disciples to pray, but they could not stay awake. I am going to try to incorporate this into my pattern.
Lectio is to be done in the afternoons every day.
Finally, some words on prayer. Pray:
- like a poor man
- like a child
- in the Name of Jesus
- in the Holy Spirit
- temperately and simply
- in secret
- with your community
- continually and tirelessly
I very much resonate with the ideas of praying like a poor man and a child. That sums it up for me!