Category Archives: Ritual

Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 05

Qing Ming, 清明, or Seimei in Japanese, and Cheongmyeong 청명사 (Korean) and Thanh minh (Vietnamese) is the 5th solar term of the traditional calendar. In space partitioning, Qingming begins when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 15° and ends when it … Continue reading

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Mid Morning Pause – Terce

Terce, or Third Hour, was the time of the mid-morning break for prayer in the medieval monasteries. It consisted then, and still does, mainly of psalms and is said at 9 a.m. Its name comes from Latin and refers to … Continue reading

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Start of Work – Prime

Back in Cadfael’s day the monks prayed Matins during the night and said Lauds in the darkness of early dawn, then went back to bed. Initially there was no requirement for saying an office again until Terce, the third hour. … Continue reading

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Break of Day – Lauds

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.      Marcus Aurelius Until December I was naturally getting up around five, sometimes … Continue reading

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The Night Watch – Vigils

So my experiment, inspired by the daily routine of the medieval monks and fueled with research on the history of sleep, is supposed to take me to a routine that leaves me awake in the small hours. Rather than try … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Lantern Festival Mar 2nd

The Lantern Festival, celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year the Lantern Festival falls on March 2nd. As early as the Western Han Dynasty … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Feb 16

This year, according to the Chinese almanac is the Year of the Dog. This particular Year of the Dog is the year of the brown earth dog, brown being a color associated with earth. There are a lot of customs … Continue reading

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