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Friday Files – A Bag of Bones and Other Joys

When I went to the Farmer’s Market last Saturday I was disappointed Farmer Frank had still not gotten his order in. However, the other farm had some products she thought I might like, so I got some super hot New … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Later Than I Thought

I thought I would wrap up Caturday thoughts when I got home from the thrift store. Wrong. By the time I got home I was really tired. We still had piles of donations to sort through and I wound up … Continue reading

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Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Compline

In the early centuries of the Church, in addition to the celebration of Mass, it was customary to hold a so-called vigil, a prayer service in three parts, on the night before a feast day. From this vigil service developed … 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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A Personal Experiment

In a previous post on the Brother Cadfael mysteries I mentioned the practice of rising at midnight for prayer. I had often wondered how this was so easily accomplished by the monks. After the post I thought about it again. … Continue reading

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