Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In the life of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, prayer takes on a particular importance: it is the heart of their calling. Their vocation is to be people of prayer. We pray first and foremost not for any specific intention, but simply because God is worthy of being praised. — Pope Benedict XVI
“The most important obligation and desire of members is to lead a contemplative life based on common and personal prayer. All other activities are to be rooted in prayer and will bear fruit ‘through Him, with Him and in Him’.”
All the Offices are normally open to the public. There is no public recitation of the Office on Tuesday evenings or on Wednesdays. The little offices e.g. midday prayer is not recited in common. We usually chant the Psalms for morning and evening prayer and ask visitors to chant quietly following the indications given by the cantor. All services take place in the main chapel, which may be found on the opposite side of the cloister to the main building.
Rise 6:00 a.m.
Personal Spiritual Reading 6:30 a.m.
Eucharistic Adoration 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer 8:35 a.m.
Grand Silence ends.
Morning work begins 9:00 a.m.
Mass in the parish 9:30 a.m. or in-house if there is a visiting priest
Angelus 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 13:00 p.m. (Guests at the same time)
Community Recreation 13:30 p.m.
Afternoon work begins 2:15 p.m.
Angelus, Evening Prayer and Fiat Rosary 4:45 p.m.
Hour of Silent Prayer 5:15 p.m.
Supper 6:20 p.m. (Guests at 6:00 p.m.)
Evening work begins 7:20 p.m.
Compline 9:00 p.m.
Grand Silence begins after night prayer.
Lock main doors of Dowry House 10:30 p.m.
Retire for the evening.
A sister is usually available in the office between 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. and between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.