Daily Prayer Schedule
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.’”
Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are normally open to the public. There is no public recitation of the Office on Wednesday evenings or Thursday. The little offices e.g. midday prayer is not recited in common.
We usually recite the Psalms for morning and evening prayer and chant them on Sundays, Feast Days and Solemnities when we 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. The sisters have a second time of personal prayer which is done elsewhere.
7:00 am – 8:00 am Eucharistic Adoration
9:00 am Morning Prayer (live-streamed)
Grand Silence ends
9:30 am Mass in the parish or in-house if there is a visiting priest
12:00 pm Angelus
4:00 pm Angelus, Evening Prayer and Fiat Rosary (live-streamed)
8:30 pm Compline (public recitation will be confirmed on a daily basis)
Grand Silence begins after Compline (night prayer)
10:00 pm Main Doors of Dowry House are locked
The chapel has a beautiful tabernacle donated specifically to allow retreatants and locals to do adoration as often as possible. Please avail yourself of this opportunity whenever you can (outside the above hours of public prayer) following the guidelines available for opening and closing the tabernacle doors.
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. (except on Thursdays when they have their rest day)