Guests and Retreats

 

We Welcome Visitors & Offer Short or Extended Retreats

Guests are welcomed all year with the exception of Christmas Week. No charge is made, but those who wish may make an offering. Because our guest rooms are inside the Enclosure, we are only able to take men.

 

HORARIUM
 
Monday - Friday
Saturdays
Sundays (Solemnities)
Rising Bell
05.30 hrs
05.30 hrs
06.30 hrs
Office of Matins
05.50 hrs
05.50 hrs
Anticipated on Saturday evening
Office of Lauds
07.00 hrs
07.00 hrs
07.00 hrs
Breakfast
07.40 hrs
07.40 hrs
07.40 hrs
Office of Terce
08.40 hrs
08.40 hrs
08.40 hrs
Office of Sext
09.00 hrs
09.00 hrs
10.00 hrs
Lunch
12.30 hrs
12.30 hrs
12.45 hrs
Office of None
Immediately after lunch
Immediately after lunch
Immediately after recreation
Office of Vespers
18.00 hrs
17.30 hrs
17.30 hrs
Supper
19.00 hrs
18.30 hrs
18.30 hrs
Office of Compline
20.30 hrs
20.00 hrs
20.30 hrs

On Fridays (except in Eastertide) Supper is an informal fasting meal in the refectory at 18.30 hrs. At 20.00 hrs we have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Compline, and Benediction in the monastery chapel.

The Abbey Garden

Guest rooms

We wish you a happy and peaceful stay.

If you choose to visit, we kindly ask your cooperation in maintaining the rhythm of our monastic life by noting the following:

  • Silence is kept in the cloisters, the chapel, the refectory, and in the corridors upstairs.
  • Liturgical books are returned to guestrooms when not in use for the Divine Office.
  • Conventual Mass is celebrated at 09.00hrs (10.00hrs on Sundays and Solemnities) in the Abbey Church. Vespers is celebrated in the Abbey Church at 18.00hrs (17.30hrs on Saturdays and Sundays). At all other times the Divine Office is celebrated in the monastery chapel.
  • Guests assemble at the foot of the stairs before meals. From here they are escorted to the refectory and shown their places at table. Please be punctual for all meals. For catering purposes, it would be appreciated if you could inform the Guest Master if you plan to be absent for meals.
  • Grace is sung in Latin before and after lunch and supper from the small ‘Benedictiones Mensæ’ book which you will find marked at the appropriate page in your place in the refectory. When seated, brethren and guests wait for the Superior to unfold his napkin before duly unfolding theirs. On Wednesday evenings Grace is not formally said after supper. Supper ends as soon as the Superior gives the signal for the reading to end, after which brethren and guests are free to leave the refectory in their own time.
  • Except on certain Solemnities, meals are taken in silence while a monk reads aloud from the Sacred Scriptures, the Holy Rule of St Benedict, and books of popular and religious interest.
  • After lunch on Sundays, Solemnities, and brethren’s Feast Days, there is recreation with coffee in the Calefactory – all guests are welcome to join the Community for this.
  • Breakfast is not a formal meal. It make be taken between 07.40 and 08.30. Guests are asked to leave their used crockery and cutlery in their places in the refectory after breakfast for a member of the Community to remove for washing up.
  • Guests are asked not to enter those parts of the monastery reserved for the Community, namely the kitchen area, the laundry, the Chapter Room (Community Room), and the calefactory outside periods of recreation.
  • The Guest Sitting room may be used at all times for the preparation of hot drinks, for quiet reading, and general relaxation. Please wash, dry, and replace any crockery and cutlery used. (Please ask Guest Master for supplies of milk, sugar, tea, coffee, etc.)
  • It is important that guests should address all queries, problems, and requirements directly to the Guest Master. This will ensure that the other brethren are not disturbed from their own monastic duties. If for some reason a guest would like to speak to another member of the Community outside of the usual periods of recreation, this can be arranged through the Guest Master. Please do not approach monks other than the Guest Master in the chapel, cloisters, or refectory.
  • Guests may use the monastery library. Please consult the Guest Master.
  • The monastery is locked every night after Compline.
  • Guests who stay for longer than a week may avail themselves of the laundry facilities. Please ask the Guest Master.
  • Guests are normally expected to attend Conventual Mass, Vespers, and Compline.
  • Members of the monastic Community are addressed in conversation by their respective titles, i.e. ‘Brother’, ‘Dom’, ‘Father’. The Superior and his deputy are addressed, and referred to, as ‘Father Abbot’ and ‘Father Prior’.

Thank you.

Ramsgate Benedictines

 

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