et alia laughing and weeping (tristissima) wrote,
et alia laughing and weeping
tristissima

Quoting Wikipedia is dangerous, I know (even if it is the only word I know of which marries Hawai'ian and Greek roots to mean "quick education"), but here we go:

"Traditionally, the daily life of the Benedictine revolved around the eight canonical hours. The monastic timetable or Horarium would begin at midnight with the service, or "office", of Matins (today also called the Office of Readings), followed by the morning office of Lauds at 3am. Before the advent of wax candles in the 14th century, this office was said in the dark or with minimal lighting; and monks were expected to memorise everything. These services could be very long, sometimes lasting till dawn, but usually consisted of a chant, three antiphons, three psalms, and three lessons, along with celebrations of any local saints' days. Afterwards the monks would retire for a few hours of sleep and then rise at 6am to wash and attend the office of Prime. They then gathered in Chapter to receive instructions for the day and to attend to any judicial business. Then came private Mass or spiritual reading or work until 9am when the office of Terce was said, and then High Mass. At noon came the office of Sext and the midday meal. After a brief period of communal recreation, the monk could retire to rest until the office of None at 3pm. This was followed by farming and housekeeping work until after twilight, the evening prayer of Vespers at 6pm, then the night prayer of Compline at 9pm, and off to blessed bed before beginning the cycle again. In modern times, this timetable is often changed to accommodate any apostolate outside the monastic enclosure (e.g. the running of a school or parish)."

Meanwhile, Cehualli points out:

"Copal was burned for the Teteo almost constantly in the temples. Sahagun records in Book 2 of the Florentine Codex that the priests would offer incense nine times each day. Four of these times fell during the day, five came at night. The four during the day were when then sun first appeared, at breakfast, at noon, and when the sun was setting. The five times at night were when the sun had fully set, at bedtime, when the conch shell trumpets were blown, at midnight, and shortly before dawn."

These two have given me the first blush of an idea of what a hieromonastic temple-keeping day might look like:

**Midnight ("Matins"): app. 15-minute prayer to one of the mup gods (still werqing out who goes where)
**Sleep
**Shortly before dawn ("Lauds"): app. 15-minute prayer to one of the mup gods
**This is probably a good time for non-deity-centered daily practice, which I get largely from Andersonian F(a)eri(e) (kala, running pentacles, aligning the three souls, Flower Prayer, Ha Prayer), though things like meditation/zazen/sitting practice would also fit well here.
**Dawn ("Prime"): app. 15-minute prayer to one of the mup gods
**Private magick or spiritual reading or work of some sort
**Breakfast ("Terce"): app. 15-minute prayer EACH to two of the mup gods
**Celebration of appropriate specific holy days and/or rest/free time.
**Noon ("Sext"): app. 15-minute prayer EACH to two of the mup gods.
**Lunch
**Farming and housekeeping work.
**Sunset ("None"): app. 15-minute prayer EACH to two of the mup gods.
**This is probably a good time for non-deity-centered daily practice, which I get largely from Andersonian F(a)eri(e) (kala, running pentacles, aligning the three souls, Flower Prayer, Ha Prayer), though things like meditation/zazen/sitting practice would also fit well here.
**Full Dark ("Vespers"): app. 15-minute prayer EACH to two of the mup gods.
**Rest/free time.
**Bedtime ("Compline"): app. 15-minute prayer EACH to two of the mup gods.
**Sleep
**22:00 ("Quiquiztli"): app. 15-minute prayer to one of the mup gods.

It's just a thought, a first vagary of an idea that leaves out a few things -- rather important such as the need to react to community if ever anyone shows up unexpectedly, or the fact that my monasticism is not a renunciatory path (immanent divinity, remember, not transcendent) and so there will be a pull to go to outside events, or the multitude of traditions I am drawing from that I haven't included here.

But it's a start.
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