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Life in a Monestary
Transcript of Life in a Monestary
A monastery is a group of buildings where people known as "Monks" live. These people devote all of their time to God and spend their entire life secluded from the rest of the world.
The word monastery comes from the Greek word meaning "alone".
Medieval monasteries were typically found in Spain, Gaul, Italy and Ireland in the fifth and six centuries.
A Monk's day...
Prayer was everything in a medieval monastery. The first bell, which signaled the first prayer of the day, typically rang around 12 a.m to 1 a.m. Sunrise called for the second prayer and then monk's prayed every three hours after that. Private prayers lasted, at minimum, four hours each. Group prayers throughout the monastery, lasted on average three hours each.
During the Winter, meals were only served once a day. During the Summer, they were served twice a day. Monk's were not allowed to speak during their meal. They developed a sign language in order to communicate.
Work was a huge role in the monotheistic religion. A monk's goal was to work while praying, and to pray while working. Gardening, cooking, cleaning, crafting, and office work were a few of the many different ways that a monk would seek God.
An individual in the monastic religion separates himself or herself from society in one of four different ways: a Hermit, a Cenobite, a Sarabite, or a Gyrovague.
Hermits were people that behaved like nothing less than a hermit. They were more of the secluded group of monks. More often than not, a single hermit lived in a place called a hermitage. Traditionally hermitages have been located in caves or huts in the desert or along wood lines.
According to Saint Benedict, a cenobite lives in community with other monks, under a rule and an Abbot. "There are, then, three components of cenobitic monasticism: 1) life together in a single monastery; 2) corporate submission to a rule; 3) under the authority and care of an abbot."
The sarabites did not live under any ruling. They did not have an abbot to answer to. Summed up, a sarabite did what they wanted to do, when they wanted to do it.
A gyrovague was typically known for being commitment shy. They were never content with anything. They are described to have been "restless wanderers".