Seeking God in Prayer

Sisters praying in choir

Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ
Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 72

At St. Emma we live as Benedictine nuns following the Rule of St. Benedict (480-543).

Six times a day we come together to praise God in the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, which we sing in English according to simplified Gregorian chant melodies. The center and summit of the monasery's life of prayer and work is the celebration of the daily Eucharist. In it we are nourished in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ whom we wish to cherish above all (RB 5, 2).

Sacred reading (lectio divina) and personal prayer in an atmosphere of silence, allowing God to speak to us, are essential for our monastic life.

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