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This Bell Tower from the 6th Century still stands

This Bell Tower from the 6th Century still stands

For insight in developing a Prayer rhythm, I encourage all monks to visit the Refectorium and check on a discussion in Fireside Fellowship called “August Approaches”.   Check out what other monks are doing  as part of their daily prayer, and share your own methods and struggles.

Consistency can be difficult to develop.  While far less precisely dictated than the Benedictine Daily Office, Celtic monasteries of the Celi Dei period were famous for their bell towers, some of which still stand.  The point of the bell tower was to toll the bells to mark the Hours, so that everyone knew to stop and pray.  This was practiced by both scholars and farmers, the high towers allowing the sound to carry a great distance.

Brother J and I are considering offering automated email reminders to pray the Hours for those desiring that external nudge to help us keep focused.   I cannot say how much I would rather make my way up a curving stair to pull a bell that would then chime and echo around a green valley, but I suppose it is the function that we’re after here, rather than the form.  Please contact me if this is of interest to you.  I think we could make it work regardless of time zone.

raysimpsonAnother great resource for developing Celtic understanding and lifestyle is Ray Simpson’s website and all of his books, many of which for some reason are not mentioned on this site.  They are expensive to buy and ship from the UK I can tell you,but Amazon has some of them and others are available second hand.   There are many FREE downloads here, and I hope you take advantage of them.  http://www.raysimpson.org/downloads

If you scroll WAY down, there are downloads for “How to Make a Rule of Life” as well as introductions to full monastic teachings offered, among many others. I’m sure you’ll see more than one title that catches your eye. Writing Celtic Prayers is at the very bottom.

I am also studying some resources for learning to chant the Psalms.  We know that this was an integral element to the life of Celtic Saints, and all other Christian monastic forms.  When I’m done the two books I’m working on, I’ll post my results for your consideration.

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