Jerome the monk

June 22

My name is Jerome and I am a Cistercian monk. As a Cistercian brother I have sworn three oaths; poverty- I do not own any personal property (but this scroll), chastity- I can not marry or have any relations with woman, and finally obedience to the father and the Church. So with that introduction I will record this day’s events.

4:00

I get up at four o’clock and dress in my cell. I am fortunate to have a monastery with cells; most others have dormitories. After dressing in the white habit of all Cistercian brothers I hurry to the church to partake in the first prayer service of the day.

5:00

With many of the other monks I walk to the cloister to read and study a poetry book. The cloister is connected to many important buildings- in fact it is the center of the monastery. There are many niches for monks to read or pray and it is surrounded on three sides by our garden.

5:30

As one of the 10 scribes in our monastery I copy and write many books in the scriptorium where I am headed now. At the moment I am coping a book of myths (we copy many kinds of books). For two hours I copy the myth of St. George And The Dragon.

7:30

To the church for the second prayer service.

8:30

As the Almoner of the monastery I must, twice a week, go and distribute clothing and money to the needy. There are many other duties such as cook, doctor, or guest master but I am content with my role.

9:30

A prayer service and Mass

10:00

Our first meal of the day, we eat two meals a day- 10:00 and 2:00. We are having bread, salmon, and fresh greens from the garden. We eat our meals in silence as the father reads from a book of famous monks

10:30

Another prayer service and a chapter read to us from St. Benedict’s Book of Rules

11:15

I walk to the scriptorium to finish St. George And The Dragon then I must start illustrating it.

12:00

To the church for a short prayer service and a longer Mass.

12:30

I am going to work in the garden with Brother Martin. We have lots and lots of weeding, hoeing, and picking to do.

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