An oratory should be built as conveniently as possible among the cells,
where, if it can be done without difficulty, you are to gather each morning
to participate in the celebration of Mass.
In keeping with our Rule, when designing our new monastery - opened in 2005 - we decided to incorporate the old chapel into one side of our cloister square, in order that our "cells" are arranged around it!
The Eucharist is the centre of our day, the moment of intense encounter with Jesus, where the unity of our Community is renewed and deepened. We come to the Eucharist to draw life and love for our daily journey, for a loan of His love with which to live out the new commandment and so enter into communion with our brothers and sisters everywhere.
Our Carmelite Chaplains from Gort Muire come faithfully to us each morning, providing us with spiritual nourishment for the day. We try to keep our Liturgies simple and reflective in order to create an atmosphere of silence and reverence. We compliment the prayers and readings of the mass with music and singing accompanied by organ, guitar or zither.
First Friday mornings, our Eucharist is extended by a period of public
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We also hold a full day of
Eucharistic Adoration on certain feasts such as Corpus Christi, Good
Shepherd Sunday and Mission Sunday. Private Adoration is also available
for the Sisters in our prayer room as desired.
The eucharistic praise and thanksgiving, the memorial of the mysteries of salvation, and the foretaste of heavenly glory that are celebrated in the Mass, are prolonged and renewed all day long by the Liturgy of the Hours. This makes up our Community Prayer through the day which you can read about on the next page.
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