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The following information is provided to introduce you to the Godville Monestary. If it does not answer all your questions, we invite you to inquire further.
There are many misconceptions about what monasticism is. It may be worthwhile to begin by saying that monasticism is not divided into differing orders, each having its own mission or orientation. Every monk and nun has the same vocation: to become like our chosen God seated at our Savior's feet, attending to His/Her words and the one thing needful. Neither is monasticism a preparation for the priesthood, or a step to anything else; it is simply an end in itself, the following of our God through a life of prayer free of worldly distraction.
There are three basic modes of monastic life followed to achieve this: that of the solitary; that of the skete—two or three monks living under the direction of a spiritual guide—and that of the cenobium, or community, living in obedience to an abbot.
Our community follows the communal rule, with elements of a solitary life. It was founded in 271 G.E. here in the Godville area.
The community acquired a modest three-story house that was then quite adequate for the few founding fathers and mothers. As the number of monks and sisters grew, however, it became necessary to look for new quarters, and in 767 G.E. the community found and acquired our present house. Adjoining the main hall is a coach house, which is now used for living quarters. The entire property comprises 19 acres, most of it wooded. The community presently keeps goats, bees, several cats, and a dog. We also recently finished construction of our Monetary Brewery which sits in the courtyard across from the main hall.
A typical weekday begins with breakfast, if one so desires, around 7:00 a.m., and work from 7:45 till noon. Every brother/sister works at their appointed task — called an obedience in monastic parlance — whatever this may be: cooking, translating, sewing, working at a handicraft, such as making beer and incense, filling mail orders, maintaining the house and grounds, and so forth. At noon all meet for the common meal in the refectory, at which the lives of the Gods or the writings of the monastery fathers are read. There is a quiet period until 3:30 p.m., for prayer, reading, and rest, after which all gather for the Sacred Hour at 3:30 in the chapel. The common evening meal in the refectory follows. After the meal, each works at his/her obedience until 7:00 p.m. A light snack is permitted until 7:30, after which neither food nor drink is taken. At 7:30 additional short prayers to our God are read and then after receiving a blessing from the Abbot, each retires to his/her quarters until Midnight to say his/her evening prayers, to read, and to take a short rest before Divine Prayer at Midnight. The evening prayer consists mainly of a prayer to ones God. The Divine Prayer, which may be called the heart of our monastic day, lasts until 2:30 or 3:00 a.m. Each then rests in his/her quarters until around 7:00 a.m., when a new day begins.
On weekends, the Divine Prayer is celebrated at 7:00 a.m., preceded the night before by a Vigil which begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m. or later.
We have received the tradition not to solicit donations, and are not supported by Church institutions. To the best of our ability, we support ourselves by our own work, producing icons, brewing beer in our brewery, and so forth, which are sold either at the monastery or by mail order to individuals throughout the world. We are currently looking to sell our specially brewed "Monk Beer" to distributors across the Godville and surrounding areas!
Hospitality and monasticism have always been inseparable. Visitors may have a tour of the monastery, including the workshops, brewery and the grounds. With the abbot’s blessing, it is possible for men/women who desire an overnight visit at the monastery to make use of one of our large guest rooms.
We appreciate your interest.
May your God bless you and guide you on the path of eternal salvation.
Monk Beer, 9.3% ABV, Pilsner malt combined with an Abbey yeast strain yields a remarkable and complex flavor packed with notes of spice, banana and pear. Nicely balanced, with a moderate to dry finish. Monk Beer is bottle conditioned which imparts a special effervescence to the beer and a creamier carbonation. The ongoing fermentation inside the bottle will change the character of the beer as it ages and you’ll find it becomes dryer with age. You may want to lay down a few bottles for future evaluation. We suggest storing at cellar temperatures (around 55°F) and away from light. This brew is available year-round. Stop by our brewery or ask your local pub to carry it!
The Hierarchy of the Monastery -
Abbot or Abbess - He/she is the head of the monastery and chosen by the other monks/sisters for their kindness, goodness and leadership qualities. His/her word is law in the monastery but he/she is trusted not to give out commands that are impossible to carry out. The abbot/abbess lives within the monastery. They should be like a father/mother to all the monks/sisters.
Prior - The second in command. A prior is in charge of the day to day running of the monastery, locking the doors at night and is therefore the last to bed. They direct the monks’ work, giving them the tools that they need and checking that they are doing the work allocated to them. They are responsible for talking to monks/sisters who are slacking.
Sub-Prior- Helps the Prior with anything they may need help with. There are 3 of these positions.
Monastery Ranks (lowest to highest):
Candidate - The title for a person asking for admission into the monastery, both before actual admission and for the length of time proceeding their admission into the novitiate.
Novice - A prospective monastic undergoing a period of training and preparation prior to taking vows in the order to determine whether or not they are called to the religious life.
Lay Brother/Sister - Lay Brothers/Sisters handle secular matters, typically manual labor which either gains money for or supports the monastery, such as working in farms, gardens, the hospice, infirmary, and kitchens.
Choir Monk/Nun - Monks who have been or will be ordained into monastic orders as a deacon or priest/priestess.
Monk/Nun - A monastic clergyman who practices religious asceticism. The female term is nun.
These are additional titles each Monk may choose from as their selected "job" within the Monastery. (Only available to those who attain the rank of Monk/Nun).
Sacristan - Looks after the church building, the holy vessels of the altar, the valuable linens, robes and banners. All these are kept in the Sacristy. It was their duty to ensure that the church is clean. They are also responsible for the lighting in the church, buying wax for the best candles and tallow for the ordinary, everyday candles. They also buy oil for the cressets, which are little, stone saucers in which a wick is floated in the oil. (Sacristan's must have served as Sub-Sacristian's for a time before gaining this title.)
Sub Sacristan- They are responsible for the ringing of the bell throughout the hours of night and day which calls the monks/nuns to services. In winter, they are expected to supply hot coals in iron dishes to warm the hands of those serving at the altar.
Infirmarian- They are responsible for looking after and caring for the sick. They work in the infirmary. The infirmarian are skilled in medicine, first-aid and simple operations and many people from outside the monastery often seek their advice on medical matters. The infirmary has its own chapel, bathhouse, refectory, kitchen, and a herb garden (herbarium) that provides plants for medicines and ointments.
Cantor- They train the novices to sing and chant in the right way. They chose the music for the services and have a special seat in the church from where they lead the singing. When the monks/nuns go around the monastery singing in procession, the cantor should walk up and down the line to keep the singing together. They also hear beforehand the monks/nuns who have to read aloud in church or at dinner, to make sure they can read without stumbling. They look after the books, arranging them on shelves, in their correct places, making sure that they do not get damp or eaten by mice. They are responsible for making sure that damaged books are repaired. They also mix the ink and get the parchment ready. Parchment is made from the skin of sheep or calves, scraped and rubbed until all the hair is off and it is quite smooth and shiny.
Almoner- The almoner is responsible for looking after the poor. They give away food, clothing, scraps from the kitchens and worn garments. The poor queue up daily to receive their 'dole' or gift. The food the poor receive should be porridge, bread and beer or pottage, a soup made of beans and peas. The almoner is also responsible for looking after pilgrims, lepers and beggars.
Guest Master- Looks after pilgrims and travelers since there are very few inns around. They are provided with a meal and a room in the guesthouse, for which they only pay for if they can afford it. They are also responsible for making sure that the roads to the monastery are kept in good repair. They also post monks/nuns to act as guides, directing people to the monastery.
Cellarer- Looks after the cellars and storerooms, where food, beer and wines were kept. They are responsible for the ordering and transporting of all food and drink, and often clothes, wood, ploughs and carts. Some items have to be fetched from the markets. A great deal of the food is grown in our own fields, and the cellarer has to make sure there are enough corn, flour, beans and other essentials in the bins, and when they are empty, to bring in more from the barns or granges.
Kitchener- They collect food from the cellarer and see to the cooking. Other workers do most of the cooking, unless a very important guest is attending, and in such circumstances the kitchener would cook. The kitcheners have to ensure that the plates are clean and not cracked. The kitchener also has carriers working for them and they bring in food for the cooks, wood for the fires, and take away refuse and ashes.
Salter- They work in the kitchens salting the meats for winter storage and make some of the sauces to go with different dishes. They are also known as the mustardarius as they are responsible for making mustards which often go with the salted meats.
Refectorian- They are in charge of the dining-room and make arrangements for serving meals, table linens, cutlery and crockery. They have to make sure that there are flowers or sweet smelling plants or herbs on the tables, and that each monk has his/her cup and spoon and a loaf of bread, wrapped in a clean napkin. They also have to make sure that the salt is dry and that there is hot water and clean towels in the lavatory for monks to wash their hands before dinner.
Chamberlain- They provide clothes, boots, shoes, fur caps, linen and bedding to the monks. They have to supply hot water for feet-washing, shaving and bathing. Laundresses helped them with the washing of clothes and linens.
Librarian- They are in charge of books and manuscripts in the library.
Brewer- They help the Brewmaster (typically a pryor) with brewing the famous Monk Beer. This would include growing and harvesting all the necessary ingredients.
Master of the Novices- They organize the education of those who are studying to become monks/nuns. Because of it's importance, this title is usually voted on my the other monks/nuns or assigned by the abbot or the priors.