Exarchic Greek Abbey of St. Mary of Grottaferrata - Basilian Monks

Corso del Popolo, 128 - 00046 Grottaferrata (Rome) ITALY - Phone 0039.06.9459309 - Fax 0039.06.9456734

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  • A Panoramic View
  • The Entrance Portal
  • A Section of the Roverian Walls
  • The Basilica of St. Mary
  • The Byzantine Mosaic
  • The Triumphal Arch
  • The Cryptoporticus
  • The Fortress at Night
A Panoramic View1 The Entrance Portal2 A Section of the Roverian Walls3 The Basilica of St. Mary4 The Byzantine mosaic5 The Triumphal Arch6 The Cryptoporticus7 The Fortress at Night8
VOCATION -> Monastic Life

Monk painterSt. Paul admonished all Christians: "if anyone is unwilling to work, neither should that one eat" (2 Thess 3, 10). Following the instruction of the Apostle, the monastic tradition embraced it faithfuly, likewise the Basilian Monks of Grottaferrata.

The Monk’s day is not only crowded by the liturgical celebrations but also completed by several kinds of works (manual and intellectual) of every brother (working on the land, teaching, publishing, library service, assistance of the sicks, management, preaching of retreats, welcoming and pastoral assistance...): the monks get their daily bread by their own work.

But the essential purpose of monastic life remains the obedience to the Holy Spirity and the prayer life (contemplative life). Every monk is summoned, through the common liturgical prayer, to transform in living prayer all his activities.

Monk absorbed in prayerThe practice of 'the prayer of Jesus' or 'prayer of the heart', that means the constant invocation of the Lord, forms the typical ambition of the mystical Byzantine tradition: the monks pursue it in the loneliness of their cells ("Remain in your cell and it will teach you everything"), by the constant meditation of the Word of God, listening attentive and wisely to their own heart and the heart of them who desire to share with the monks the spiritual way.

Info: segreteria@abbaziagreca.it

05.30 Get up
06.00 Orthros (Matins)
07.00 Community Divine Liturgy
08.00 Breakfast
08.15-12.25 Works and tasks of each monk
12.25-12.50 Terce and sext liturgic hours
12.50-01.20 Lunch
01.20-02.15 Community recess
02.15-03.30 Retire to the cells
03.45-04.30 None hour and vespers
04.30-07.25 Leisure time dedicated to reading, study or outdoor activities
07.25-08.00 Akathist hymn and community meditation
08.00-08.30 Dinner
08.30-09.00 Apòdhipnon (Compline)
09.00 Retire to the cells and great silence

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