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Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life

Meditation During Silent Periods of Group Work – Rule of St Pachomius

The Latin translation specifies in order to fill the vacuum left by their silence, the monks are to “recite together” [during periods of group work] until they have finished the task.  It is clear that what they recite are “psalms and Scriptures.”  The Coptic translation here is more laconic: they are to “meditate”. This was in fact the ancient monastic form of meditation, where one memorized biblical passages for just such a purpose: to recite them during the working day.  Often these were murmured privately in a low voice.  Page 133

From:  Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life
By:  Terrence G. Kardong, OSB