It is very important in the life of a catholic sister to have a Horarium, which is Latin for “the Hours” and means a daily schedule of those living in a religious community that is part of the Roman Catholic Church.
Our Horarium is:
"From the rising of the sun to its setting, praised be the Name of God!" (Psalm 113:3).
1. 5.00 am. – Rise (on Sundays and Holydays at 6.00 am.)
2. 5.30 am. – Lauds/Liturgy of hours, morning prayers, meditation
3. 7.00 – 8.00 am. – Holy Mass (if possible in the morning hours)
4. 8.00 – 9.00 am. – Breakfast
5. 9.00 am. – Work time
6. 12.00 pm. – The Angelus, detailed examination of conscience
7. 1.00 pm. – Lunch, recreation, after-lunch adoration
8. 2.00 – 3.30 pm. – Silencio/silence
9. 3.30 – 6.00pm. – Work time
10. 6.00 pm. – Vespers
11. 6.30 – 7.00 pm. – Supper, evening recreation
12. 8.15 pm. – Rosary, Compline, preparation for the morning meditation and the Holy Mass
13. 10.00 pm. – Retire, great silence until the rise
The Horarium and its observance is extremely important as it helps our Communities to set and balance the time between prayer, work, and leisure.
The above Horarium is the very first Horarium, the blueprint, proposed by our Mother Foundress for the Order of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family. Now, because of the constantly changing times, each Community adjusts the Horarium to their own specific needs. For example, some Sisters work in Parish Offices, Sacristies, Schools, Hospitals or Nursing Homes and are not able to attend the activities set in the original Horarium in its exact times. In this case, some Communities will move the times of prayer or recreation to different times, or make sure that each sister in that particular Community will have the time and chance to say her prayers individually.