A monastic life is devoted to prayer. To living a way that is prayerful, to creating and decidating time for meditation and contemplation, and to a deepening relationship with God. There are many prayerful practices that can help us. This is a growing collection of practices.

Divine Office

Praying liturgical prayers throughout the day has been a practice of the Church for centuries. We see this in the life of Jesus when he goes to the temple to pray. That is one of these times. Traditionally there are seven prayers throughout the day. Since we are Urban Monastics and generally have jobs and families to attend to, we would never expect everyone to pray all seven of these prayers each day. We suggest you start with one each day, and add more in when you’re able.

Learn more and practice the Divine Office.

We pray Vespers from the Divine Office together in community when we meet virtually for our monthly Gatherings.


An Examen is an intimate and meditative prayerful reflection on ones day. It helps us see & sense God’s presence at work throughout our day.

Learn more and practice an Examen.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a practice of listening to scripture read out loud while we allow the Holy Spirit’s presence to speak to us. It is a meditative and contemplative practice that allows us to slow down and meet with God.

Learn more and practice Lectio Divina.

Lectio Divina is a practice we do together when we meet for Moments throughout the year.