The Monastic Day
There was a Benedictine monastery beside Rochester Cathedral from Norman times until it was closed by Henry VIII at the time of The Dissolution of the Monasteries (1540 in the case of Rochester). The Benedictine monks followed the Rule of St Benedict, written in the 6th century and still followed by Benedictine monks in the UK and around the world. The monks spent their time praying (as you would expect!), doing physical work and studying. This kept the spirit, body and mind exercised and healthy.
With the help of our cathedral mascot, Eggie the Eagle, this presentation gives a light hearted look at the normal pattern of a monastic day in the medieval period. As well as viewing the slideshow above, you can click on the images below for larger versions.