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ave you ever wondered about the bells in the Cadfael stories?


These bells tell the Benedictine monk when it is time to pray.

  • Matins - First bell of the day, this service was held at midnight.
  • Lauds - Short service, approx. 1:30am.
  • Chapter - Morning Meeting
  • Prime - Morning Prayer, held at dawn
  • Terce - Short office, held around 9am
  • Sext - Short office, held at noon
  • None - Short prayer meeting, about 3pm
  • Collation - Short readings held after supper.
  • Vespers - Early evening Prayer, 6pm.
  • Compline - Evening Prayer, before bedtime. 7:30pm summer, 8:30pm winter.


Click here to download the benedictine bell sound (WAV ~ 170KB)


Written by SteveC