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  The Monastery  
     
 
There are just over forty five monks in the Belmont Community, but because of the extensive pastoral commitments that are undertaken outside the monastery, just under twenty are resident at the Abbey. The others are in parishes or involved with chaplaincy work, while a number are at our foundation of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Peru.
For those at the Abbey the day is regulated by the sound of the bell that calls the Community together, particularly for prayer in common. We begin the day with Matins and Lauds and this is followed by the daily community Mass. Again at lunchtime we break from work to pray the short Midday Hour. Sung Vespers draws us together at the end of the day before Supper, and after a period of recreation together as a Community we sing Compline, the prayer for a safe and quiet night.
 
 
 
There is a great deal going on in the monastery, which makes it a busier place than many would imagine. Many are involved in the work of hospitality: in Hedley Lodge, organizing retreats and day events and welcoming school groups. There is practical work to be done behind the scenes, such as looking after the material needs of the Community and caring for the buildings. Others develop and use their musical or literary skills for the service of the Church, or are involved in pastoral work around ?the parishes. Other tasks are more practical: desk-top publishing, printing and gardening. St Benedict insisted that all monks should contribute to the work of the Community, and as a sign of this all take a turn in serving at meals in the refectory.
The Abbot, the father of the Community, has the important role of coordinating its work. Others are assigned particular responsibilities such as the Infirmarian, who cares for the sick or the Novice Master for those in formation.
Alongside whatever work the individual is given to do, each monk finds time to cultivate what is most important, his life with Christ: so there are times of quiet or silence for prayer, reflection and spiritual reading, known as Lectio Divina, the pondering of the Word of God