Benedict of Nursia on the Community at Worship

He started out as a hermit and later became the leader of a flourishing religious community in the hill country near Rome. His followers lived a simple and austere life, gathering for prayer seven times each day, and spending the rest of their time in manual work, private prayer and study. Today's Worship Quote of the Week comes from Benedict of Nursia (480?-547?), founder of the Benedictines.

We believe that God is present everywhere, and the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the good and the bad . . . We must therefore consider how we should behave in the sight of Divine Majesty, and as we sing our psalms let us see to it that our mind is in harmony with our voice.

- Benedict of Nursia, Eerdmans' Book of Christian Classics: A Treasury of Christian Writings through the Centuries, ed. Veronica Zundel (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1985), 26.


Almighty and loving Lord, may the praises on our lips be accompanied by the sincere devotion of our hearts. Amen!

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