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Worship & Work

Deep calls to Deep

At the heart of the 1500 year Benedictine spiritual tradition, "Worship and Work" succinctly describes the daily rhythm and spiritual dynamic of the monks of the Order of Saint Benedict.

A vocation to Worship, the first Work of the Benedictine monks is Worship. The Benedictine Work of Worship; the liturgy of the hours, daily Mass, and the ancient tradition of lectio divina, strives to serve to the spiritual need of the world and Church.

Daily Work among the Benedictine monks articulates and punctuates the spiritual life of the community, giving physical expression to the spiritual fruits of a life of Worship.

Worship inspires Work. 
Work reveals Worship.


Worship And Work


Worship And Work


Third Edition

Colman Barry, OSB


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The first edition of Worship and Work: Saint John's Abbey and University, 1856-1956, was published on the occasion of the centennial observance of Abbot Boniface Wimmer's first American monastic foundation in Minnesota.

Reprinted in 1980 on the occasion of the fifteen-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Abbot Saint Benedict, the work included an epilogue covering the first quarter of Saint John's second century.

This third edition, published in 1993, contains the original, unabridged text of the first two editions, along with an epilogue covering 1980-1992.

Product number: 1123

ISBN: 978-0-8146-1123-4

Pages: 606

Trim Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2

Publication Date: 03/01/1980