Daily Rhythm of Life

An important part of the experience of a retreat at Richmond Hill is the participant’s entering into the life of the community through the rhythm of prayers, work, meals, and fellowship.  This interruption of the day for prayer and quiet, and for our common life in this city, is a central feature of most of the world’s significant religious traditions. We have concluded that it may be central to spiritual health, and have therefore built it into our common life.

We ask all groups and individuals at Richmond Hill to join with us in this rhythm. The bell will ring to announce these times to all who are present. Prayers are led by the residents and staff of Richmond Hill.

The schedule of our common life is as follows:

                                7:00 – 7:15        morning prayer

                                7:30 –   8:00     breakfast

                                12:00 – 12:15    noonday prayer                                  

                                12:30 – 1:00      lunch

                                5:30 – 6:30       community worship (Tuesday only)           

                                6:00 – 6:15       evening prayer  (every day but Tuesday)

                                6:30 – 7:30       dinner

                                9:30                   snack 

                                11:00                 quiet time

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