Each first Friday of the month we have what we call a “Desert Day.” The intention is to provide extra time for solitude and prayer.
On Desert Days the Little Hours of Terce, Sext and None are prayed in private and there is no official work period except for the two cooks, who get their Desert Day on the following day, Saturday.
From after the morning Conventual Mass until Vespers we have Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church on Desert Days. Brothers sign up the day before to be in the church for intervals of an hour for Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament concludes the time of Adoration at 5:35 pm.
Brothers can pray, read, rest, exercise, etc., at their discretion throughout the Desert Day. You will never hear a word of complaint about our Desert Days! They are normally an opportunity for a “pause that refreshes,” as Coca Cola was advertised as being, many decades ago!