During her lifetime, our Holy Mother Clare commended their beloved Assisi to the prayers of the sisters reminding them: “Every day we receive many good things from this city.” Still today, behind the cloister walls the daughters St. Clare and St. Colette offer the incense of their prayers to God throughout the day and night for the needs of the world and beg His blessings on all who make it possible for them to live their contemplative life within the enclosure of the monastery. They commend to the powerful intercession of St. Clare the city and diocese of Rockford and all those near and far from whom they continue to “receive many good things.”
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You are welcome to join us for Vespers & Benediction the first three Sundays of Advent:
Where: Poor Clare Monastery Chapel
When: December 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Remember, Glorious Mother Clare, the promise Jesus made you when, prostrate before the Holy Tabernacle, you implored Him on behalf of those in distress. It was your glory to confound the enemies of the Church by presenting the Holy Eucharist to their gaze. (Memorare to St. Clare)
The sisters pray for your intentions at these times:
|12:45 a.m.||Matins (Office of Readings)|
|5:30 a.m.||Lauds (Morning Prayer)|
|7:00 a.m.||Holy Sacrifice of the Mass|
|9:30 a.m.||Terce (Midmorning Prayer)|
|11:45 a.m.||Sext (Midday Prayer)|
|2:00 p.m.||None (Midafternoon Prayer)|
|4:30 p.m.||Vespers (Evening Prayer)|
|7:30 p.m.||Compline (Night Prayer)|
The Poor Clare nuns enjoy the special privilege of private Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, that favor granted to all Poor Clares “on account of the great devotion of our seraphic Mother St. Clare to the Adorable Sacrament and the miracles attending her devotion.”
However, each Friday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration in the public Chapel following the 7:00 a.m. Mass. The Chapel is open for adoration all day, concluding with Rosary and Benediction at 4:10 p.m. All are welcome! (directions)
Daily the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered at 7:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Although the Chapel is kept locked the rest of the day, Jesus and the sisters are always home and anyone wishing to pray in the public Chapel is most welcome to do so. One need only ring the doorbell and ask to be admitted to pray.