Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Monastic Refectory

Here we see Spencer's refectory.  Fathers Abbot and Prior and Br. Subprior sit at the head table below the crucifix at the western end. The rest of the monks sit in order of seniority, according to their date of entrance. Each of our places in the refectory is marked with a wooden name tablet and a large linen towel which serves as placemat and napkin. Our dinner usually consists of a portion of cooked pasta or potato, a small selection of other cooked vegetables, a fresh salad, fruit and perhaps a dessert (except on Fridays and weekdays during Lent). This is the monk's main meal and is always taken in silence and accompanied by reading.
photograph by Brother Anthony Khan