Prayer at Prime
A Deliberate Beginning
At this hour, I accept my tasks for today; may I tackle them with courage and bring blessings to all whom I serve through mindful, careful, cheerful work.
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Prime is the hour when work duties are given out in the monastic community. The focus is on a proper beginning; to start the day’s activities properly, wholeheartedly.
This world was given to us to work on. Cultivating it, we come to a deep understanding of the divine reality with which every part of creation is changed.
The angel of Prime has the brightest face of all, like the one in the circus who beats the drum for the acrobat to leap. Prime is a drum-roll to start our day deliberately.