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Mass Schedule

           "If anyone wishes to pray, let them simply go in and pray with tears and full attention of heart."  

Rule of Benedict, Chapter 53:1

The Abbey Church is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. All members of the Saint Anselm College community and the general public are invited to spend time in reflection and prayer.


Prayer Schedule

All services take place in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church unless otherwise indicated.

Schedule A observance for the Spring Semester begins Tuesday, January 17th.

Exceptions/special events are posted below. Schedule updates are also posted at the entrances to the Abbey Church.

When The College Is In Session (Schedule A)

Monday - Friday

  • 6 a.m. - Vigils and Lauds
  • 12 p.m. - Daytime Prayer
  • 5:15 p.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 7:05 p.m. - Vespers
  • 9 p.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist*

Saturday

  • 6 a.m. - Vigils and Lauds
  • 11:50 a.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist with Daytime Prayer
  • 5:35 p.m. - Vespers
  • 7:30 p.m. - Vigils

Sunday

  • 7:10 a.m. - Lauds
  • 8:30 a.m. - Daytime Prayer (Terce)
  • 11 a.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 5:30 p.m. - Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 7 p.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 7:30 p.m. - Compline

*Wednesdays only. The Mass is celebrated in the Lower Church.

When The College Is Not In Session (Schedule B)

Monday - Friday

  • 6 a.m. - Vigils and Lauds
  • 8:30 a.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 12 p.m. - Daytime Prayer
  • 5:35 p.m. - Vespers
  • 7:05 p.m. - Compline***

Saturday

  • 6 a.m. - Vigils and Lauds
  • 8:30 a.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 12 p.m. - Daytime Prayer
  • 5:35 p.m. - Vespers
  • 7:30 p.m. - Vigils

Sunday

  • 7:10 a.m. - Lauds
  • 8:30 a.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 12 p.m. - Daytime Prayer
  • 5:30 p.m. - Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 7:05 p.m. - Compline***

***During the College's summer recess, Compline is celebrated at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church.

Special Events/Exceptions - Spring 2017

  • Throughout Lent, an additional Mass will be offered Monday through Friday at 12 noon in the Lower Church
  • Saturday April 1: Saint Anselm College President's Society Celebration. Daytime Prayer is celebrated at 12 noon. The only Mass of the day is at 5 p.m. Vespers is celebrated privately.
  • Sunday April 2: Morning Prayer begins at 6:50 a.m. with Vigils.
  • Saturday April 8: Saint Anselm College Choir Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the Abbey Church. Vigils is celebrated privately.
  • Wednesday April 12 through Monday April 17: Easter Recess. Holy Week schedule posted separately.
  • Saturday April 22: Nurses Pinning Mass in the Abbey Church at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday April 23: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at 7 p.m. Mass
  • Schedule B observance for College Summer Recess begins Saturday May 13
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