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Žiče Charterhouse (Carthusian monastery)#

Žiče Charterhouse (Carthusian monastery)
Žiče Charterhouse (Carthusian monastery)
© D. Kaiser
The individual cells are organised so that the door of each cell comes off a large corridor. Next to the door is a small revolving compartment so that meals and other items may be passed in and out of the cell without the hermit having to meet the bearer.

Most meals are provided in this manner and are eaten in the solitude of his cell. The monk makes his needs known to the lay brother by means of a note, requesting items such as a fresh loaf of bread, which will be kept in the cell for eating with several meals. Carthusians never eat meat.

The hermit spends most of his day in the cell: he meditates, prays on his own, eats, studies and writes, and works in his garden or at some manual trade. Unless required by other duties, the Carthusian hermit leaves his cell daily only for three prayer services in the monastery chapel, including the community Mass, and occasionally for conferences with his superior.

Additionally, once a week, community members take a long walk in the countryside during which they may speak. On Sundays and solemn feastdays a community meal is taken in silence. Twice a year there is a day-long community recreation, and the monk may receive an annual visit from immediate family members.