Friday, 14 June 2019 —
The Saint-Sixtus Abbey forms part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae (O.C.S.O.)). The monks lead a sober evangelical life, and share everything with each other in deep respect for each other, as described in the Rule of Saint Benedict.
The monks lead a life of seclusion focused on rest and contemplation within the abbey. They divide their time between prayer, contemplation and work and follow a balanced routine every day.
They have a long tradition of praying at every important moment during the day and even at night. This rhythm is called the ‘Book of Hours’, when the monks pray together, using words primarily from the Psalms.
The prayer moments of the monks are open to all. One can attend the Eucharist, the closure of the day (Compline) or the morning, midday or evening prayers. Anyone who wants to experience the rhythm of prayer within the abbey in full can stay at the abbey for a few days and nights to see and take part in the entire liturgy of the hours.
The Lectio Divina constitutes an exceptional and important spiritual practice for the monks: a slow, attentive and in-depth reading of the Bible.
According to the Rule of Saint Benedict the monasteries must be self-sufficient and independent.
That is why the monks of Saint-Sixtus Abbey also develop an economic activity: brewing beer. Monks do not work for commercial reasons. Production and profit maximisation are not their main goals. The proceeds are intended for the livelihood of the monks and for the maintenance of the monastery. The remainder is spent on development projects and works of charity.
The brewery of Sint-Sixtus Abbey is somewhat special in the Belgian brewery landscape. The annual production is around 6,000 hectolitres, spread over 42 brewing days per year.
In short, the monks of the Saint-Sixtus Abbey brew to live. They do not live to brew.
For more information regarding the community of the Saint-Sixtus Abbey:www.sintsixtus.be.