The cenobite is, in this sense, first of all a total hourly scansion of existence, in which every moment has its corresponding Office or duty [ufficio], either of prayer and reading or manual labor. In the Rule of the Master, the “holy art” that the monk learns must be exercised “continuously day and night”.

Agamben, Giorgio: The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life (2013)

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