What St. Benedict calls the Divine Office or the Work of God is a basic component of our monastic common life. It is composed of hymns, psalms, readings and intercessions. We also celebrate our community Mass daily. Mass, Vespers and Compline are always sung. The other offices are recited except on major feast days when they too are sung.

Note: the school year Mass time began on August 25th

Morning Prayer

Weekdays: 5:20am (school year), 5:50am (summer)
Saturday & Sunday:


Weekdays: 7:30am (school year, beginning on 8/24/2022), 8:00am (summer)
Saturday & Federal Holidays: 8:30am
Sunday: 9:00am

Midday Prayer: 12:05pm (daily)

Vespers:  6:00pm (daily)

Compline: 7:30pm (Daily - recited privately on Sundays and certain other days)

December 6, 2022: Announcement from Abbot James:

Dear Friends of St. Anselm’s,

After some weeks of declining health, our dear Fr. Boniface von Nell died peacefully on Monday afternoon at Suburban Hospital, where he had received excellent care. His abbey caregiver, Rowena Corbett, and I were at his side, holding his hands as he breathed his last. Fr. Boniface was a gentle, loving person and a dedicated Benedictine monk. Within the monastery he had held many positions over the years, including those of guestmaster, novice master, sacristan, librarian, and director of oblates. He also served as the spiritual director for many persons and was a gifted iconographer, with some of his icons regularly being on the cover of our Christmas cards. He also loved our school and for many years taught classes in Latin and German, the latter a language he had learned from his parents.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held in our abbey church on this coming Saturday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. The previous day, Friday the 9th, the rite of Reception of the Body into the church will take place at 4 p.m., with visitation possible from then until 9 p.m.

May he now rest in the Lord’s peace.


--Abbot James

Dear Friends of St. Anselm’s,

As we continue follow guidelines from the D.C. government and the archdiocese, we no longer require masking on the part of those who come to worship with us, even though we recognize that many persons will prefer to wear a mask, which is perfectly fine. All of our liturgical services are now open to the public. For the time being, holy Communion at Mass will be offered only under the species of bread, and the sign of peace should be exchanged by a bow or wave and so not yet by shaking hands. This may seem to some persons as overly cautious, but we have been spared any outbreak of the virus thus far and are taking reasonable precautions so that everyone, both monks and guests, may stay healthy.

Sincerely in St. Benedict,
--Abbot James Wiseman, OSB

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