“Within the family, which could be called a domestic church, individuals enter upon an ecclesial experience of communion among persons, which reflects, through grace, the mystery of the Holy Trinity.” (Amoris Laetitia)


1. Matrimony: The husband and wife vow to take each other as one another’s lawful spouse, to have and to hold, from the day of their wedding, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death.

2. Office of Husband and FatherIt is the duty of the husband to treat his wife liberally and honorably. The husband should also be constantly occupied in some honest pursuit with a view to provide necessaries for his family, as well as to avoid the languor of idleness. He is also to keep all his family in order, to correct their morals, fix their respective duties, and see that they perform them with fidelity. (see Catechism of the Council of Trent)

3. Office of Wife and Mother: The wife is to love her husband, to esteem him above all others, yielding to him in all things not inconsistent with Christian piety. The beauty of the virtuous wife is the radiance of her home (Book of Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16). Especial objects of the her attention and study should be to train up her children in the practice of virtue, and to pay particular attention to their domestic concerns. (see Catechism of the Council of Trent)

4. Duties of Children: The honor which children are commanded to pay to their parents is the spontaneous offering of sincere and dutiful love. Children also owe to their parents other duties of respect, such as to supplicate God on their behalf. Children honor their parents by submission to their wishes and inclinations, and by the imitation of their good example. Children also honor their parents when they not only ask, but follow their parents’ counsels. (see Catechism of the Council of Trent)

5. Prayer: Each member of the family, but especially the head of the household, must pray at all times in spirit  (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). While the entirety of the Rule should be performed as prayer, the Angelus and Family Prayer are set as particularly vocal prayers.

6. Order: As God orders all things wonderfully by the power of His wisdom (see St. Gregory the Great, Letter to the Bishops of Epirus) so too should man. The family’s course is ordered in the tripartite division of time, place, and eternity, instantiated in the forms of the Calendary, the Cartography, and the Curriculum, respectively.

Calendary: The Calendary orders the seasons and days of the year, and consists of the Temporale and the Sanctorale cycles. The Temporale cycle, which orders the Scripture readings for each day of the year, is in harmony with the readings and seasons of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Whereas the Sanctorale cycle, which orders the feast days of the Saints, is in accord with the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, enriched by certain additions from the Extraordinary Form and the Anglican Ordinariate.

Cartography: The Cartography orders the spaces of the Estate and the places for Pilgrimage. The Estate, in the spirit of Plato’s “ideal city,” is ordered as an “ideal estate.” The Pilgrimage, with a special fondness for Europe, is ordered in the Christian tradition with certain naturally enriching innovations.

Curriculum: The Curriculum orders the soul by ordaining truth to tutor the intellect, goodness to discipline the will, and beauty to inspire the imagination. The Curriculum is comprised of four schools or Scholae: the Academia, the Lyceum, the Athenaeum, and the Symposium. The lessons of these schools are presented according to the days of the Trimester.

7. Horarium: The Horarium presents the daily schedule in seven hours and in the spirit of seven major religious orders. The horarium simplex is as follows:

6:00 a.m.: Matins and Lauds: Matins and Lauds is the Calendary hour, inspiring the Augustinian ideals of truth and charity.

9:00 a.m.: Terce: Terce is the Scholae hour, epitomizing the Dominican charism of preaching truth.

12:00 p.m.: Sext: Sext is the Angelus hour, emulating in its recitation of Mary’s Annunciation, Fiat, and Incarnation, the Carmelitian way of perfection.

3:00 p.m.: None: None is the Estate hour, ordering, in the Benedictine ethic, the labor of the home. In the horarium simplex, this labor is the Boethian harmonizing of man in God, in creation, in himself, and in his preternatural work: music.

6:00 p.m.: Vespers: Vespers is the Dinner hour, evoking by its bounty the Franciscan wonder in creation.

9:00 p.m.: Compline: Compline is the Family Prayer hour, incorporating elements of the Ignatian examen.

12:00 a.m.: Vigil: Vigil is the contemplative hour, allowing the solitude of silence, an essentially Carthusian communion with God.


The Scholae Horarium is as follows:


The Pilgrimage Horarium is as follows:


The Saturday Horarium is as follows:


The Sunday Horarium is as follows: