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Monastery Vocabulary

Answer these questions relating to monasteries.
These hints concern monasteries in the Western Christian tradition.
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Member of a religious order who has taken vows and might live in a monastery
Monk
A female version of this, also known as a religious sister
Nun
Sleeping and residential quarters for most residents
Dormitory
Covered walk or open arcade that forms a courtyard inside it
Cloister
Communal dining room
Refectory
Room for bathing
Balneary
Area for the housing and care of the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as travelers and pilgrims
Hospice
A brother member of a mendicant order such as the Franciscans or Dominicans
Friar
Style of monasticism in which one lives as a hermit
Eremetic
Style of monasticism which emphasizes communal living
Cenobitic
Canonical hour taking place around 2 A.M, also known as the vigil
Matins
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Canonical hour taking place around sunset, also known as Evening Prayer
Vesper
Room or building with a communal fireplace, also known as a warming room
Calefactory
Community of monks or nuns overseen by an abbot or abbess
Abbey
Monk tasked to oversee the preparation of food
Kitchener
Monk entrusted with the general provisioning of a community
Cellerer
Area in which books and documents are copied and produced
Scriptorium
A document produced by hand which features decorations such as initials and illustrations
Illustrated manuscript
Monk who reads lessons during a church service
Lector
Monk who leads the choir
Cantor
Chapel in a monastery; the designated praying area
Oratory
Room in which monks meet to discuss business
Chapter house
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