Monastery Vocabulary

Answer these questions relating to monasteries.
These hints concern monasteries in the Western Christian tradition.
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Last updated: May 8, 2021
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Member of a religious order who has taken vows and might live in a monastery.
Monk
A female version of the above, also known as a religious sister
Nun
Sleeping and residential quarters for most residents
Dormitory
Covered walk or open arcade that encompasses a courtyard
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
Cellarer
Area in which books and documents are copied and produced
Scriptorium
A document produced by hand which features decorations such as initials and illustrations
Illuminated 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
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Level 60
May 4, 2021
Good quiz. Cellarer is misspelled and you should accept simply “manuscript.”
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Level 75
May 4, 2021
Or at least "illuminated manuscript", which is the far more common term.
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Level 62
May 4, 2021
Seconding this, was very surprised to see "illuminated manuscript" not accepted.
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Level 53
May 8, 2021
Thanks for the comments everyone. Fixed "cellarer" and "illuminated manuscript". Also decided to add "frater" as a type-in for the dining room hint.
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Level 62
May 4, 2021
Could you also accept or ask "ascetic" for the austere, Hermit lifestyle one?
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Level 77
Jul 31, 2021
Very interesting quiz, I've learned a few new words!
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Level 53
Aug 1, 2021
Thank you, some of the more difficult hints only have 1% of quiz takers answering them correctly, so I've definitely learned more about the "sweet spot" for a challenging quiz.