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monks and nuns provided various social services, such as tending the sick, providing charity for the poor, setting up for schools for children, and lodging travelers

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Monks and nuns are cloistered religious, and, as such, do not normally leave their monastery. The biggest thing that monks and nuns have provided in the way of "social services" would be education, they were really the first public education provided to the laity. They, also, in their Scriptoriums kept literature alive by their saving copies of many works of antiquity which otherwise would have been completely lost to us.


Roman Catholic AnswerMonks and nuns primary occupation is the worship of God through the Mass and the Divine Office. Beyond that, they do whatever sort of work their congregation approves of for them to earn their living. For the most part, monks and nuns are cloistered and do not do social work. Many congregations of monks run schools, Benedictine monks, in particular have been know for their schools for centuries, they also run farms, etc. Nuns, classically have have needlework for churches, made altar breads, etc. You may be thinking of friars and sisters, their primary occupations tend more towards "social work" like running parishes, schools, hospitals, etc.


There are still monasteries full of monks in various places in the world. Also there were Monks in the 15th Century!


You are clearly very confused.Most monks could not "take services"; only priests could take services, hear confessions, conduct weddings, burials and baptisms, perform the last rights and so on. Most monks were not ordained priests and could do none of these things.Some monks in each monastery did become priests, in order to lead the services and hear confessions, but they were generally few in number. They were not intended to provide services for ordinary people - that was the role of the parish priest.



This is just one Abby, an excerpt and the site:= The Monks Day = Morning Main services Mid day first meal Afternoon work Early Evening rest then second meal Evening early to bed Night church services The Abbey was home for about 100 monks who spent their time worshipping God. The first monks came to the Abbey from Clung in France, so the monks were called Cluniacs which had risen from another type of monk, the Benedictine order. Each day they attended eight services in the Abbey ChurchThe Monks day started at 3.00 am when they went to the first of eight services in the Abbey Church. The services could last up to two hours. Although everyone stood all through the services, the monks had misericords which meant they could rest their rear on a small shelf. The site and the rest of the story. * http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/radstock/rht/themes/religion/monksday.html


They provided food and shelter (and often medical services) for travelers, but mainly, the monks who lived in them were the educated class who wrote and copied out books before the printing press was invented, therefore, they were the keepers of knowledge.


The idea of the social pyramid is an explanation of social rank. Basically, the king was at the top, alone. The nobility were below the king. Below the nobility were serfs. Somewhat apart from this were the various religious people, with the Pope at the top, the bishops below, and the priests, monks, and nuns below them. The precise structure varies according to who is describing it.


Priests, Monks, Yogis, Rishis & Maharishis


A monk lived in a monastery. Monks would have learnt skills such as writing and medicine. With these skills they could have provided services like scribes to write charters or religious texts, provide 'medicine' to the wider public, and they also provided some rudimentary poor relief to the desperate. Some monasteries provided homes for lepers (people suffering from leporasy)


Catholic monks, Orthodox monks, and Buddhist monks.


Monks in the Middle Ages often lived in monasteries and renounced all worldly goods. They were known to follow strict routines and attended services several times each day. They wore simple clothing and ate foods prepared by other monks.


Various names were given to the places where monks lived. Among Christian monks, most lived in a monastery or Abbey. They lived together under the supervision of an Abbot. A single monk lived in a hermitage. In the Eastern Orthodox area, a group of monks could live together in a group under a group under the Rule of Anthony. Such a group was called a laura. Female monks lived in a convent.Other religions also had monks.


Christian medieval monks were Roman Catholic, of which the major orders were: The Benedictine Monks The Cistercian Monks The Carthusian Monks The Dominican Monks The Franciscan Monks The Augustine Monks, including the Gilbertines


Levels of a Monk:NoviceRassaphoreStavrophoreGreat SchemaType of Monks:Roman Catholic MonksAnglican MonksLutheran MonksBuddhist monksJain MonksVaishnava monks


Generally speaking monks would pray, chant the canonical hours (Prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, compline, matins, lauds), and they would work. Depending on where the monks were living and what order they belonged to they would have gardens, dairys, or they would teach, or provide medical services.


Monks were primarily involved with copying manuscripts, since printing did not exist in Europe yet. They gave a monopoly to the Church on written matters, as they were essentially the only source of written materials at that time. They also ran schools throughout Europe, basically keeping civilization alive.Nuns provided other services, such as employing wings in their convents as hospitals, inns and bakeries where they themselves acted as nurses, innkeepers and bakers.Monks and nuns looked after the poor and sick and set up schools for children. They gave cheesecake and lodging to travelers, and some monks and nuns became missionaries. Monks and nuns copied Greek and Roman works as a form of labor. Educated monks and nuns also wrote and taught Latin, and educated people.


Monasteries during the Middle Ages (Dark Ages) provided repositories for the documents and artifacts from Roman and Greek civilization, as well as those of a religious nature. Many texts were copied by hand, or preserved as scrolls, or bound into volumes. In feudal times, monks and other orders provided educational services (notably to the children of rulers), and cared for travelers and the sick.


Monks did several jobs. They sometimes acted as doctors for local people and they provided a place to stay overnight for travelers. Many spent their lives copying books or writing religious books since they were one of the few that could read and write. They also took in male children that had been orphaned or abandoned by parents. These children, in turn, would become monks. They conducted religious services.


The Sanga, which is the collection of monks in any given area, lead Dhamma (The teachings of Buddhism) services.


The order of Buddhist monks and nuns was founded by Gautama Buddha during his lifetime over 2500 years ago. The Buddhist monastic lifestyle grew out of the lifestyle of earlier sects of wandering ascetics, some of whom the Buddha had studied under. It was not really isolationist or eremetic: the sangha was dependent on the lay community for basic provisions of food and clothing, and in return sangha members helped guide lay followers on the path of Dharma. Individuals or small groups of monks - a teacher and his students, or several monks who were friends - traveled together, living on the outskirts of local communities and practicing meditation in the forests. Monks and nuns were expected to live with a minimum of possessions, which were to be voluntarily provided by the lay community. Lay followers also provided the daily food that monks required, and provided shelter for monks when they were needed. During the Buddha's time, many retreats and gardens were donated by wealthy citizens for monks and nuns to stay in during the rainy season. Out of this tradition grew two kinds of living arrangements for monastics.


monk is not a he its a or the monks. monks are the praiser of there god or spirit the monks of the Christan live at the cathedral so do Buddha monks! almost all religions have monks. heres an example of monks and every thing..... praiser>monk>priest.


The collective noun for monks is an abomination of monks (from the older 'an abominable sight of monks').


They mostly study and pray. They spend about five hours a day praying and worshiping; this includes getting up at 2:00 and 4:00 in the morning to pray and have church services. They didn't have very much social or leisure time. Basically they gave there lives to God. They weren't allowed to marry and some had a vow of silence.


only if they are templer monks. most monks are peaceful



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