STRICTLY REGULATED: MEALTIMES
The Cistercian order followed the rules put forth by St. Benedict, which clearly stipulated mealtimes. In the busy summer months, there were two meals per day, one at midday and one in the evening. Exceptions included Wednesdays and Fridays, traditional fasting days, on which only one meal was eaten. In the winter there was also only one meal. During Lent, the monks only ate one evening meal. This evening meal was always scheduled at a time of day that would not require the tables to be lit by lamplight.