Penitential Practices

"By reason of their religious consecration and the apostolic vocation of the Order, the nuns are urged more than the rest of the faithful to deny themselves, take up their cross, and bear the death of Jesus in body and soul, that they may merit the glory of the resurrection for themselves and for others."

                                                         From the Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers

       Dominican Nuns

                                           at the Heart of the Order of Preachers  

Some specific penitential practices include the use of  narrow wooden planks for beds, hard wooden stools in the refectory, perpetual abstinence from meat (with the exception of poultry at two meals a week), and nocturnal vigils before the  Blessed Sacrament.