3:00 a.m. His day began. He liked to spend several hours in prayer and meditation before Mass.
He would not celebrate Mass prior to 5:00 a.m.
Celebration of Mass – could last up to 2 hours
Padre Pio would bless, meet, and talk to people in the sacristy while vesting
After Mass and removing his vestments, Padre Pio would proceed to the choir on the balcony above the small church and make prayers of thanksgiving.
Padre Pio Hearing ConfessionThen he heard confessions. – all morning (would take a morning break) and several hours in the afternoon
12:00 Noon – would have lunch in the friary refectory
After lunch would go into the garden for 30 minutes of recreation
Would then take a short siesta
Pray a rosary
Early afternoon joined the community for afternoon Office
Would have private prayer time in the choir, sometimes for 2 hours
Would then work on correspondence
Mid Afternoon – resumed hearing confessions
4:30 p.m. Vespers and Benediction
Go into the garden for ten or fifteen minutes
At supper would join his community for juice and a cracker (By 1950, he was eating only an ounce of food a day.)
At sundown he would bless the people underneath the window of the choir
In the evening he would confer with other priests, deliver a lecture in town, or work on more correspondence
Late in the evening Padre Pio joined the community in Compline, the Night Office
The rest of the community would go to sleep, Padre Pio would study Scripture and pray
Nightly he would visit Padre Agostino’s room and get his blessing
Go to his room and read the Bible until 12:45 a.m., until it was time for Matins.
Then he would join 20 friars in the choir
At 1:30 a.m. would lay down