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Lesser Silence (Little or Simple Silence) 

In monastic and religious communities, the silence that should be kept in working hours. Local regulations may tie it to specific times and places. It is generally less absolute than the Great Silence of evening and night hours. It is most complete among Trappists (Reformed Cistercians), who traditionally use sign language to communicate noiselessly. Its purpose is to help brothers or sisters keep internal peace while performing their daily tasks. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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