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  • adj. Having its own rhythm or style. Used, especially in the Eastern Christian churches, of monks or hermits who live by themselves instead of in a monastery or community.


From idio- + rhythmic, from Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)


  • Unlike Blessed Maria Gabriella dell'Unità who did this without leaving her cloister, Father Lev Gillet did it as an idiorhythmic monk by serving within Orthodoxy without ever leaving the Church of his baptism and priestly ordination.

    Roger of Taize

  • (obshejitel'nyie) or idiorhythmic (neobshejitel'nyie); but these latter are not n favour with the Holy Synod which restores the coenobic rule wherever possible.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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