Reading 14a (None)
When the hour of None has arrived, the sacristan shall strike the admonition. Upon hearing it the brothers shall rise from their beds and relieve the necessities of the body, and all shall stand in front of the steps of the dormitory, and await the others. When the second signal has been heard, the prior striking the bell once, they shall proceed, as it has been said elsewhere, in an orderly manner to the church, and after the Lord's Prayer has been finished, and the prior has struck the stall, the priest shall begin the hour. When the hour has been finished, immediately they ought to sing the Vespers of the dead if it is the time, in which there should be a service for the dead ; these things done, they shall go to the cloister at once, and the prior shall say Benedicite . Then the junior brothers shall take books, as it has been said, and they shall go into the chapter-room; the rest shall sit in the cloister and shall arrange themselves, as it has been stated above. If any of them on account of some sickness or necessity or for the reason of comfort must go out to the gate of the cloister, or outside the gate during the hour of speaking, or at another hour, they should do this after obtaining permission beforehand.
Whoever has gone with permission outside the cloister before the regular hour, as soon as the hour is struck, he shall come at the hour, unless he has special permission for that hour. And it must be noted that each hour is to be struck as long as it is needed for the brothers to come back comfortably from their workplaces and necessities, and he who begins the hour, should wait long enough. Only in the hour of speaking, those who are compelled by necessity to take a break, the priests, and not the young brothers, can go to the garden without permission, but in order that the cloister does not remain empty for a long time, they should not delay there too much. If two or three persons want to speak together, the conversation is to be in such a place where the brothers can see them.
In this hour, they ought to listen to the readings and the responses, and the sick can be visited without permission, but they should not enter other rooms without permission, with the exception of the old men for whom on account of their old age and infirmity there can be a (special) dispensation. Then they can also make use of the beds and never in the hour of silence; which they customarily do only on Saturday, if they wish so, and on other days, this is permitted for the old, weak and sick. Those who make use of the beds should not undress in a disgraceful manner, but shall only take off their hoods.