Reading 16 (Collation and Compline)
In days of fasting, however, immediately after Vespers the brothers shall come in the cloister for the reading and they shall await the Collation . Nevertheless, let the sacristan take care that [in the period] from Easter to the Veneration of the Holy Cross he strikes the Vespers in so timely a way, that the convent and the servers, who ought to come to the Collation , are able to eat before the hour of the Collation . If it is within the time from the feast of Saint Remi to the Septuagesimam, the brothers of the convent, who want to, shall come into the dormitory, the sacristan having lighted the torch beforehand, and the brothers, who want to, may then relieve the necessities of the body. When they have relieved these [necessities], in order and without spending a lot of time in delay, they shall go into the chapter and await the hour of the Collation humbly and devotedly and by applying themselves to holy meditations or silent prayers.
When the Collation has been struck at the sign of the prior, all the brothers ought to be present, just as in the chapter, except those who are sick in the infirmary, or who in the winter eat among the servants; those should to the best of their ability hasten to return to the convent; but in summer time they should also be present. Then after Jube domne has been said, one [of them], after receiving benediction from the prior, ought to do the reading, and the prior putting an end to the reading in accordance with the time and the hour shall bid them say Tu autem . Then rising up they shall go to Compline with the torch lit between them.
When Compline has been sung, as it is said for Matins, they shall silently say the Triple prayer , and when the stall has been struck three times by the prior, at the last beat the juniors coming in front and the rest following behind in order - each brother sprinkled with holy water by the weekly priest of the tabula or by the person, to whom he, being busy has enjoined it, they shall return to the dormitory. There with everyone bowing, the prior of the order shall entrust them to the most exalted guardian, by saying a benediction and by making the sign of the cross with extended hand. The brothers themselves, fortified by the same sign and by prayers, whenever they want, entering singly their own beds shall rest and sleep, and shall be vigilant with their spirit in the Lord. They shall not take off their clothes before they have drawn up the blanket up to their elbows.