Table of Contents

  1. First Reading (Matins)
  2. Second Reading (Matins, cont.)
  3. Third reading (Daybreak: Lavabo and Second Morning Offices)
  4. Reading Four (Prime)
  5. Reading Five (Prime and the Chapter Room)
  6. Reading Six (Discipline in the Chapter Room)
  7. Reading Seven (From the Chapter Room to the Cloister, and Terce)
  8. Reading Eight (Terce and Preparation for Mass)
  9. Reading Nine (Mass)
  10. Reading Ten (Mass, cont.)
  11. Reading Eleven (Sext, Refectory)
  12. Reading Twelve (Refectory)
  13. Reading 13a (Refectory-Dormitory)
  14. Reading 14a (None)
  15. Reading 15 (Vespers, Processions)
  16. Reading 16 (Collation and Compline)
  17. Reading 17 (Dormitory)
  18. Reading 18: On Making Rounds
  19. Reading 19: On the Abbot
  20. Reading 20a: On the Prior
  21. Reading 21a: On the Sub-prior
  22. Reading 22a: On the Steward (Provost)
  23. Reading 23a: On the Vestarer
  24. Reading 24: On the Infirmarer
  25. Reading 25: On the Hospitaller
  26. Reading 26: On the Kitchener (and food)
  27. Reading 27: On the Cantor
  28. Reading 28: On the Cellarer
  29. Reading 29: On the Refectorer
  30. Reading 30: On the Almoner
  31. Reading 31: On the Sacristan
  32. Reading 32: On the Grainarer (Granary Keeper)
  33. Reading 33: On the Census-Taker (Argentarius)
  34. On the Procurators
  35. Reading 34: On how it is necessary to be present at the canonical hours
  36. Reading 35: Concerning the Weekly Priest (Hebdomadarius)
  37. Reading 36: On Maundy (Mandatum)
  38. Reading 37: On Welcoming Novices and Making Profession
  39. Reading 38: On the tonsure
  40. Reading 39: On the Porter
  41. Reading 40: On the Pittancer
  42. Reading 41: On Bloodlettings
  43. Reading 42 and last things (Restrictions on the Conversi)
  44. On Permission to Go Outside and Other Things
  45. Reading 43: On Places of Silence and Benediction
  46. Article 3: No Eating in the Dormitory Room
  47. Article 4: Which Women May Permissibly Enter the Cloister
  48. Article 4 (bis): No Lying Down or Eating Outside our Houses
  49. Article 5: Permission for Talking with an Outsider and for Going out of the Choir
  50. Article 6: All Shall Read at the Table
  51. Article 7: The Seal of the Chapter
  52. Article 8: "Not Mine, but Ours"
  53. Lectio 44: On those who are living in dependent parishes
  54. Article 2: Priors and their Socii (associates) in dependant parishes
  55. Article 3: On recalling those who are living in dependant parishes
  56. Article 4: On Prohibited Games
  57. Article 5: That Books for our use should be in dependent parishes
  58. Customary oath on receiving an abbot

Glossary / Notes

Reading 17 (dormitory)

Moreover, it should be known that no one can be exempt from sleeping in the dormitory, except for a person whom either a great weakness or old age does not allow to ascend the stairs, or who, hindered by physical illness, is not able to rise up from the bed. The abbot also, if only he is well, even if he is worn out by a journey or the letting of blood, shall not be kept back from being compelled to sleep in the dormitory with the brothers.

They shall rest on top of the mattresses in accordance with the first instruction; they can have pillows, without silk and not in different colors, but shining of course only in white, and not stitched together by means of a tie; and similarly [i.e. without silk and not in different colors, but only white] they can have linen sheets; and they shall lay down in shirts and underclothes. They can put their stockings away during the night on account of the inconvenience of worms, yet nevertheless they should never go in or come down from the dormitory without them. A brother rising from bed shall not get up negligently, but neatly extend the blanket on top. A brother who wants to have a bed in the dormitory for his own needs or who wants to change his bed shall not do it freely, but shall accept whichever bed the prior of the ordo commands, and no one shall remove anything from an empty bed without permission.

Lectio 17.

Sciendum est autem quod nullus a recubatione dormitorii potest immunis existere, nisi quem aut nimia debilitas aut senectus non sinat per gradus ascendere, aut ab infirmitate corporis praepeditus a lecto non possit surgere. Abbas etiam si tantum sanus sit, licet itinere grauatus, uel etiam pro sanguinis minutione, non detinetur quin cum fratribus suis in dormitorio dormire cogatur.

Super plumas secundum primam traditionem requiescant ; auriculares sine serico non diuersis coloribus, sed uno tantummodo scilicet albo fulgentes, sine laqueatura consutos habere possunt, et pannos lineos similiter et in camisiis et femoralibus iaceant. Caligas in nocte propter uermium importunitatem detrahere possunt, sine quibus tamen nunquam incedere nec a dormitorio debent descendere. Frater surgens de lecto non negligenter illum dimittat, sed coopertorium desuper competenter extendat. Frater qui in dormitorio lectum ad usum suum uult habere uel mutare non pro uoluntate sua, sed quem iusserit prior ordinis accipiat, nec aliquis de lecto uacuo aliquid sine licentia remoueat.

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