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 28: On the Cellarer

The abbot shall instate a cellarer who is to oversee the bread and wine . He shall provide vessels for receiving wine , and have them cleaned at a specific time and place. From the grainarer, he shall receive grain for eating, as much as is needed, under a strict count, and he shall have it kept for the mill. Whatever is needed for the oven, he shall provide. He shall wholly yield a tenth part of the bread to the Almoner, as well as the annual and anniversary (donations) and the maundies, both in bread and in wine , and whatever (else) he is obliged to give. He shall supervise the refectory, and shall have it cleaned often. He shall put out white tablecloths on each Friday and during the fasts that comes after the meat days. Before the community arrives, he shall serve clean, pure and healthy bread and wine , if it is possible, in a clean cup under certain measure for each and every person, as it should be done. He shall put out two towels next to the lavabo each week.

Whatever the cellarer has in his keeping, he shall diligently give to the infirmarer for the sick. He shall perform his weekly service. From the Nativity of blessed Mary up to the Feast of All Saints, he shall not perform it. He shall collect vinagia (dues from the wine production?) and the tenth of the wine keeping written account. When questions arise from this matter, he shall refer them to the steward. From the steward he shall seek the money for the expenses of his office. Whatever the refectorer asks from him for the community, he shall faithfully administer. He ought to give bread and wine to the hospitaller, the grainarers and the prebendaries. Without the permission of the person highest in the order or the steward, he should not send bread and wine outside the cloister too often or in too great a quantity, unless he sees it as being useful and honorable.

DE CELLARIO : lectio 28.

Cellarium constituat abbas qui panem et uinum custodiat. Vasa ad recipiendum uinum prouideat, et loco et tempore mundari faciat. A granatario bladum, quantum necesse est, ad comedendum sub certa computatione recipiat, et ad molendinum custodiri faciat. Quicquid ad furnum necesse est, prouideat. Elemosinae decimam panis et annualia et anniuersaria et mandata, tam in pane quam in uino, et quaecumque debuerit, integre reddat ; refectorium habeat in sua custodia et illud saepe mundari faciat. Mappas albas quaelibet sexta feria, et in ieiuniis quae post dies carnium adueniunt, apponat. Antequam conuentus ueniat, panem et uinum mundum et purum et sanum, si adsit facultas in uasae mundo sub certa mensura pro unoquoque ministret, sicut fieri solet. Duo manutergia iuxta lauatorium singulis septimanis administret.

Quaecunque habet cellarius in sua custodia, infirmario pro infirmis diligenter administret. Septimanam suam faciat. A Natiuitate beatae Mariae usque ad festum Omnium Sanctorum illam non faciat. Vinagia et uini decimas sub scripto colligat. Siquid inde quaestionis emerserit, ad praepositum referat. A praeposito nummos pro expensis officii sui requirat. Quaecumque refectorarius ab ipso pro conuentu requisierit, ipse diligenter administret. Ipse debet hospitalario et grangiis et praebendariis et panem et uinum ministrare. Absque licentia illius qui praeest ordini uel praepositi, panem et uinum non debet mittere extra portam nimis saepe uel nimia quantitate, nisi uiderit expedire pro utilitate et honestate.

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