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 29: On the Refectorer

The abbot shall establish a refectorer who is to serve under the cellarer and the convent. He shall provide water for the lavabo, and he shall clean it and the small vessels as often as it is necessary. He must also have a cupboard for the items of the refectory, where he may store vessels, cups and spoons, so that from there he can supply the refectory with whatever needs to be furnished. He shall place salt on the tables in as many places as is necessary. At the beginning of lunch or dinner, he must ensure that all the vessels that are placed before the brothers are clean. No one may take the goblets or cups or spoons or other vessels from the refectory without his permission. He must also provide the candelabra , which in wintertime are put before the brothers in the refectory late in the day, and these are to be placed in such a manner that each serves three people at the least. If any of the food or anything else falls on the tablecloth so that it is stained, he shall have it washed. And after the brothers have ascended for dining, the refectorer, standing on the inside of the [serving] window (passe-plat), shall accept from the kitchener the things to be served to the brothers, and shall carry them away with an assistant if necessary.

The refectorer must know, in the same way as the kitchener, to whom it is necessary to give something special, so that he knows what should be given out to whom in accordance with the rule of the blessed Augustine. He must circulate among the diners and look out to see whether anybody needs anything, so that he might supply it. No one shall go to the [serving] window except him or those who are serving assistants. Wherever he may be in the refectory, he must frequently turn towards whoever is in charge of the convent, so that if he indicates that anything must done, he can be ready at hand. And he must ensure that the bread that is brought to the brothers ought to be clean, i.e. neither burned nor with anything which is to be cleaned or removed. He shall receive from the almoner baskets and brushes for collecting the leftovers. If it is necessary, the last of the youngest brothers, at a signal getting up on each side, shall collect the leftovers in the refectory. He shall provide fresh water for the brothers at lunch and dinner. It should nevertheless be known that, neither in the buying nor in preparing the refectory vessels, or the eating utensils in any other place belong to him, but let him ask the cellarer for what is needed, and the cellarer, [ask] the steward.

DE REFECTORARIO : lectio 29.

Refectorarium constituat abbas qui subseruiat celario et conuentui. Ipse aquam ad lauatorium prouideat, et ipsum et uasculos, quotiens opus est, mundet. Debet autem refectorarius receptaculum habere proprium, ubi reponat uasa et cyphos et coclearia, ut exinde in refectorio quicquid tribuendum fuerit, subministret. Sal in pluribus locis, prout necesse fuerit, super mensas ponat. In initio prandii uel coenae prouidere debet, ut omnia uasa quae fratribus apponuntur, munda sint. Iustas et cyphos et coclearia et cetera uasa refectorii nemo afferat nisi eius licentia. Candelabra etiam prouidere debet quae in hyemali tempore in refectorio fratribus sero apponuntur, et tali ordine disponenda sunt, ut tribus ad minus unum luminare seruiat. Si aliquid de cibariis uel quicquid aliud super mensalia ceciderit, unde maculentur ablui faciat. Postquam autem fratres ad reficiendum ascenderint, tunc refectorarius, intrinsecus ad fenestram stans, ea quae ministranda sunt, fratribus a coquinario accipiat, et cum adiutorio, si necesse fuerit, deferat.

Oportet refectorarium sicut coquinarium nosse quibus aliqua specialiter impendere necesse fuerit, ut sciat secundum beati Augustini regulam quid cuique tribui oporteat. Inter comedentes circuire debet et prospicere si cui aliquid deesse uiderit quod suppleat. Ad fenestram nemo accedere debet, nisi ipse uel siqui sunt adiutores seruientes. Vbicunque fuerit in refectorio, saepius ad eum qui conuentum tenet, respicere debet, ut siquid faciendum innuat, praesto esse possit. Et panis qui apponitur fratribus, mundus, id est neque adustus nec aliquid quippiam quod tergendum uel abstrahendum sit, habens, debet prouidere. Sportulas et scopas ad colligendas reliquias ab elemosinario ipse recipiat. Fratres ultimi de iunioribus, signo dato, hinc inde surgentes, reliquias colligant in refectorio, si necesse est. Aquam recentem in prandio et in coena pro fratribus prouideat. Sciendum tamen est quod nec in emendis aut parandis uasis refectorii, nec in alio quolibet loco supellectilis cura ad eum pertinet, sed quod necesse fuerit a cellario petat, cellarius autem a praeposito.

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