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 Four (Prime)

If it is a day of two meals, the signal for the singing of Prime shall be struck earlier, if however it is a day of fast - later, but it must be regulated in such a way that those who celebrate Mass would be able to attend Prime with their attendants, if they had started celebrating before that hour. And in order for it not to be a burden to anybody, they shall celebrate promptly as to be able to be present at the beginning of the hour. When the reminder for Prime has been struck, the junior brothers and whoever of the rest wants to, can go in the dormitory to change clothes and shoes and relieve the necessities of the body, and returning they shall go into the choir, so they can attend the beginning of Prime.

The officers shall finish their tasks in their workplaces and shall arrive at the beginning of the hour, if they are able [to do so] appropriately. Prime, however, shall be struck until all brothers, both officers and the rest, can congregate, and the weekly priest shall wait so that all might be able to attend. And after the Lord's Prayer is said and the prior has struck the stall, the weekly priest shall begin Prime. At Quicunque vult(The Athanasian Creed) all should stand. At Beati immaculatithe priest of the morning may prepare himself for the singing of the Mass, when the Subvenite is not said. If the Subvenite is sung, let him go at the defecit or the legem pone, if he so wishes. In that mass, the deacon, dressed with a clean surplice ought to minister in his order unless the celebration is for the deceased. Likewise the sub-deacon ought to check the things that must be prepared.

When he must say the Converte nos, the priest, dressed in the sacred vestments, shall go into the choir and in the presence of everyone shall say the Confiteo (Apostles' Creed), sung at Prime and Compline unless the abbot is present, beginning deeply and with devotion in this way: Confitemini Domino. And after the Confiteor has been said, he shall ascend the steps of the sanctuary. After this, when they (the priest and his attendants) come before the relics and when they cross before the body of the Lord, [they shall bow] humbly but when they come to the altar, they shall perform the ante et retro salutation. If however seven psalms (the Penitential Psalms) or commendatiohave followed Prime, then the prior of the assembly shall say the Confiteor [Apostles' Creed]. Thus mass is to be sung. When it is finished, the weekly priest shall begin the Prime of the blessed Mary. The morning priest shall return to take off his vestments in the same way he came.

Lectio quarta.

Si dies duplicis refectionis fuerit, ad primam cantandam citius, si uero ieiunabilis tardius pulsetur signum, ita tamen temperandum est, ut illi qui celebrant, cum suis adiutoribus ad primam possint interesse, si ante illam horam coeperint celebrare. Et ideo ne alicui molestum uideatur, tam mature celebrent quod initio horae interesse ualeant. Pulsata primae admonitione, iuniores fratres et alii qui uoluerint, ad mutanda uestimenta et calciamenta et necessitates corporis explendas, in dormitorium possunt ire, et redeuntes in chorum ueniant, ut ad initium primae possint interesse.

Officiales per officinas suas opera sua impleant et ad initium horae ueniant, si commode potuerint. Prima uero tandiu pulsetur quousque fratres omnes, tam officiales quam alii, possint congregari, et hebdomadarius tantum expectet, quod omnes possint interesse. Et dicta dominica oratione, stallo pulsato a priore, hebdomadarius primam incipiat. Ad Quicunque uult omnes debent stare. Ad Beati immaculati sacerdos matutinalis ad missam cantandam potest se praeparare, quando non dicitur Subuenite. Quando Subuenite cantatur, eat ad defecit uel legem pono, si uoluerit. In illa missa diaconus, indutus supellicio mundo, nisi celebretur pro defunctis, in ordine suo debet ministrare. Similiter subdiaconus quae praeparandae sunt, debet prouidere.

Quando debet dici Conuerte nos, sacerdos, indutus sacris uestibus, in chorum ueniat et coram omnibus Confiteor dicat, nisi praesens abbas fuerit, sic incipiens humiliter et deuote : Confitemini Domino et cetera. Et dicto Confiteor, gradus sanctuarii ascendat. Postea, cum uenerint ante reliquias et cum transierint ante corpus Domini humiliter ; cum autem uenerint ad altare, ante et retro se inclinent. Si autem subsecuti fuerint septem psalmi primam uel commendatio, tunc prior conuentus Confiteor dicat. Sic missa cantetur. Qua finita, hebdomadarius incipiat primam de beata Maria. Sacerdos matutinalis eodem modo quo uenit, redit se exuere.

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