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 15 (Vespers, Processions)

When the hour of Vespers has arrived, the sacristan shall strike the admonition. When it has been struck, the junior brothers who want to, after replacing their books, shall go to the dormitory to relieve the necessities of the body. They should always do this before the hour so that they are not compelled to leave on account of that necessity; nevertheless, those who because of it (that necessity) have gone out, shall return quickly. And they shall see in advance, that they are always present in the processions of the convent, whether going in the refectory, or in the dormitory, or to whichever place they must go. No one shall appear to or meet the convent either going (somewhere) or returning, and if by chance someone has been busy, he shall enter the procession according to his ordo, and after the procession is finished, he may go if it is necessary.

If the vigils for the dead have to be said on the same day, they shall say them slowly. If however they are not to be said, after the Lord's Prayer has been said and the prior has struck the stall, the priest shall begin the vespers of the blessed Mary. When these are finished, and the ringing of the bells is quiet, with the candlesand lamps lit, if they have to be lit, and the Lord's Prayer said, they shall begin the other vespers, which as well as all canonical hours, as it has been said for the Matins, must be sung slowly and with a raised voice. With these things done, the brothers shall wait for the dinner hour in silence, but before that those who want shall relieve the necessities of the body, and just as it is said about lunch, they shall go to the lavabo, and shall dine in the refectory. And afterwards, going to the church they shall give thanks by singing Miserere , after which they shall go into the cloister to sit in silence and shall have their books. Then, as it was said for lunch, the servers, gathering at once, shall dine.

Lectio 15a.

Cum autem uenerit hora uesperarum, sacrista ammonitionem pulset. Qua pulsata, iuniores fratres qui uoluerint, repositis libris, eant in dormitorium necessitates corporis explere. Quod semper ante horam debent facere, ne ab illa causa necessitatis cogantur exire ; qui tamen ab ea, cum exiuerint, cito redeant. Et hoc prouideant, ut in processionibus conuentus semper sint, siue eundo in refectorium, uel in dormitorium, uel quocunque sit eundum. Nullus appareat, uel obuiet conuentui eunti, uel redeunti, et si forte aliquis praeoccupatus fuerit, conuentum intret secundum ordinem suum, et finita processione, si necessitas fuerit, eat.

Vigilias mortuorum, si eadem die debent dici, tractim dicant. Si autem non dicantur, dicta dominica oratione, stallo pulsato a priore, sacerdos de beata Maria uesperas incipiat. Quibus finitis, et classico sedato, cereis et lampadibus accensis, si accendi debent, dicta oratione dominica, iterum alias uesperas incipiant, quae sicut dictum est de matutinis, tractim et excelsis uocibus, et omnes horae canonicae debent cantari. Quibus finitis, fratres in silentio horam coenae expectent, prius tamen si uoluerint, necessitates corporis expleant, et sicut dictum est de prandio, ad lauatorium eant, et in refectorio coenent, et post in ecclesiam euntes, cantando Miserere, gratias reddant ; post quas in claustro eant sedere in silentio et libros habeant. Tunc statim seruitores congregati, sicut dictum est in prandio, coenent.


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