Reading 25: On the Hospitaller
The abbot shall appoint as hospitaller one of the brothers, who shall take care of the guests. It is the hospitaller's [duty] to receive guests, so that he knows how they are to be received in acordance with person, place and time. He shall provide his guests with what is fitting at the right time, so that at the hour of the sermon after compline, he may be able to return to his ordo (usual place) whenever he can do this in time. He shall never eat with the guests without permission, nor will anyone who serves the guests under his authority exact any gift from them. And if he (who serves under him) receives anything from the food because of the politeness of the guests, he shall not keep that thing for himself without permission; but that and all leftovers he shall save for the alms fund. If anything is to be given to the community beyond the common food, he shall consult the abbot or the steward, or him who is highest in the order. He himself shall have things for the table, cups, bowls, knives , spoons, table linens and all other things proper to his office. He shall perform all weekly offices, except that he shall not read in the refectory. He shall have all the guests' possessions kept under reliable watch, and he shall have them served without murmuring and in a cheerful manner, and he shall be present in person, if he has seen fit, so that, nevertheless, he may take part in the canonical hours, if he properly can. None of the brothers from the cloister shall approach the guests without permission; no one shall be received as a guest without consulting the hospitaller, unless by a superior. If, however, he (the hospitaller) has doubts about receiving anyone, he shall consult his superior.