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 30: On the Almoner

The abbot shall instate for an almoner for collecting alms a pious and gentle person, so that he knows how to be compassionate to the destitute through his piety, and through his gentleness to be able to tolerate the imposition of the needy with a calm spirit. To his office pertains the taking up of a tenth of the bread from the oven, he himself shall have the leftovers of the refectory, of the infirmary, of the guesthouse, and of the entire domicile; he shall wholly receive the annual and anniversary (donations), and the maundies from the cellarer as well as from the kitchener. If the canons of this church, of whatever rank they might be, depart within the year (of their arrival in the cloister), namely before Profession, he (the almoner) shall take their entire prebend (alloted portion) for thirty days and not more. They shall have anniversaries, but no annuals. If they have lived for a year or more, they shall wholly have annuals and anniversaries. Regardless of when the conversi depart, the almoner shall collect up their prebend in its entirety, for thirty days, and not more. They shall not have anniversaries.

A person who is a canon or a conversus ad succurendum (i.e. who entered right before dying), shall have none of these.

The almoner shall have ready vessels suitable for the collection of food according to the variety of the courses, so that the leftovers from different kinds do not get mixed. He shall have his own salvers, cups and tablecloths, so that he can properly serve food to any pauper of a decent character.

In distributing alms, the almoner must use much discretion: he shall reserve the choice parts for those of poorer health. If there are some people who are embarrassed by consorting with the rest, he shall have this sort of people sit apart, so that they may take in a more discrete manner what is to be given to them. He shall often make rounds of the tables in the domicile, so that the alms do not perish. For performing the Maundy he shall timely provide hot and cold water and clean vessels for mixing them, also towels, and aprons. On Maundy Thursday, he shall select paupers and among them he shall provide thirteen of extreme poverty for the abbot, and what is expended on them he shall receive from the cellarer. Regarding the sick people, who receive alms from him, let him know what is needed to whom and when to visit them with permission granted. He shall receive money from the steward for the purchase of the above (i.e. whatever is needed for the sick), unless he has some income with which to do this.

DE ELEMOSINARIO : lectio 30.

Elemosinarium constituat abbas ad elemosinam faciendam pium et mansuetum, ut compati sciat indigentibus per pietatem, et per mansuetudinem possit importunitatem petentium tranquillo animo tollerare. Ad eius officium pertinet in furno decimum panem percipere, reliquias refectorii, infirmariae, hospitum et totius domus ipse habeat, annualia, anniuersaria, mandatum tam a cellario quam a coquinario integre recipiat. Canonici huius ecclesiae cuiuscunque ordinis fuerint, si infra annum decesserint, scilicet ante professionem, elemosinarius prebendas eorum integras per triginta dies percipit et non amplius. Habent anniuersaria, sed non annualia. Si per annum uel amplius uixerint, annualia et anniuersaria integre habent.

Conuersi quandocunque decesserint, per triginta dies elemosinarius prebendas eorum integre percipit et non amplius. Non anniuersaria habent.

Ille qui est canonicus uel conuersus ad succurrendum, nihil de his habet. Vasa idonea ad recipienda cibaria diuersa secundum diuersitatem ferculorum habeat praeparata, ut reliquiae diuersorum generum non permisceantur. Scutellas proprias et cyphos et mensalia habeat, ut alicui pauperi honestae personae possit competenter cibaria ministrare.

In elemosina distribuenda magna discretione utatur elemosinarius, infirmioribus delicatiora reseruet. Si aliqui sint qui ex consortio aliorum erubescant, tales seorsum sedere faciat, ut secretius quod eis impartiendum est, sumant. Mensas per domum ne elemosina pereat, saepe circumeat. Ad mandatum faciendum aquam calidam et frigidam et ad temperandam uasa munda, manutergia et praecinctoria tempestiue prouideat. In Coena Domini pauperes eligat in quibus tredecim magis indigentes abbati prouideat et de cellario quod illis erogabitur, accipiat. Infirmos suos qui ab eo elemosinam accipiunt, ut sciat quod cuique opus sit quandoque uisitet accepta licentia. Denarios pro praedictis emendis a praeposito recipiat, nisi aliquos habuerit redditus, unde hoc perficiat.


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