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 34: On how it is necessary to be present at the canonical hours

All the clerical brothers alike ought to be present in the choir at the canonical hours, except for those who have undergone bloodletting or who are not able to come to the church because of some infirmity. All others who are assigned to [certain] duties come to hours just as the rest, if they can [do this] appropriately. During the winter, the almoner, the cellarer, the refectorer, the lector of the table and the kitchener may stay behind from None or from Compline, if these are sung while they are dining. If, because of some pressing business, one needs to be away from the canonical hours more often [than once] and therefore it is troublesome to ask for permission that many times, he ought to indicate this to the abbot in private beforehand. And then the abbot, if he decides so, can excuse that person from those hours in chapter, and when excusing him, he ought to specify the hours by name. At the end of the canonical hour those who are assigned to certain duties may depart to their offices. All must perform their weekly service at Mass, except the steward and the abbot who are not required to perform any weekly office. The brothers must not go outside the gate without permission, in the summer after the convent's dinner, and in winter after Vespers, unless for a compelling and inescapable reason. The rest of the time the steward and the kitchener may go out on account of their business.


Regularibus horis omnes pariter fratres clerici in choro interesse debent, exceptis illis qui uel minuti sunt, uel propter aliquam infirmitatem ad ecclesiam uenire non possunt. Ceteri omnes qui officiis deputati sunt, sicut alii ueniunt ad horas, si commode possunt. Elemosinarius et cellarius, et refectorarius, et lector mensae et coquinarius ab hora nona uel a completorio in hyeme possunt remanere, si cantatur dum comedunt. Si propter aliquam necessariam occupationem aliquis regularibus horis frequentius abesse necesse habuerit, atque ideo totiens molestum sit licentiam quaerere, hoc abbati secreto prius debet indicare. Et tunc abbas, si ei uisum fuerit, ab eisdem horis in capitulo potest ipsum absoluere, et a quibus, cum absoluat, nominatim debet determinare. Hii qui officiis deputati sunt, finita regulari hora, ad officia sua exire possunt. Omnes septimanas ad missam facere debent, excepto praeposito et abbate, qui nullam septimanam facere tenentur. Extra portam non debent exire in aestate post coenam conuentus, et in hyeme post uesperas sine licentia nisi causa cogente ineuitabili. In alio tempore praepositus et coquinarius pro negotiis suis possunt exire.


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