Reading Five (Prime and the chapter room)
During the time the Prime of the blessed Mary is sung, the chapter shall be struck. Then all canons who are inside the door (i.e. inside the space separating the cloisterd area from the outside world), shall come without delay into the chapter, unless they had stayed behind with special permission and a specified reason. When Prime is finished, the convent, saying Ad te levavi etc., proceeds to the chapter room in order, as it is has been said many times and as it should always be done whenever they go and return (from somewhere). There the reading is done; the moon and the calendar and the feasts shall be announced. If a feast of nine lessons is announced, the convent ought to kiss the upper seats while kneeling; if however it is a solemn feast the assembly ought to prostrate to their feet and kiss the lower seats. Then the tabula should be read and the anniversaries, which should be read twice a week, shall be announced. After this the prior of the order shall absolve them and the same shall give the benediction and the cantor shall regulate the service for the entire day till the chapter of the next day. The prior shall also announce the offenses, if any has to be be made public, and the brothers who recall to mind that they have committed offenses, shall voluntarily present themselves and be absolved. And afterwards one person shall proclaim another humbly and benignly and shall announce his offense to the prior. But he, who has been called, shall rise from his seat and, going to the middle of the chapter, shall prostrate himself in front of the seat of the abbot. Then, rising up, if he has done that which has been said about him, he shall declare why he had done it, and shall humbly be prepared to amend his fault. If however he has not done what has been said, he shall humbly excuse himself, as a matter of fact, for daily offenses. If he is called out for a crime and he himself denies it, but can be proven guilty by witnesses, he shall receive heavier punishment. If however he cannot be proven guilty and having sworn by virtue of obedience he persists in denying, he shall be believed.