Procedures for Novices and Concluding Material

Lest anyone wander far from the church without a companion

There is another precept pertaining to honesty, that no canon of ours should wander in town or elsewhere away from the church for long without a fellow canon as a companion. This also pertains to priors and to the associated curates living here. And this also is honoured in our rule, where it says that no less than two or three can go out together. From this rule the cook and the overseer of the granaries are excepted. About them it is said that the cook and the overseer of the granaries are excepted, though even these two are exempt only rarely. Nevertheless they should go alone, but others should go with some honest company. They can go out to do that business which was assigned to them.

To this precept is subjoined another on honesty, where it is said that nobody is to be given permission to go out to town before the congregation convenes or after the canon should have ascended to the dormitory. And thus it is done in the south. The reason for it is honesty, because when the religious walk in the town either in the morning or in the evening, and are seen in the morning or the evening by the lay, scandal is generated. Still, points of necessity are excempt from this rule because some priors, curates, or officials of this church have to go outside the church and even further to go back home; and if a meeting should have arisen their daily habit would be broken. In the same manner it is meant for those who wander into the town, coming back shortly and doing unnecessary business — yet it is writted that permission should be given to nobody, from which one can extrapolate that nobody should go out without permission into the town or elsewhere, if this appears to the superiors to be in conflict with the laws. Nor should should anyone eat outside the refectory or lie down outside the dormitory without permisson. In this way may everything be done well and with permission.

It is also known that when our canons are coming from outside to the church, they should hold off from going from whatever hour it is — vespers, perhaps — to morning, unless permission was granted to excuse them or it was unavoidable due to sickness.

Then it is known that all priors, curates, and others coming back from outside to this church should present themselves in order before the Lord Abbot if he is in the church, or they should pay their respects to the prior or the subprior and thus they can go about their business with permission and company, as the above admonishes.