Procedures for Novices and Concluding Material

For the induction of boys

The boy coming coming the seat of the abbot with bended knee and with joined hands should beg for bread, the religious dress, and the perpetual society of of other brothers and religious because of God. Then the abbot should ask him about his devotion and what reason impelled him to make such a request. And he must lay before him the religious condition and its well-known difficulty. And he must seek out from him whether he wishes to do all this. Moreover he must lay before him the pain of getting up for matins, and insist upon the service of the church, and he must lay before him the position and form of obedience which stands firm in a multitude.

And then he should respond that he can accept everything and wishes to because of God. Then the Abbot must ask solemn questions and admonish him to respond truthfully to them.

  1. First: We ask you whether you are born of a legitimate marriage.
  2. Second: Whether you are joined in the bonds of matrimony with any woman.
  3. Third: Whether you are professed in any other religion.
  4. Fourth: Whether you are bound by any other contraints or oaths.
  5. Fifth: Whether you are excommunicated, or have some other irregularity that should be known.
  6. Sixth: Whether you have some incurable or contagious decease.
  7. Seventh: Whether you have parents afflicted with leprosy.
  8. Eighth: Whether you have been accused and not purged of a crime.
  9. Ninth: Whether you are affiliated with another religious affiliation of this church.

Then, after all these have been asked of the one who is to be admitted, if he will have responded in such a manner that no impediment appears, the abbot says: These conditions having been fulfilled I receive you to the year and time of probation. And if your conversation and life pleases us we will receive you to the vows, and if not, then not. And you will conformingly make a trial of our religion and conversation, and if it is displeasing, the clothes in which you have come will be given back to you, and you will be able to freely leave and go back to the world. Following these conditions I receive you to the year of probabion. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen.