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RULE FOR THE MONASTERY OF COMPLUDO (Regula monachorum Complutensis) CONTENTS Chapter Page 1 On the love of God and of one's neighbor ........ 156 2 On prayers ................................... 156 3 On priors and the divine office ................. 157 4 On the clothing and dress of the monks ......... 159 5 On eating at table ............................ 160 6 On physical labor ............................. 161 7 On tools and utensils .......................... 163 8 On the obedience and steadiness of a monk ...... 163 9 On monks who perform weekly duties. . . . . . . . . . . 164 10 On guests, travelers, and the sick .... . . . . . . . . . . .. 165 liOn the cleanliness and bearing of the monks ..... 165 12 On the caution of a monk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 166 13 On crimes .................................... 166 14 On the excommunicated ...................... 166 15 On the loud complainers and the licentious. . . . . .. 167 16 On monks who lie, steal, or strike. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 16R 17 On the guilty ................................. 169 18 On fasting. . .. . .. . .. . .... . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. 170 19 On food ...................................... 171 20 On the duties of the abbot or prior. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 171 21 How a candidate should be received ............. 172 22 On the profession of a candidate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 173 23 On the earliest convert ......................... 174 24 On the elders ............. :................... 175 25 On Sunday [see below, p. 174 n. I] 155 156 FRUCTUOSUS OF BRAGA Chapter 1 After the love of God and of one's neighbor, which is the bond of all perfection and the greatest of the virtues, it has been determined by the tradition of the Rule that the following shall be preserved in monasteries: first, to be devoted to prayer night and day and to observe the prescribed division of hours; then, never for anyone to be idle in any respect or slothful in spiritual exercises in the daytime. Chapter 2 The method of celebrating the first hour is sanctioned by the words of the prophet: "At dawn I shall stand by you and I shall see you. For you are a God delighting not in wickedness."l And again: "To you I shall pray, 0 Lord; at dawn you shall hear my voice."2 The second hour too is set up as a sort of boundary between Prime and Terce; whence also it must not be spent in idleness by the monks. Hence it has been determined that it shall be celebrated with a threefold observance of Psalms, thus completing the office of Prime and subsequently climbing the steps towards Terce. Likewise it has been determined that this same order is to be observed in the case of the other hours, Terce) Sext) None; Duodecima also and Vespers)3 so that, both before and after each of these three sets of regular hours, special prayers may continue the observances. During the night hours, the first hour of night is to be celebrated with six prayers and then I Cf. Ps. 5.4, 5. 2 Cf. Ps. 5.3, 4. 3 Reading atque vespera; the Concordia of Benedict of Aniane reads usque vesperam, "until evening," because Duodecima and Vespers may be identical. Du Cange quotes this example of Duodecima as equal to Vespers, but d. ch. 6 below, p. 162, where a period of meditation is appointed "from Duodecima until Vespers." RULE FOR MONASTERY OF COMPLUnO 157 to be finished in the church by chanting ten Psalms with lauds and benedictions. Then, as they say farewell to each other and stand by one another in reconciliation and absolution , they shall make mutual forgiveness of their sins; and by humble piety those who have been separated from the company of the brothers because of slight faults shall earn forgiveness. Then finally as they go to their beds, all coming together as a sign of perfect peace and the absolution of sins, they shall sing three Psalms as usual with lauds and benedictions and shall recite together the Symbol of Christian Faith; that they may show the purity of their faith in the sight of the Lord, so that if by an unexpected though not unlikely circumstance, anyone should be called during the night hours to leave his body, he might offer before God a faith already tried and a conscience purified of every scandal. Then, going to their cells in deep silence and with composed countenance and quiet step, no one walking closer to another than the space of a cubit or even daring to look at another, each shall go to his bed. There, in silent prayer and meditation of Psalms, he shall complete his prayer with the recitation of Psalm 50 and a prayer; and without daring to make any noise or to...

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ISBN
9780813211633
Print ISBN
9780813200637
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OCLC
47009817
Pages
249
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
Latin
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