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27 Junii

DE REVERENTIA ORATIONIS.

25 Feb. SI cum hominibus potentibus volumus 27 Oct. aliqua suggerere, non præsumimus, nisi cum humilitate, et reverentia: quanto magis Domino Deo universorum cum omni humilitate, et puritatis devotione supplicandum est ? Et non in multiloquio, sed in puritate cordis, et compunctione lacrymarum nos exaudiri sciamus. Et ideo brevis debet esse et pura oratio; nisi forte ex affectu inspirationis divinæ gratiæ protendatur. In Conventu tamen omnino brevietur oratio, et facto signo a Priore, omnes pariter surgant.

1 Matth. vi. 7.

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OF REVERENCE AT PRAYER.

IF, when we wish to make some suggestion to the powerful, we presume not to speak to them except with humility and reverence; with how much greater reason ought we to present our supplications in all humility and purity of devotion, to the Lord God of all things? And let us bear in mind, that we shall be heard, not for our many words, but for our purity of heart, and our penitential tears.1 Our prayer, therefore, ought to be short and pure, unless perchance it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine Grace. Yet, let all prayer made in common be short, and when the sign has been given by the Prior, let all rise together.

28 Junii

DE DECANIS MONASTERII.

26 Feb. SI major fuerit Congregatio, eligantur 28 Oct. de ipsis fratres boni testimonii et sanctæ conversationis, et constituantur Decani: qui sollicitudinem gerant super Decanias suas in omnibus, secundum mandata Dei et præcepta Abbatis sui. Qui Decani tales eligantur, in quibus securus Abbas partiatur onera sua, et non eligantur per ordinem, sed secundum vitæ meritum, et sapientiæ doctrinam. Quod si quis ex eis aliqua forte inflatus superbia repertus fuerit reprehensibilis; correptus semel, et iterum, et tertio, si emendare noluerit, dejiciatur, et alter in loco ejus, qui dignus est, subrogetur. Et de Præposito eadem constitui

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OF THE DEANS OF THE MONASTERY.

IF the Community be large, let men of good repute and saintly lives be chosen from among the Brethren, and appointed Deans, to be careful over their Deaneries in all things, according to the command of God, and the precepts of their Abbot. Let such men be chosen for Deans as the Abbot may safely rely upon to share his burthens; and let them not be chosen by order, but according to the merit of their lives and learning. And if perchance any of them, being puffed up with pride, shall be found blameworthy, and being thrice rebuked, shall show no sign of amendment, let him be put out of office, and a more worthy man substituted in his place. Concerning the Provost, we make the same ordinance.

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29 Junii

QUOMODO DORMIANT MONACHI.

27 Feb. SINGULI per singulos lectos dormiant. 29 Oct. Lectisternia pro modo conversationis, secundum dispensationem Abbatis sui, singuli accipiant. Si potest fieri, omnes in uno loco dormiant: si autem multitudo non sinit, deni, aut viceni cum Senioribus suis, qui super eos solliciti sint, pausent. Candela jugiter in eadem cella ardeat usque mane.

Vestiti dormiant, et cincti cingulis aut funibus, et cultellos ad latus non habeant dum dormiunt, ne forte per somnium vulnerentur dormientes: et ut parati sint Monachi semper; et facto signo absque mora surgentes, festinent invicem se prævenire ad opus Dei, cum omni tamen gravitate, et modestia. Adolescentiores

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