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DE FILIIS

13 Aug.

NOBILIUM VEL PAUPERUM, QUI
OFFERUNTUR.

13 Apr. Si quis forte de nobilibus offert filium 18 Dec., suum Deo in Monasterio, si ipse puer minori ætate est, parentes ejus faciant petitionem quam supra diximus. Et cum oblatione ipsam petitionem et manum pueri involvant in palla altaris, et sic eum offerant. De rebus autem suis aut in præsenti petitione promittant sub jurejurando, quia nunquam per se, nunquam per suspectam personam, nec quolibet modo ei aliquando aliquid dent, aut tribuant occasionem habendi.

Vel certe, si hoc facere noluerint et aliquid offerre voluerint in eleemosynam Monasterio pro mercede sua, faciant ex rebus, quas dare

OF THE SONS OF NOBLES, OR OF THE POOR THAT ARE OFFERED.

IF any nobleman shall perchance offer his son to God in the Monastery, let the parents, if the child himself be under age, make the aforesaid promise for him, and together with the oblation* let them wrap that promise and the hand of the boy in the Altar Cloth, and thus dedicate him to God. But with regard to his property, they shall, in the said document, promise under oath, that they will never either give or furnish him with an occasion of having anything, either by themselves, or

*This was a host and a chalice in which there was some wine. The child held them in his hands during the ceremony of dedication. Constit: Lanfranci. Cap. xviis.

volunt Monasterio, donationem, reservato sibi (si ita voluerint) usufructuario. Atque ita omnia obstruantur, ut nulla suspicio remaneat puero, per quam deceptus perire possit (quod absit), quod experimento didicimus. Similiter autem et pauperiores faciant. Qui vero ex toto nihil habent, simpliciter petitionem faciant, et cum oblatione offerant filium suum coram testibus.

by any other person or means whatsoever. If they will not do this, but wish to offer something as an alms to the Monastery, by way of acknowledgment, let them make a donation of whatever they please, and reserve the income of it to themselves during life. Let matters be so managed that no expectation remain with the child, whereby being deceived he may perish, (which God forbid), as we have learnt by experience in the case of others. Let those who are poorer act in the same way. But such as have nothing whatever, shall simply make the promise, and with the oblation give up their son, before wit

nesses.

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DE SACERDOTIBUS, QUI VOLUERINT IN MONASTERIO HABITARE.

14 Aug.

14 Apr. Si quis de ordine Sacerdotum in Monas14 Dec. terio se suscipi rogaverit, non quidem ei citius assentiatur: tamen si omnino perstiterit in hac petitione, sciat se omnem Regulæ disciplinam servaturum nec aliquid ei relaxabitur, ut sit, sicut scriptum est: "Amice, ad quid venisti ?" Concedatur ei tamen post Abbatem stare, et benedicere, aut Missam tenere; si tamen jusserit ei Abbas. Sin alias, nullatenus aliqua præsumat, sciens se disciplinæ regulari subditum, et magis humilitatis exempla omnibus det.

Si forte ordinationis aut alicujus rei causa 1 Matth. xxvi. 50.

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