Table of Contents

The Holy Rule of St. Benedict


Chapter I. Of the Kinds or the Life of Monks

Chapter II. What Kind of Man the Abbot Ought to Be

Chapter III. Of Calling the Brethren for Counsel

Chapter IV. The Instruments of Good Works

Chapter V. Of Obedience

Chapter VI. Of Silence

Chapter VII. Of Humility

Chapter VIII. Of the Divine Office during the Night

Chapter IX. How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at the Night Office

Chapter X. How the Office Is to Be Said during the Summer Season

Chapter XI. How the Night Office Is to Be Said on Sundays

Chapter XII. How Lauds Are to Be Said

Chapter XIII. How Lauds Are to Be Said on Week Days

Chapter XIV. How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the Saints

Chapter XV. At What Times the Alleluia Is to Be Said

Chapter XVI. How the Work of God Is to Be Performed during the Day

Chapter XVII. How Many Psalms Are to Be Sung at These Hours

Chapter XVIII. In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said

Chapter XIX. Of the Manner of Reciting the Psalter

Chapter XX. Of Reverence at Prayer

Chapter XXI. Of the Deans of the Monastery

Chapter XXII. How the Monks Are to Sleep

Chapter XXIII. Of Excommunication for Faults

Chapter XXIV. What the Manner of Excommunication Should Be

Chapter XXV. Of Graver Faults

Chapter XXVI. Of Those Who without the Command of the Abbot Associate with the Excommunicated

Chapter XXVII. How Concerned the Abbot Should Be about the Excommunicated

Chapter XXVIII. Of Those Who Having Often Been Corrected Do Not Amend

Chapter XXIX. Whether Brethren Who Leave the Monastery Ought to Be Received Again

Chapter XXX. How Young Boys Are to Be Corrected

Chapter XXXI. The Kind of Man the Cellarer of the Monastery Ought to Be

Chapter XXXII. Of the Tools and Goods of the Monastery

Chapter XXXIII. Whether Monks Ought to Have Anything of Their Own

Chapter XXXIV. Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What Is Necessary

Chapter XXXV. Of the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

Chapter XXXVI. Of the Sick Brethren

Chapter XXXVII. Of the Aged and Children

Chapter XXXVIII. Of the Weekly Reader

Chapter XXXIX. Of the Quantity of Food

Chapter XL. Of the Quantity of Drink

Chapter XLI. At What Times the Brethren Should Take Their Refection

Chapter XLII. That No One Speak after Complin

Chapter XLIII. Of Those Who Are Tardy in Coming to the Work of God or to Table

Chapter XLIV. Of Those Who Are Excommunicated—How They Make Satisfaction

Chapter XLV. Of Those Who Commit a Fault in the Oratory

Chapter XLVI. Of Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

Chapter XLVII. Of Giving the Signal for the Time of the Work of God

Chapter XLVIII. Of the Daily Work

Chapter XLIX. On the Keeping of Lent

Chapter L. Of Brethren Who Work a Long Distance from the Oratory or Are on a Journey

Chapter LI. Of the Brethren Who Do Not Go Very Far Away

Chapter LII. Of the Oratory of the Monastery

Chapter LIII. Of the Reception of Guests

Chapter LIV. Whether a Monk Should Receive Letters or Anything Else

Chapter LV. Of the Clothing and the Footgear of the Brethren

Chapter LVI. Of the Abbot's Table

Chapter LVII. Of the Artists of the Monastery

Chapter LVIII. Of the Manner of Admitting Brethren

Chapter LIX. Of the Children of the Noble and of the Poor Who Are Offered

Chapter LX. Of Priests Who May Wish to Live in the Monastery

Chapter LXI. How Stranger Monks Are to Be Received

Chapter LXII. Of the Priests of the Monastery

Chapter LXIII. Of the Order in the Monastery

Chapter LXIV. Of the Election of the Abbot

Chapter LXV. Of the Prior of the Monastery

Chapter LXVI. Of the Porter of the Monastery

Chapter LXVII. Of the Brethren Who Are Sent on a Journey

Chapter LXVIII. If a Brother Is Commanded to Do Impossible Things

Chapter LXIX. That in the Monastery No One Presume to Defend Another

Chapter LXX. That No One Presume to Strike Another

Chapter LXXI. That the Brethren Be Obedient to One Another

Chapter LXXII. Of the Virtuous Zeal Which the Monks Ought to Have

Chapter LXXIII. Of This, that Not the Whole Observance of Righteousness Is Laid Down in this Rule


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