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Rule of Saint Benedict


Monasteries and Convents

(Disciplined Rite Monastic life)

Fundamental life style of living a religious life within the CCFM Community

NOTE:  The even-numbered (*) chapters below have been adapted for a women's community.

The odd-numbered chapters are for a men's community.

The Prologue

Chapter 1: On the Kinds of Monks

*Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

*Chapter 4: What Are the Instruments of Good Works

Chapter 5: On Obedience

*Chapter 6: On the Spirit of Silence

Chapter 7: On Humility

*Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

Chapter 9: How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at the Night

*Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

Chapter 11: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on Sundays

*Chapter 12How the Morning Office is to Be Said

Chapter 13: How the Morning Office to Be Said on Weekdays

*Chapter 14: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the Saints

Chapter 15: At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be Said

*Chapter 16: How the Work of God Is to Be Performed During the Day

Chapter 17: How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at These Hours

*Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said

Chapter 19: On the Manner of Saying the Divine Office

*Chapter 20: On Reverence in Prayer

Chapter 21: On the Deans of the Monastery

*Chapter 22: How They Are to Sleep

Chapter 23: On Excommunication for Faults

*Chapter 24: What the Measure of Excommunication Should Be

Chapter 25: On Weightier Faults

*Chapter 26: On Those Who Without an Order Associate With the Excommunicated

Chapter 27: How Solicitous the Abbot Should Be for the Excommunicated

*Chapter 28: On Those Who Will Not Amend After Repeated Corrections

Chapter 29: Whether Brothers Who Leave the Monastery Should Be Received Again

*Chapter 30: How Boys Are to Be Corrected

Chapter 31: What Kind of Man the Cellarer of the Monastery Should Be

*Chapter 32: On the Tools and Property of the Monastery

Chapter 33: Whether Monks Ought to Have Anything of Their Own

*Chapter 34: Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What Is Necessary

Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

*Chapter 36: On the Sick

Chapter 37: On Old Men and Children

*Chapter 38: On the Weekly Reader

Chapter 39: On the Measure of Food

*Chapter 40: On the Measure of Drink

Chapter 41: At What Hours the Meals Should Be Taken

*Chapter 42: That No One Speak After Compline

Chapter 43: On Those Who Come Late to the Work of God or to Table

*Chapter 44: How the Excommunicated Are to make Satisfaction

Chapter 45: On Those Who Make Mistakes in the Oratory

*Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

Chapter 47: On Giving the Signal for the Time of the Work of God

*Chapter 48: On the Daily Manual Labor

Chapter 49: On the Observance of Lent

*Chapter 50: On Those Who Are Working Far From the Oratory or Are on a Journey

Chapter 51: On Brethren Who Go Not Very Far Away

*Chapter 52: On the Oratory of the Monastery

Chapter 53: On the Reception of Guests

*Chapter 54: Whether Monastics Should Receive Letters or Anything Else

Chapter 55: On the Clothes and Shoes of the Brethren

*Chapter 56: On the Abbess's Table

Chapter 57: On the Artisans of the Monastery

*Chapter 58: On the Manner of Receiving Sisters

Chapter 59: On the Sons of Nobles and of the Poor Who Are Offered

*Chapter 60: On Priests Who May Wish to Live in the Monastery

Chapter 61: How Pilgrim Monks Are to Be Received

*Chapter 62: On the Priests of the Monastery

Chapter 63: On the Order of the Community

*Chapter 64: On Constituting an Abbess

Chapter 65: On the Prior of the Monastery

*Chapter 66: On the Porters of the Monastery

Chapter 67: On Brethren Who Are Sent on a Journey

*Chapter 68: If a Sister is Commanded to Do Impossible Things

Chapter 69: That the Monks Presume Not to Defend One Another

*Chapter 70: That No One Venture to Punish at Random

Chapter 71: That the Brethren Be Obedient to One Another

*Chapter 72: On the Good Zeal Which They Ought to Have

Chapter 73: On the Fact That the Full Observance of Justice Is Not Established in This Rule

Signed and Officially Sealed on this date of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

September 16th, 2015

H.E. Very Rev. Dr. Patriarch +++Andrew M. B. Patrick

D.D., Th.D., M.R.Php., B.D.

C.C.F.M., O.S.A., O.S.P., S.O.E., S.O.S.B.N.B

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