13 February – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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February 13, June 14, October 14

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

On Sunday 
the hour of rising for the Night Office should be earlier.
 
In that Office let the measure already prescribed be kept,
 
namely the singing of six Psalms and a verse.
 
Then let all be seated on the benches in their proper order
 
while the lessons and their responsories are read from the book,
 
as we said above.
 
These shall be four in number,
 
with the chanter saying the “Glory be to the Father”
 
in the fourth responsory only,
 
and all rising reverently as soon as he begins it.

After these lessons 
let six more Psalms with antiphons follow in order, as before,
 
and a verse;
 
and then let four more lessons be read with their responsories
 
in the same way as the former.

After these let there be three canticles 
from the book of the Prophets,
 
as the Abbot shall appoint,
 
and let these canticles be chanted with “Alleluia.”
 
Then when the verse has been said
 
and the Abbot has given the blessing,
 
let four more lessons be read,
 
from the New Testament,
 
in the manner prescribed above.

After the fourth responsory 
let the Abbot begin the hymn “We praise You, O God.”
 
When this is finished
 
the Abbot shall read the lesson from the book of the Gospels,
 
while all stand in reverence and awe.
 
At the end let all answer “Amen,”
 
and let the Abbot proceed at once
 
to the hymn “To You be praise.”
 
After the blessing has been given,
 
let them begin the Morning Office.

This order for the Night Office on Sunday 
shall be observed the year around,
 
both summer and winter;
 
unless it should happen (which God forbid)
 
that the brethren be late in rising,
 
in which case the lessons or the responsories
 
will have to be shortened somewhat.
 
Let every precaution be taken, however,
 
against such an occurrence;
 
but if it does happen,
 
then the one through whose neglect it has come about
 
should make due satisfaction to God in the oratory.

 

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