June 29 – Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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February 28, June 29, October 29

Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

Let each one sleep in a separate bed. 
Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life,
 
according to the Abbess’s directions.
 
If possible let all sleep in one place;
 
but if the number does not allow this,
 
let them take their rest by tens or twenties
 
with the seniors who have charge of them.

A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.

Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords — 
but not with their knives at their sides,
 
lest they cut themselves in their sleep —
 
and thus be always ready to rise without delay
 
when the signal is given
 
and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God,
 
yet with all gravity and decorum.

The younger shall not have beds next to one another, 
but among those of the older ones.

When they rise for the Work of God 
let them gently encourage one another,
 
that the drowsy may have no excuse.

 

 

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