Thursday 18th April, the Community will be praying Vigils and Compline privately.

At the gate of the monastery let there be placed a wise old man

At the gate of the monastery let there be placed a wise old man, who understands how to give and receive an answer, and whose years prevent him from straying. This porter should have a room near the gate, so that those who come may always find him there to answer them. As soon as anyone knocks, or a poor man hails him, let him answer Deo gratias or Benedic*. Then let him attend to them promptly, with all the gentleness of the fear of God and with fervent charity. If the porter need help, let him have one of the younger brethren.

The monastery should, if possible, be so arranged that all necessary things, such as water, mill, garden and various workshops may be within the enclosure, so that the monks may not be compelled to wander outside it, for this is not at all profitable for their souls.

We desire that this Rule should be read aloud often in the community, so that no brother may excuse himself on the ground of ignorance.

* [Thanks be to God or your blessing please]