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

If any man of good station offer his son to God…

If any man of good station offer his son to God in the monastery and the boy himself be still very young, let his parents draw up the petition which we mentioned above; and when they are making the offering, let them wrap the petition and the boy’s hand in the altar cloth and so offer him. As regards his property, let them promise in the same document under oath that they will never of themselves, or through an intermediary, or in any way whatever, give him anything or provide him with the opportunity of possessing anything. But if they prefer not to do this and desire to give an alms to the monastery for their advantage, let them draw up a deed of gift of the property which they desire to give to the monastery, reserving the income to themselves if they wish. And in this way let every opening be stopped, so that the boy may have no expectations whereby (which God forbid) he might be deceived and ruined, as we have learned by experience. And let poorer folk do in like manner. But those who possess nothing at all, shall simply draw up the petition and offer their son at the offertory before witnesses.