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

In all things, therefore, let all follow the Rule as master…

In all things, therefore, let all follow the Rule as master, nor let anyone rashly depart from it. Let no one in the monastery follow the will of his own heart; not let anyone presume to contend with his abbot in an insolent fashion or outside the monastery. Should he presume to do so, let him undergo the discipline of the Rule. The abbot himself, however, should do all things in the fear of God and observance of the Rule, knowing that he will certainly have to render an account of all his judgements to God, the most just Judge. But if the business to be done in the interests of the monastery be of lesser importance, let him use the advice of the seniors only. It is written: Do all things with counsel, and thou shalt not afterwards repent it.1

1Ecclus xxxii, 24