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

Let them sleep each one in a separate bed…

Let them sleep each one in a separate bed. Let them receive beds in accordance with the character of their lives, as the abbot shall appoint. If it be possible, let them all sleep in one place; but if their numbers do not permit of this, let them take their rest by tens or twenties with the seniors who have charge of them. Let a light burn in the room continually until morning. Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords; but they should not have their knives at their sides when they are sleeping, lest perchance they cut themselves in their sleep. Let the monks thus be always ready, and when the signal is given rise without delay and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God, yet with all gravity and moderation. Let the younger brethren not have their beds by themselves, but among those of the seniors. When they rise for the Work of God let them gently encourage one another, so that the drowsy may have no excuse.