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

Let this be the rule for those who for serious offences are excommunicated…

Let this be the rule for those who for serious offences are excommunicated from oratory and table. At the hour when the Work of God is being performed in the oratory, let him lie prostrate before the door of the oratory saying nothing, but just lying there with his face to the ground at the feet of the brethren as they come out of the oratory. And let him continue to do this until the abbot judge that he has made satisfaction for his offence. When at the abbot’s bidding he has come into the oratory, let him throw himself first at the abbot’s feet and then before the rest of the brethren, asking them to pray for him. And then, if the abbot so order, let him be received into the choir, to the place which the abbot appoints. Nevertheless, he must not presume to intone psalm, or lesson, or anything else in the oratory, unless the abbot give that further permission. And at every Hour, at the end of the Work of God, let him cast himself on the ground in the place where he stands; and let him make such satisfaction until the abbot order him anew that he should desist from it. But those who for slight offences are excommunicated from table only, shall make satisfaction in the oratory, and continue it at the abbot’s good pleasure, until he bless them and say: ‘It is enough.’