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The Admonitio of St Benedict, in a Martyrology

The Admonitio of St Benedict, in a Martyrology

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1390

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 68

Item number: f.143v

Length: 35.8

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Monasteries had special services everyday in which the dead of the community were commemorated. It took place in the chapterhouse after morning prayers or mass and consisted of reading aloud in turns a chapter from the rule followed by the community, the names of saints whose feasts would be commemorated on the following day and reading of the names of the deceased of the community and names of important friends who had given them support. The lists of names of saints and of the dead along with a calendar and other texts important to the monastery, such as its rule, were collected in a book called a 'martyrology.' A very old, large and important community such as the priory of Christ Church, Canterbury, would have a massive list and collection of texts important to it. This martyrology of Christ Church records names and events from the 14th to 16th centuries. The Rule of St Benedict was a model of moderation and became the standard rule for monks in the middle ages. An excerpt was read each day in Benedictine monasteries in the chapter. This page gives a letter of Benedict to his followers, called the 'Admonitio', which concerns daily practices and discipline and was placed after the rule proper in the manuscript.

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