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Bentley Layton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582631.001.0001

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Monastic Life As Seen in the Rules

Monastic Life As Seen in the Rules

(p.51) 3 Monastic Life As Seen in the Rules
The Canons of Our Fathers

Bentley Layton

Oxford University Press

Providing almost the earliest evidence for Christian communal (cenobitic) monasticism, the rules depict many intimate aspects of ascetic practice. Details of monastic daily life are mentioned in passing in the rules, and this chapter uses these details to construct a picture of monastic life (surprisingly compassionate and flexible) under six general topics: the monastery as a physical plant, the human makeup of the community, ascetic observances, the hierarchy of authority, the daily liturgy, and the economy.

Keywords:   daily office, Eucharist, hermits, liturgy, monasteries, monastic daily life, monastic demography

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