[[Image:Benedict.JPG|right|thumb|250px|Benedict of Nursia]]
The '''Rule of Benedict''' is a rule for life in a [[cenobitic]] [[monastery]]. Written by [[Benedict of Nursia]], the rule is
generally used by monasteries in the West.
Written in the sixth century by St. Benedict of Nursia, the Rule of St. Benedict proved to be the most influential guide of Western [[ monasticism]] until after the Great Schism, perhaps the most influential guide ever in the West. Followed continuously since the time of St. Benedict, this rule is currently used by Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran monasteries. Designed for [[ monk]]s sharing the common life, the Rule is renowned for its spiritual riches, gentleness, and balance.
The [[saint]] described his rule as "a school of the Lord's service, in which we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome." In its 73 chapters, he prescribes a full way of life for cenobitic monks to "share in the sufferings of Christ, and be found worthy to be coheirs with Him of His kingdom." In addition to the moral and spiritual aspects of common life, he describes the proper attributes of monks and the ruling [[Abbot]], the proper form of Divine Office, and even the appropriate way to greet visitors.
The Rule states it is intended for beginners, and recommends monks read the Monastic Rule of [[Basil the Great|St. Basil]], the the ''Institutes'' and ''Conferences'' of [[John Cassian|St. John Cassian]], as well as the Bible and the lives of the saints, as they advance in their asceticism.
Rule of St. Benedict has been kept in continual obedience by monks since the time it was written. [http://books.google.com/books?id=J6bxIhNMRn0C&pg=PA58&lpg=PA58&dq=athos+monastery+benedictine&source=web&ots=gbRW7eL_-X&sig=_vf05KnEpCU2Lz0-CjytqvpEa7c&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result The Latin Monastery of Amalfi] observed the Rule on [[ Mount Athos]] until 1287; in the eleventh century, this ruling Benedictine monastery was ranked fifth in the Holy Mountain's hierarchy. Various other Orthodox have kept the Rule in recent times, including the monks of St. Luke's Priory under the Antiochian [[ Western Rite Vicariate]]. Presently, the [[ Christ the Savior Monastery (Hamilton, Ontario)|Christ the Savior Monastery]] (ROCOR) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, ( sometimes known as "Christminster") follows the Benedictine monastic rule. Likewise, among the Old Calendarists, the [[ The Abbey of the Holy Name (West Milford, New Jersey)|Abbey of the Holy Name ]] and its various dependencies.
External Links== [http://www. kansasmonks.org/ RuleOfStBenedict. html The Rule of St. Benedict]
[http://www.christminster.org Christ the Savior Monastery], a Benedictine monastery under the [[ Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia|Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]].
http://holynameabbey. org Abbey of the Holy Name], a Benedictine monastery under the [[Holy Synod of Milan | Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas]].
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[[category: Western Rite]]