CHAPTER XLV Of those who make mistakes in the Oratory
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If any one make a mistake in the recitation of Psalm, responsory, antiphon, or lesson, and do not humble himself by making satisfaction there before all, let him be subjected to severer punishment, as one who would not correct by humility what he did wrong through negligence. But children for such faults are to be whipt.
The monk is God’s “own workman in the multitude of the people” (Prologue); his work is the Opus Dei, the Work of God. To this work, the monk prefers nothing whatsoever (Chapter XLIII). The Divine Office is a specialised work. Not only does the Divine Office require a real preparation, which consists, principally, in the study of the psalms; it also requires a constant attention to detail, and and willingness to learn and always to review the various texts and ceremonies of the Divine Office, so as to enter with body, mind, and heart into the prayer of Christ and of His Spouse, the