CHAPTER L. Of the Brethren who are working at a distance from the Oratory, or are on a journey
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Let the brethren who are at work at a great distance, or on a journey, and cannot come to the Oratory at the proper time (the Abbot judging such to be the case) perform the Work of God there where they are labouring, in godly fear, and on bended knees. In like manner, let not those who are sent on a journey allow the appointed Hours to pass by; but, as far as they can, observe them by themselves, and not neglect to fulfil their obligation of divine service.
In Saint Benedict’s day it was not uncommon for a monastery to possess and cultivate lands at some distance from the community’s central buildings and, notably, from the Oratory. When necessary, some of the monks would be sent out to administer or to work these lands. Such absences could last for days or even weeks, especially at harvest or vintage time. In such circumstances, the Divine