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  • Dom Justin McCann’s translation of the Rule of St. Benedict was first published in 1937, and has long been admired for its happy combination of elegance of style and accuracy. Having fallen out of print for decades, it is here finally republished in a newly typeset edition with historically correct monastic typeface in 2024.
  • The dates on the margins mark the passages traditionally read at the Chapter Office after Prime that ensure the Rule is read in full three times a year.
  • Softcover, pocket sized (4 x 6 inches)
  • ISBN: 9798218383961

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No book apart from the Bible was more copied in the Middle Ages than the venerable Rule of Saint Benedict, which has guided uncounted monks, nuns, oblates, and laymen to salvation for well over a millennium since it was written in the sixth century. Originating in rural Italy, its evident wisdom and simple style recommended it to Pope Saint Gregory the Great, and honoured by his approval it soon spread throughout Latin Christendom, becoming the monastic rule par excellence. 

Dom Justin McCann’s translation of the Rule was first published in 1937, and has long been admired for its happy combination of elegance of style and accuracy. Having fallen out of print for decades, it is here finally republished in a newly typeset edition with historically correct monastic typeface. The dates on the margins mark the passages traditionally read at the Chapter Office after Prime that ensure the Rule is read in full three times a year, while the edition’s pocket size (4 × 6 in.) makes it convenient for personal study and reflection as well. English-speaking readers here have an enduring companion as they ‘gird their loins with faith and the performance of good works, and following the guidance of the Gospels walk in the Lord’s paths, that they might merit to see him who has called us unto his kingdom’.