CHAPTER 45 - Mistakes in the Oratory

Should anyone make a mistake in a psalm, responsory, refrain or reading, s/he must make satisfaction there before all. RB 45:1

Speaking about mistakes is not a new concept introduced in the Rule of Benedict. It is found in many of the earlier Rules. Benedict is looking for followers who are paying attention, seekers who are as wholly present as possible. This does not mean that our communal prayer will be free of mistakes. It means that our efforts at communal prayer will be done with as much mindfulness and presence as possible.