THE LITURGICAL CODE: CHAPTERS 8-20

Prayer: Responsibility & Privilege (Part 3)

The Liturgical Code in the Rule of Benedict (Chapters 8-20) reflects both originality and faithfulness to the earlier monastic tradition. Benedict drew upon a variety of sources for his liturgical material: Rule of the Master, the Roman Office, the monastic tradition of Arles and Lerins, and cathedral usages from Jerusalem, Milan, and Spain. He introduced hymnody as a new element into the Liturgy of the Hours. While maintaining traditional elements, he adapted and modified elements, shaping them to his own purposes. The Rule of Benedict gives us a good example of a way to remain faithful to liturgical tradition while adapting to meet changing circumstances.