CHAPTER 35 - Kitchen Servers of the Week

The members should serve one another. (RB 35:1)

Kitchen service is a theme discussed by the whole monastic tradition. Pachomius mentions weekly service as part of community life. Cassian gives a detailed description of the blessing of weekly servers. Benedict follows with the custom of weekly rotation of cooks and table servers but he brings out the significance of service in a completely new way. The service that Benedict describes is meant to foster charity and love. Embracing this meaning for service aids ones spiritual growth. Love places us at the service of others. Following the Way of Benedict provides the opportunity for us to be an expression of Christ-like love. This expression of Christ-like love will manifest itself as we live life in a self-giving manner and give loving service each and every day to each and every person.