Drawing of Rievaulx Abbey showing monks worshipping in the church of the Cistercian monastery. © English Heritage Photo Library.

Drawing of Rievaulx Abbey showing monks worshipping in the church of the Cistercian monastery. © English Heritage Photo Library.

I write, in my Benedictine Rule, that the model of monastic life is the family- with the abbot as the father and all the monks as brothers (abbot is to make no distinctions among monks). This is combined with the order of a roman military scola. Priesthood is not a prerequisite to become a monk. Daily life is to be regulated into periods of prayer (both private and communal), the reading of sacred texts, manual labor, and sleep.

I write, in my Benedictine Rule, that the model of monastic life is the family- with the abbot as the father and all the monks as brothers (abbot is to make no distinctions among monks). This is combined with the order of a roman military scola. Priesthood is not a prerequisite to become a monk. Daily life is to be regulated into periods of prayer (both private and communal), the reading of sacred texts, manual labor, and sleep.

Cleeve Abbey | English Heritage This is a  reconstruction of the Refectory. The roof is still the original

Cleeve Abbey | English Heritage This is a reconstruction of the Refectory. The roof is still the original

Rievaulx Abbey in North York Moors National Park a Cistercian abbey dates back 900 years. The abbey was disolved by King Henry VIII and partially dismantled, but many of the walls and arches are in great shape.

Rievaulx Abbey in North York Moors National Park a Cistercian abbey dates back 900 years. The abbey was disolved by King Henry VIII and partially dismantled, but many of the walls and arches are in great shape.

Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.

Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.

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