Separate but Equal: Cistercian Lay Brothers 1120-1350

Separate but Equal: Cistercian Lay Brothers 1120-1350

The institution of the lay brotherhood was not original to the Cistercians, but they developed it to its fullest extent. Although lay, the conversi were under the same vows as monks and represented a new form of religious life. While monks were bound to the recitation of the Divine Office, the lay brothers were dedicated to a life of toil and acted as the monks' auxiliaries. Their contribution to the spiritual and material life of the Cistercian Order was immense.… (more)

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Publisher: Cistercian Publications (December 01, 2012)

Collection: Cistercian Studies

Parent ISBN: 9780879072469

Page count: 471 pages

Language: English

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