Readings from the Holy Rule of St. Benedict
St. Benedict Orthodox Church
Celebrating in the Western Rite
of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
Pericope 29
The reason we have written this rule is that, by observing it in monasteries, we can show
that we have some degree of virtue and the beginnings of monastic life. But for anyone
hastening on to the perfection of monastic life, there are the teachings of the holy Fathers,
the observance of which will lead him to the very heights of perfection. What page, what
passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for
human life: What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along
the true way to reach the Creator? Then, besides the Conferences of the Fathers, their
Institutes and their Lives, there is also the rule of our holy father Basil. For observant and
obedient monks all these are nothing less than tools for the cultivation of virtues; but as for
us, they make us blush for shame at being so slothful, so unobservant, so negligent. Are
you hastening toward your heavenly home? Then with Christ’s help, keep this little rule that
we have written for beginners. After that, you can set out for the loftier summits of the
teaching and virtues we mentioned above, and under God’s protection you will reach them.
Amen

[Taken from The Rule of St. Benedict, edited by Timothy Fry, OSB, and published by The Liturgical Press]
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles
since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D.
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