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The Blessing of the Water on Sunday


This occurred before Terce and the major Mass; the mass-servers, monks and novices filed in front of the celebrant who stood on the presbytery step, and sprinkled them with newly blessed Holy Water. The lay-brothers ‘came forward’, but it is not clear whether this meant to the door of the rood screen, or that they too processed to the presbytery step. The twelfth-century customary of the Order states that the sacristan should take some of the Holy Water to a stoop where the guests and familiars were, and then do the same for the lay-brothers; this suggests that the lay-brothers remained in their own zone.

[See Ecclesiastica Officia 55: 25-6.]