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View Movies The Collation reading

The monks assembled in the north cloister walk for the daily Collation reading. The reader waited at the lectern with his book open in preparation until the abbot arrived, and when he did so each monk bowed as he passed. The abbot sat opposite the reader, the monks occupied stone benches. At the end of the reading the monks faced eastwards to bow and salute, as this is the direction from which Christ, it was believed, would return