Quote of the day: 17 September

Rule of Saint Albert


Albert, called by God’s favor to be patriarch of the church of Jerusalem, bids health in the Lord and the blessing of the Holy Spirit to his beloved sons in Christ, B. and the other hermits under obedience to him, who live near the spring on Mount Carmel.

Many and varied are the ways in which our saintly forefathers laid down how everyone, whatever his station or the kind of religious observance he has chosen, should live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christhow, pure in heart and stout in conscience, he must be unswerving in the service of his Master.

Rule of St. Albert, no. 1- 2



Albert of Jerusalem (21) gbcarmelite Flickr 8053170698_f9a37a2b0a_o
Saint Teresa, Brother B. and Saint Albert of Jerusalem meet by Elijah’s Spring on Mount Carmel, while Elijah and St. Paul keep watch at the summit of the holy mountain. Saint Albert hands the scroll containing the Rule of Life to Brother B, which the patriarch of Jerusalem addressed “to his beloved sons in Christ, B. and the other hermits under obedience to him, who live near the spring on Mount Carmel.”
© Johan Bergström-Allen, gbcarmelite / Flickr
See more Flickr images of Albert of Jerusalem here


Regula Sancti Alberti

Albertus, Dei gratia Hierosolymitanae Ecclesiae vocatus Patriarcha, dilectis in Christo filiis B. et caeteris eremitis qui sub eius obedientia iuxta fontem in Monte Carmeli morantur: in Domino salutem, et Sancti Spiritus benedictionem.

Multifarie multisque modis sancti patres instituerunt qualiter quisque, in quocumque ordine fuerit, vel quemcumque modum religiosae vitae elegerit, in obsequio Jesu Christi vivere debeat, et eidem fideliter, de corde puro et bona conscientia, deservire.

Read the full text of Father Bede Edwards, O.C.D.’s English translation of the Rule here

Read the full text of the Rule of Saint Albert in Latin here

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