When “reading” meant “reading out loud”

Reading nun From Chapter 48 of the Rule of St. Benedict:

After the sixth hour,
having left the table,
let them rest on their beds in perfect silence;
or if anyone may perhaps want to read,
let her read to herself
in such a way as not to disturb anyone else.

(This particular online Benedictine update alternates the texts between monks and nuns, using female pronouns, etc. for the even-numbered chapters.)

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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

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