Statutes of Fra.
A. THE CHAPTER GENERAL OF 1176
THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SICK TO HAVE WHITE BREAD. -
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Let all men know of those who are, and those in the future
shall be sons of Holy Mother Church, that I Jobert, Master of the Hospital of
Jerusalem, with the good will and unanimous consent of all our brethren
assembled in our Common Chapter, before the presence and witness of the
passion and resurrection of Our Lord, have given and granted in permanent
possession to our blessed lords, that is to say to the poor of the Xenodocheum
of the Hospital of Jerusalem, and to Brother Steven the Hospitaller at the
present time, and to their successors who shall come after them perpetually
for all time, two casales, that is to say the casales of St. Mary and Caphaer,
with all their possessions and appurtenances within and without, for the
provision of white bread which should be given to them forever; and if by
chance it should happen that the corn should fail in the casales or be
insufficient to provide for the needs of the poor, enough should be taken from
the Treasury to purchase white bread and to provide sufficient for the poor;
and if should happen that the wheat from the casales should be mixed with evil
herbs, good wheat should be taken measure for measure from the granary of the
Hospital, and so sufficient should be provided for our lords the poor. And in
order that this gift may be established and unaltered forever, we have caused
this charter to be sealed with our seal; and if anyone from henceforward would
go to contrary to this Holy Commandment, or would distort it, may he be damned
with Judas the traitor in everlasting damnation, with Cain and Dathan and
Abiron, whom the earth swallowed up, may he be cursed with the curse. Amen.
Each loaf should be the weight of two marks, and should be
given to two poor persons.
This decree was made in the year of the Incarnation of Our