Left: Canons of Sint Servaas in ‘Costume de Choeur’, winterdress and summerdress. 1695. Drawing Ph.van Gulpen. | RHCL LGOG 417 47 Both the master of the hospital and the monks swear an oath They are not allowed to visit sufferers from the plague in private of reverence, loyalty and obeisance to deacon, chapter and homes, not even to counsel them or to provide care very briefly. provisors. The oath of obeisance included in the oath should not All of this to prevent the spreading of the disease to the hospice. be sworn to the bishop but to the dean and the chapter. Both the masters of the hospital and the religious should ensure that the hospice incurs no additional expenses, such as unnecessary payments or hospitality extended to friends, in On revenues and expenses order to prevent that goods donated for the benefit of the poor are taken away from them. Properties are overseen as follows: The master of the hospital must keep records. He receives payments and pays expenses on behalf of the On rewards hospice. According to ancient custom he annually gives account to the The religious must provide assistance to the master of the dean and the chapter. hospital and his servant, who have been appointed by the deacon Based on property and income, the master of the hospital and the chapter on the proposal of the provisors, in order that provides the usual to the pilgrim: grain for bread and beer and they are able to support themselves in an appropriate manner. additionally all other goods that require regular investment, such The master of the hospital gives pastoral care. In return he as household goods for monks and sick and healthy pilgrims; also receives the beneficie founded in the hospice’s chapel and of all that is needed for the upkeep and clothing of the professed one of the beneficies established on the Sint-Servaas altar. This religious people and for the treatment and feeding of the sick. should provide sufficient recompense for their administrative duties. On care On the duties of the religious The pilgrims who come to visit Sint Servaas’ tomb receive a ration of bread, beer, peas etc. every evening, according to old Their profession or the fact that they are part of a congregation regulations and custom. does not entitle the religious, neither as a group nor as Only sick pilgrims are accommodated in the hospice, unless individuals, to any authority over the ownership of properties of healthy citizens and others ask for shelter based on a foundation, the hospice. This is the province of the pilgrims who come to but the founder’s intentions must be investigated and judged by visit the tomb of Sint Servaas and who should be given shelter in the chapter. the hospice. Excluded from care are: ‘mockers’ and vagrants, the military, The religious are not allowed to move revenues and possessions foundlings and sufferers of the so-called Gallic disease, the to another place or to use them elsewhere in case they should plague or leprosy or other dangerous diseases. Those who are have to leave. It is also not allowed to use these for other wounded in a duel are also turned away. Old people and blind purposes than for the benefit of the poor and the pilgrims who people are admitted for three days at most. have found shelter in the hospital. If a stranger contracts the plague during his stay in the hospice, he will not be sent away but placed in a separate room. Servants of canons must be admitted, even when they have the plague, and they must be given appropriate care. On extramural care The religious are not allowed to tend to sick people in private homes, stay in their homes overnight or perform services. They are allowed to do so in the homes of canons, namely to canons and their personnel, unless they wish to be cared for in the hospice.
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