Basil, Rule of St

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The monastic Rule put forward by St Basil the Great, which is the basis of the usual Rule followed by religious in the E. Church. The most widespread form of the Rule consists of various Basilian documents put together in the 6th cent., and later expanded; a different form was used by St Theodore of Studios (d. 826) in his revision of the Rule. While strict, the Rule avoids the extreme asceticism of the hermits of the desert.

Subjects: Christianity.

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