Form of Life of Pope Innoncent IV - 94 

and the fasts instituted universally by the Church.a Nevertheless, let the abbess be careful that she does not permit blood- letting to be celebrated commonly more than four times a year, unless manifest necessity requires that it be more. Nor may they receive blood-letting from an outsider, especially a man, when it can be conveniently avoided.

Let the greatest care and diligence be afforded the sick. Let the sick be served kindly and solicitously in a spirit of charity accord- ing to what is possible and appropriate, both in the food that their sickness requires, as well as in the other necessary things. Those who are sick may have their own place, if this is possible, where they may remain separated from the healthy, so that their wellbeing and quiet may not be disturbed or dissipated.

5Each sister may have two, or even more, tunics, as it seems fitting to the abbess, besides a hair shirt and a woven one if they have it, and a mantle of suitable length and width. Let these garments be of rough cloth both in price and in color according to the various regions. But let them have a cord as a belt, except the serving sisters who may wear a belt of cloth and not a cord.

Let them also have a scapular without a hood of light, religious cloth or woven cloth, which is of appropriate length and width, as the nature or height of each one demands . Let them be clothed in these when they are working or doing some thing that they cannot fittingly do wearing a mantle. But if they wish to have the scapulars together with the mantles, or even wish to sleep in them, they are not forbidden to do so. They can be without them at times, if it seems fitting to the abbess, when perhaps because of excessive heat or the like, they are too heavy for the sisters to wear.

Let their heads be covered in a uniform and becoming way by a head-band or a garment that is thoroughly white, although not odd. Let the forehead, the cheeks, and the throat, as is proper, be appropriately covered. Let them not dare to appear in any other




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 94