In many monasteries on the Feast of the Holy Innocents the order of seniority is reversed, and the novices rule. This custom is particularly elaborate in the Carmel, as a cousin of mine in the Carmel of Graz attests (cf. also Sackville-West), but it is also among the Cistercians. In Heiligenkreuz the reversal takes place only at lunch. The youngest novice this year gave a very amusing exhortation before lunch.
The abbot, prior, cellerar, and novice-master had to serve at table, while the sub-prior read the table reading.
Afterwards the novices commanded that Kaffee und Kuchen be served in the recreation room.