Summer 1985 • Vol. VII No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1985 |

A Death in Souvála

Brother Yíanni knew that, for him, prayer was the most holy manifestation of The Spirit possible on earth. When he prayed the Hours, when he read Scripture and meditated upon it, when he recited Psalms—slowly, thoughtfully, breathing the words out from his own spirit—his lips moved with a concentration that suggested trance, and his whole mind submitted to the rhythms and meanings of the words he uttered. As in a cathedral an organist transforms the mute black symbols of a printed score to glorious music, so Brother Yíanni in prayer and meditation made manifest in the world the glory of The Word, day by day, year by year, with a dedication born of the deepest imaginable awe and love. Once each year for the past six years, during Easter week, the Father had summoned the monk to his office in the Monastery's main building to offer him the opportunity of entrance into the priesthood, but each year Brother Yíanni had declined—politely, gratefully, firmly. He knew now that h

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