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228 > Page 228 of Abbey of Gethsemani / E. Carl Litsey.

FRANK LESLIE'S POPULAR MONTHLY. below these figures are the words already quoted, "Pax Intrantibus." The gate is kept closed and locked. A wire hangs down from a hole high up in the shut gate, with a small wooden cross fastened to its end. Pull this gently, and the silvery notes of a bell are heard, quickly followed by the shuffling of feet, and the door is opened. Before you stands a brown- cowled figure, who greets you with the words "Deo Gratias," or "Benedicat." You enter, and are shown to a wait- ing room on the left, where mementoes of the Abbey may be obtained at a small price. Your business and your name are ascertained by the brother who admitted you, who t straightway seeks the Superior with this information. He re- 0 turns very soon, and beckons you to follow. Leaving the A waiting room, you come to two more gates, opening into the first court. A placard upon the brick walls bears this inscrip- tion, in bold letters: " Women are forbidden under pain of ex- communication to enter these gates." \ This first court is practically a flower garden, with palms and t plants and shrubs artistically f arranged. At one side are two greenhouses, where the flowers are preserved in winter. In the center of the court is a shrine enclosing a life-size statue of the Virgin. In the trellis-work sur- rounding this shrine these words are set, in large letters: "DULCIS VIRGO MARIA SALVE." Crossing the court you ascend eight large stone D steps, and enter the monastery i proper. Once within the bare hallway a feeling of awe descends upon [ you, for it is evident that you are out of the world. The hal is devoid of ornament. On the walls are framed mottoes, taken from the Scriptures, and from the writings of the Saints. Here is one of the more prominent: "If you desire to enter here, leave your body at the door. Here is space only for your soul." The room at the left is the reception room, furnished with two tables and a 228