THE ABBEY OF GETHSEMANI.
of the room, where the Abbot, Prior
and Sub-Prior sit. Though apart
from the rest of the table, their fare
is the same as the others. They all
sit upon stools, formed of a piece of
plank nailed to two uprights. Their
fork and spoon are of wood, and their
Brown bread and lintels compose his
food. During Lent one meal a day of
bread and water sustains life. Peanuts
are sometimes served as dessert.
At the back of the church, sur-
rounded by a high brick wall, is God's
Acre, the last resting place of the Trap-
knife is of the poorest quality. The pist monk. To this solemn spot each
plates are of tin, and a brown stone member of the community directs his
pitcher about ten inches tall sits before steps once a day, to meditate on the
each brother. In this is water, and vanities of the world, and to pray for
on feast days, cider. On one side of his comrades who have gone before.
the room is a pulpit, which a reader On our way to this graveyard we pass
occupies during the meal. The Trap- a grotto, a fac-simile of the Grotto of
pist never eats meat, fish or eggs. Lourdes, in France, where the Holy