In Vermont: A Modern Monastery

It is still dark when the priory bell announces the day. In the small, spare chapel built of fieldstone and used wooden beams, 14 brothers gather for their vigil prayer. They arrive singly, dressed in work clothes and blue Oriental-style overblouses. In the choir space, illuminated by a single candle, they wait in quiet meditation until all are present. With them on this weekend morning are some 40 visitors.

"Calm is the night, O Lord, as we wait for you," begin the seated brothers of Vermont's Weston Priory, singing one of the simple contemporary...

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