A laugh of silent joy

HE is a day of sunshine and of calm; a well of purity and fruitful virginity. His whole body, as it were, forms a laugh of silent joy. Gentleness and radiance flow from him. Like a cool and clear day in spring when the breeze is full of the scents of new life, so his words are full of the fragrance which comes from the flower-covered valleys of his heart, the slopes of his sacred and light-bearing reflections.

Archimandrite Vasileios of Stavronikita, in “Hymn Of Entry” (SVS Press, 1984), writing of “the genuine monk”.


LORD Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.