Does being old make graffiti more respectable?
So many of you had strong reactions to the post of yesterday that tonight I want to give you a nicer kind of writing and marking found on some stones of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Remember the tall entrance doors from last Friday? I photographed them from the top of these steep stairs, on what is called Golgotha or the Mount of Calvary.
See the ledge on top of the little white pillars to the left?
I was leaning on this smooth, cool ledge to take the picture of the doors below. Under my elbows I suddenly noticed the graffiti , carved in 1876!
Blogger friend Mediterranean Kiwi of the fine One Day in Hania e-mailed her help in solving the mystery of what is written in Greek:
"MNSOT KYRIE is probably something like 'the servant of the lord'
KAISAPOYS - this name has to do with the name 'caesar'
ATHONITOY - from Mt. Athos (he must have been a monk)
GRIGORA - obviously from the name 'Gregory'
PELOP---ONHSIOS - from the Peloponese"
Centuries before the monk from Greece's holy Mount Athos arrived, other pilgrims came up to Jerusalem and showed their devotion by cutting these little crosses into the walls of the church, along the stairs going down to the Chapel of St. Helena.
I find it very touching.
To think of medieval folks who made great sacrifices to make the long and dangerous journey to the Holy Land . . . how they must have felt, finally to touch the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre!
It matters little, what (if any) religion you belong to. The feel of a place much prayed in is very touching. Touching our soul.