Saturday, April 3, 2010

A shadow over Golgotha

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre even yielded up a shadow for Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday--a shadow of a hanging lamp, a shadow hanging over the walls of Jerusalem
on the wall mosaic that was made for the Millennium 2000 celebrations and Pope John Paul II's visit to the church.
The other side of the huge mosaic shows the anointing or unction of the body for burial.

Pilgrims customarily kneel and kiss the Stone of Unction, believed to be the place where Jesus' body was anointed with oils and spices.
The marble slab was brought here in 1810 to protect the original stone underneath.
The pilgrims rub the stone with a cloth, trying (I assume) to collect any drop of oil that may have fallen when the lamps were filled.
Some place jewelry or belongings on the stone for a minute, for luck.
If you would like to see more of the Holy Sepulchre today, on this day of waiting that will soon end and turn into Easter, please click on my "Holy Sepulchre" label for other posts.
An impressive panoramic tour of the vast church can be viewed at (although its creator's notes are a bit strange).


VP said...

Beautiful post and thanks for the 360 links, those are quite unusual pictures.

crederae said...

chère belle Dina merci pour le message de Jerusalem.
Oui l'art religieux c'est puissant comme tu a montré ici. Les artistes sont magnifiques mais aussi ils sont souffrants aussi.


Sweet Repose said...

What beautiful artwork and ancient traditions!

chubskulit said...

great easter shadow shots!

Please come and see my fitness shadows, happy easter!

Dimple said...

Thanks for the link to the 360, I enjoyed the tour! And the mosaics are impressive.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Pilgrims kneel to pray
in the holy sepulcher
where Christ’s body lay.

Shadowy Toilet!

Hot Fudge said...

What beautiful mosaics. I hope you have a very happy Easter.

Pietro said...

What a marvellous mosaic! I enjoy these fine pictures, Dina.

Reader Wil said...

Very beautiful, Dina! Hopefully it inspires to love and peace all over the world.

Hey Harriet said...

That's a most beautiful mosaic! I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful arts and a great shadow!

Cassie said...

Thank you for this beautiful Shadow Shot post. I learn a bit more about Jerusalem with each of your lovely photos.

JM said...

Wonderful! Glad photos are allowed.