Friday, June 4, 2010

Both feet on the floor

First-time visitors to St. James Cathedral had better read the rules before entering the church for vespers.

I have seen confused tourists get corrected by an attendant for breaking Rule 4c.
And once I tried to catch a picture of the priest hammering on the simandron when he suddenly turned around and said "No pictures." I instinctively put the camera in my pants pocket. I wondered why he stared at me. Then I remembered Rule 4b.
And that wasn't even inside the church per se.

Click to read the Armenian Orthodox rules.
Compare and contrast; how do the recently-posted Catholic monastery's rules differ?
:) Just kidding.
Reflected in the glass for James' Weekend Reflections is the monastery with old khachkars in the wall.
I really like St. James and whenever I am in the Old City I try to be in the Armenian Quarter and the church at 3:00 pm to hear their vespers.


Spiderdama said...

Thats a cool and great reflection in nr 2. Well done:-)

James said...

Some of the rules seem strange to me. I'm wondering if you broke a rule by taking a picture of the rules. :) Rule or no rule I'm glad you took these shots.

Carolyn Ford said...

Very interesting rules...I think I would be nervous being a visitor in that church. However, you captured a great reflection that tells a story of the way things are in this place.

cieldequimper said...

I'm fine with most of these, except crossing my legs. That would be hard not to do!

Super Dina!

Rob and Mandy said...

I worked for a while in the Lutheran Hostel, just off Jaffa Gate, and I used to go to St James quite regularly, often to their vesper as well. Small world, Dina.

Pietro said...

Dina, also for the Shroud exposition the photos were not looked favourably: I'm wondering what disturb can give to photograph in the silent mode and without flash!

Cloudia said...

Always something valuable here, Dina

Shalom with Aloha from Waikiki

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Pat said...

Cool reflections and very interesting rules. "No hands in pockets". Seriously? "No crossed legs". Wow. Strict. I read the rules for the Catholic Monastery. "No taking off clothes and running around nude." They actually had to state this? Ha ha

moneythoughts said...

Compare and contrast? Someone went to college a few years ago.

Guest must keep their clothes on, non-guests can dress any way they want. : )

VP said...

Some rules may be funny but I have seen even recently people behaving in churches like at a carnival, dressed worse than bums.
This reminds me of people almost rushing to see La Gioconda at the Louvre, without acknowledging paintings of Caravaggio, Leonardo and Raffaello in the Grand Galerie.

Beth Niquette said...

PS Very creative reflection!

Beth Niquette said...

Talk about big brother! You can't cross your legs or put your hands in your pockets? EGAD. And no pants? Hmmmm...does this apply to men or to women? Perhaps they should be a bit more specific. lol

Leif Hagen said...

Wow - tough rules! Dina, as the CDP blogger, I think you should be rule exempt! Tell him I told you so!

Kay said...

Ummmmm.... you're kidding?

No crossing the legs? Sheesh!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

And I love your humour too!

Very interesting pictures and post. :)

Nature's Gifts

Kcalpesh said...

Nice captures! The reflection capture looks really cool!!

Pixellicious Photos

Nefertiti said...

original,il fallait y pensee ;O)

JM said...

So you were caught?! :-) It happened to me a couple of times too, including a visit to a synagogue in Prague (I forgot the flash was on and took a shot... can you imagine?!).

Suzanne said...

This is a great post as well as reflection. My friend Fr. Emmanuel of the Armenian Patriarchate tried to explain the rules, but..... Vespers are nice.