Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sacristan duties on a ladder

A brave Benedictine nun positioned a ladder on the stairs leading down to the crypt and climbed up to extinguish the candle at one of the stations of the cross.
This was after the Epiphany Mass last Thursday.
I think you have to be surefooted as a mountain goat to take care of the tall 12th C. Crusader church.
The church and the Abbey of St. Mary of the Resurrection are behind the tall trees.
I imagine the nuns and monks hear quite well the muezzin's call to prayer five times a day, as the minaret is just to the left of their compound.
Abu Ghosh is a Muslim Israeli Arab town west of Jerusalem.
Its restaurants are always full of Israeli Jews who appreciate their Middle Eastern food.


Reader Wil said...

I have a fear of heights and seeing this monk on the ladder placed on a staircase makes me feel dizzy. You were also brave to take this photo!

Sara said...

That first photo looks like a painting...a wonderful painting.

Rob and Mandy said...

Flimsy looking ladder, Sister!
Spent many good and yummy hours in Abu Gosh as well

cieldequimper said...

That first shot is an absolute gem.

Jew Wishes said...

What a great capture of the nun. Her dedication is definitely strong.

VP said...

What a brave nun, I think she felt protected in her mission.
I have never been in Abu Gosh, maybe it was the sound of the name, and it seems that I missed something...

Bergson said...

dangerous for old lady

Dina said...

Wil, really. I could hardly believe my eyes.
If I was brave to take the picture, maybe, but I just could not resist. And you notice I took it stealthily, with no flash.

Sara, thanks. I think anything in that church looks like a painting, like from the Middle Ages.

Rob and Mandy, the restaurant of the Abu Ghosh family where we ate on Thursday won the Guinness Record in 2010 for making the biggest plate of hummus. I think they used a satellite dish.

Ciel, as you know, all nun shots are gems. :)

Jew Wishes, yes, they are fearless.

VP, well, the town is only famous for the two churches and for being the Hummus Capital of Israel.

Bergson, wait a minute -- she was a YOUNG lady! But it was still dangerous, IMHO.

Leif Hagen said...

I just hope someone was holding the ladder for her! Yikes!

Rio said...

just wanted to say that the image of the nun is brilliant. endearing and makes my heart happy with what is tomany such a simplistic act.
bravo to you photographer.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but the first picture did 'bleach' me mind - like a prayer.

Please have you all a wonderful Thursday.

daily athens

Kay said...

Gosh! That photo of the nun looks like another Vermeer painting. Very artistic, Dina.

spacedlaw said...

I get dizzy just looking at her. I love the lighting on that picture.