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.