Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sprucing up for the holidays

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A friend and I walked down to the Kidron Valley and up to the Mount of Olives this morning.
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One stop was the Russian Orthodox Convent and Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
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On the rails and benches outside the church, rugs were hanging, just waiting for a good beating.
And an airing-out.
A mop stood at attention.
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And I thought only we Jews were frantically trying to get the houses and yards clean before Pesach. It looks like Christians too are busy with pre-Holy Week spring cleaning.
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A Russian Orthodox nun was carefully re-painting a tiny white spot where the paint had chipped off the wall.
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Such devotion to details and to cleanliness.
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11 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

What a magnificent church with its golden onion domes! Great to catch up on your blog this morning.

Rob and Mandy said...

Love the mop!

Kay said...

Beautiful photos and a reminder that I need to clean the house a bit. I am seeing dust.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful chuch with so many beautiful details.
I do not like to mop, hehe

VP said...

I always like those onion domes of gold!

Kate said...

Oh, those wonderful golden onion domes!

Hels said...

Happy holiday season to Jews and Christians next week. Hope it is a peaceful, reflective time.

Pietro said...

Fabulous church, what a great atmosphere there!

katney said...

I remember that church. It was my first introduction to the Russian onion shaped domes when I was in Jersualem as a student many years ago. Of course, we saw many of them when we visited Russia in 1998.

katney said...

Oh, and I spent part of the morning getting the church ready for Holy Week.

spacedlaw said...

That Orthodox church is very grand!