Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sprucing up for the holidays

A friend and I walked down to the Kidron Valley and up to the Mount of Olives this morning.
One stop was the Russian Orthodox Convent and Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
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.
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.
A Russian Orthodox nun was carefully re-painting a tiny white spot where the paint had chipped off the wall.
Such devotion to details and to cleanliness.


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!