Friday, June 10, 2011

A foretaste of Pentecost

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In the dim recesses of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a priest and his reflection.

Enlarge the photo and you will even see the light reflected in his eyeglasses as well.
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What almost looks like a flame above his head reminds us that this Sunday is Pentecost for some Christians.
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The Book of Acts says that the Apostles were gathered together in one place [the Upper Room] when suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rushing wind, filling the entire house where they were sitting.
Then tongues of fire appeared and one sat upon each one of Apostles!
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as directed by the Spirit.

The glass in which the priest was reflected shields a mosaic above the glittery bench.
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The large mosaic of the Crucifixion was made in 1970.
It is next to the arched door of the Armenians' sacristy.
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I hope James and the growing group at Weekend Reflections enjoy this dim reflection of inner brightness.
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27 comments:

Suzanne said...

I believe that is Fr. Sam of the Armenian Patriarchate. I love the flame balanced on his head. Lovely post Dina. Happy Shavuot to you.

Leif Hagen said...

This is a great, holy posting! I feel like I'm having a religious experience just looking at it!
Happy weekend, Dina!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

"...dim reflection of inner brightness." I love those words. And the first photo is especially wonderful; it could almost be a chiaroscuro painting.

LauraX said...

beautiful reflections Dina.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice photo! Thanks for the information also, it was very interesting.

Ms. Becky said...

yes, a great holy posting. I like the darkness and the glow of the two lamps. this is a wonderful, creative photo Dina. I like it very much for the atmosphere. nicely done. have a great weekend.

James said...

These are great and very interesting. The top one is my favorite and I like the mood that's set by the low light.

'Tsuki said...

Very intimate. Is that normal I feel the urge to pray, now ?

Lucy Corrander said...

Beautiful place. Wonderful sense of atmosphere from the photos.

Lucy

Malyss said...

The light is making a beautyful and serene mood; And my eyes caught the beautyful benches too!:) have a peaceful week-end!

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautifully done, Dina.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Irina said...

Wonderful. The first photo is amazing. Extra pleasure is to translate and to recognize the words.

crystal said...

Great photo!

Dianne said...

Beautiful reflections especially on the enlarge.
"Adelaide and Beyond"

ρομπερτ said...

Close to poetry.


Please have a good weekend.

Al said...

That definitely looks like a sacred area - great photos.

jeannette said...

Love the reflections in your fist pic, Dina!

VP said...

Maybe I'll post a Holy Bench after all...

Pietro said...

So precious and fascinating, Dina.

Birdman said...

That looks to be a beautiful mosaic.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

These photos also reflect the mystery of Pentecost. Tongues of fire? A flame above each head? Who can understand such things?

Reader Wil said...

This photo looks like a painting by Rembrandt! It's very mysterious too. Pentecost, which we call Pinksteren, is one of the most difficult feasts in Christianity. Still I expect a great church service tomorrow, for it's the birthday of our religion.Thanks Dina for your post. I saw the lights reflected in the glasses of the priest.

JM said...

The photo on top is fantastic! So myterious, what an amazing light.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Beautiful, moving post. Perfect lighting on the first photo. On Pentacost Sunday in Rome, at the end of mass rose petals rain down from the Pantheon's oculus.

spacedlaw said...

Great light!

Tom said...

lovely post Dina

Bill Nicholls said...

The place looks very dark to look round