Since everyone seems to be enjoying the pictures from the Benedictine monastery in Abu Ghosh (a village near Jerusalem), I'll show you some more.
The walls and pillars of the Crusader church still have parts of frescoes from the 12th or 13th century.
The frescos were done by Greek Orthodox artists in Byzantine style.
See a fresco up close here. At some point in the conquerings of the land, the faces were de-faced and that is how they were left.
The remains of the Crusader Resurrection Church were restored by the French government and handed over to the Benedictine Order in the 19th century, and since then our present Benedictines have made lots of improvements too.
Here you see the lectern for the readings.
The monks sit on one side and the nuns on the other, and together they sing heavenly music.
Click and see a marvelous 360-degree photo of the church!
It's the modern version of "choir stalls."
Benches but with nice individual seats, and next to each seat, a box for prayer books and music.
After Mass, candles at the altar must be coaxed back into shape.
Candle care, singing, gardening--it's all part of a nun's work.