Monday, July 30, 2012

Holy work (on a ladder)

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Holy work!
Today for the first time I saw how they fill the oil lamps on the edicule, above the entrance to the tomb of Jesus.

You see the monk's assistant holding up a little "tool kit," containing tweezers for the wicks (I would assume).

After his work on the tall ladder in the dimness inside the Holy Sepulchre, the Greek priest stepped out into the bright sunlight of the church's parvis and happily posed with many members of a tourist group.
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(A contribution to Our World Tuesday and Taphophile Tragics.)
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19 comments:

Gary said...

What a great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A most unusual sight to see!

Karl Demetz said...

Great and interesting post, Dina, thank you for sharing this!

eileeninmd said...

Great post, I guess work has to be done everywhere and by everyone. Thanks for sharing.

Emille said...

A humurous title, Dina! The monk on the ground looks much shorter than on the ladder:)

VioletSky said...

It looks a little dangerous!

Dianne said...

An important job accomplished .... I guess there are many such jobs that happen every day without us ever being aware of it.

Scrappy Grams said...

With the way I experience vertigo, I wouldn't be able to do that job!

cieldequimper said...

The details are so beautiful. Not work I would mind doing myself but I'm not holy (enough!) :-)

Dina said...

Ciel, decide about yourself after you see this video from the same spot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcMBjiILTRk&feature=fvwrel

Inside Cambodia said...

Wow, amazing details on above the entrance arch. I have this childhood dream of visiting Jerusalem one day. This scene is common here but on the reverse, usually it is the assistant climbing the ladder and the priest giving instructions from below.

Nicola Carpenter said...

I wouldn't like to have that job. I have a thing about heights. Great pictures.

Beneath Thy Feet

luluberoo said...

How nice he is a sport about having his picture taken!

VP said...

May I find this very funny?

Julie said...

Very much in keeping with the old traditions, I suppos e, Dina. Not only dangerous work,but Isuspectthe burning wick might also be a little smelly.

I wonder if the priests have to actually 'pay' to work in such a holy place.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I love it when I get to see for myself the answer to a question that I had been wondering about (like how those oil lamps were filled). Your question was answered, you shared the secret and at the same time, you treated us to beautiful photographs of ancient structures.

cieldequimper said...

Scary video...

Rambling Round said...

Neat! So glad you got to see this and share it.

Kay said...

That looks like a lot of work. Beautiful though. Looks like the priest is a very good sport.