Sunday, May 19, 2013

Is that a flame on her head??


I sometimes  hear about weeping icons and myrrh-gushing icons and miracle-working icons, but . . .  well . . .

But what happens when on the feast of Pentecost  you are all alone in an old chapel built by the Crusaders,  looking at an icon,  and you actually see a "flame" above the woman's head??

Enlarge the photo, you will see it too!

The Book of Acts says that the Apostles [on the very first Pentecost] 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.

"Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them."
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as directed by the Spirit.
You can see the flames as depicted in classical artwork at

My other posts about Pentecost in Jerusalem are here.
 Here's how the icon appears normally.

And as grateful as I am for the "miracle" I was treated to,   I must add that this photo is for Weekend Reflections.    Yes, reflections.

Happy Pentecost to all the Catholics and Protestants who celebrate it today!
Shalom from Jerusalem, where it all started.
(Linking to inSPIREd Sunday.)


Spiderdama said...

Jepp, where it all startet..
Must have been very special to see that light.. beautiful picture!
I'm glad I visited that Upper room last time in Jerusalem.

Petrea Burchard said...

A chapel built by the Crusaders. The fact that you can stand there, hundreds of years later, is mind-boggling to me. Not that the Crusades were the greatest, mind you, but it's wonderful nonetheless.

Dr M said...

An AWESOMELY wonderful choice....Thanks for a great picture!

Adullamite said...

Clever photo!

RuneE said...

There is a well-known expression: "It is all done with mirrors" ... :-)

VP said...

I am not sure to remember what Pentecost is about...

JM said...

Fantastic reflection shot. Well spotted, Dina!

James said...

I love it! I'm a Christian but I don't celebrate Pentecost Day. However it's wonderful to see this reflection and to think about the history of this place.

Suzanne said...

Oh WOW. Amazing miracle Dina. It's beautiful, yes in Jerusalem where it all started in that upper room.

Bill Nicholls said...

All have reasons for things happening, thefire looks like a reflection of the nearby light