Meanwhile, back in the Jerusalem Hills for a weekend visit, I discovered a new painting had been added to the church at St. John of the Desert Franciscan convent.*
The protective shield made it hard to get a good shot; on the other hand, it was good for Weekend Reflections.
Apparently it was necessary because pilgrims would kiss the icon and leave lipstick marks (or so I was told).
I guess the resident hermit monk who painted it thought that the only red St. Francis needed on him was his stigmata on hands and side.
The older painting it replaced was quite unusual in that it showed John the Baptist holding a scroll written in Hebrew ("Behold the Lamb of God . . . ").
You don't see much Hebrew on church walls.
*Franciscans in Israel use the word convent not necessarily to refer to a women's religious community, but rather to differentiate it from a monastery.
Monks or nuns in a monastery live a more secluded life, while those in a convent [think "convention"] are more apostolic and can work outside the walls.
(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)