Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monastery of St. Gerasimus

 H is for heresy, hesychasm, and hermit.
Today is the feast day of St. Gerasimus.

Since my visit to the old old monastery of Gerasimus near Jericho two years ago I have posted much about the beautiful Greek Orthodox  place in the desert.
In honor of his feast day, here are some more photos.

Saint Gerasimus and the animals.

The church.

I think it is the Father Abbot supervising a tree pruning.

 The mosaic workshop.

Another of the many desert hermit monks who practiced the hesychastic asceticism.

A repaired crack in the church wall, result of an earthquake.
The Jordan Valley is part of the Great Rift Valley, prone to quakes. 

Skulls and bones of monks down through the ages.

A modern cafe-oasis for thirsty pilgrims and tourists who like to visit this monastery.

The surrounding desert.
(Linking to inSPIRED Sunday and  ABC Wednesday.)


Leslie: said...

Beautiful photos!

abcw team

Cloudia said...

Quite magical to visit this place, Dina. Thank You

ALOHA from Honolulu
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photowannabe said...

Wonderful photos.
The last picture looks so Hot and dry.
The monastery is a real oasis.

ellen b said...

Very interesting.

William Kendall said...

Marvelous shots. You make me want to see the monastery for myself.

The skulls and bones are a bit morbid, but that seems typical of the notion of relics in churches.

Sara said...

A wonderful post, thank you Dina. I also appreciated your link to your prior posts and just browsed those as well. The Caravaggio in your Mary post is stunning; I don't remember seeing that before.

Shoshana said...

Those are beautiful. My daughter loved her summer in Israel last year.

Kay said...

That is truly an incredible place. It breathes history.

cieldequimper said...

Timeless and therefore so important.

Adullamite said...

Alas I never got to Jericho! The pics are super, and the desert I saw from afar. Good stuff.

Roger Owen Green said...

The mosaic is particularly interesting.
ROG, ABC Wednesday

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your interesting comments.

Shoshana, shalom and welcome. Glad your daughter enjoyed being in Israel.

Adullamite, I am not allowed into Jericho any more because the area is under Palestinian Authority administration.

Roger, the monastery's workshop makes large and small mosaics to order. Business is good.

Hels said...

Since the monastery is in the desert, it is only right and proper that the cafe-oasis be relaxing and attractive. If I was a pilgrim, I would want to end my visit there, amongst the trees.

Dina said...

Hels, I tried unsuccessfully to capture the digital sign on the cafe. It showed the current sizzling temperature outside.

Reader Wil said...

I like Greek Orthodox churches because of the beautiful decorations and mosaic pieces of art. Your photos are very special.

Thanks for your comment! It reminds me of "Anatevka".
Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?

I don't remember growing older
When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn't it yesterday
When they were small?

Yes when did this happen. Time flies and before we know our grandchildren are parents themselves!

Dina said...

Hi Wil. You and I were lucky to just happen to find that open door to the little Greek Orthodox monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Yes, you are right. I saw Fiddler on the Roof again on TV last week and the song is still in my head.

VP said...

These places have very strange things around...

Anonymous said...

love your pic of the monk(?) working on the mosaic - very intricate! Too bad that the earthquake caused a tear in the artwork. Thanks for taking us on this visit to the monastery!

crystal said...

Great photos. Interesting to see how the mosaics are made. I've never yet visited an Orthodox church.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

As always, you are a great tour guide and the next best thing to being there!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty piece of history.

Peter said...

Simply fabulous!

The Greenockian said...

Looks like an amazing place.

Bill Nicholls said...

Looks quiet a church to visit will all taht to see

Tom said...

...history abounds, thanks for sharing.

ellen b said...

So interesting. I was thinking as I scrolled down that it would be interesting to create a mosaic as cool as the one being created.

bettyl-NZ said...

I like this interesting church. It looks like one of those places where you can spend hours looking around and taking photos.

Graciel·la Vidal said...

Very interesting report; the art of mosaic, especially.