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.
I think it is the Father Abbot supervising a tree pruning.
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.
(Linking to inSPIRED Sunday and ABC Wednesday.)