An Orthodox priest filling the oil lamps above the tomb at the Holy Sepulchre.
A brave Benedictine nun positioned a ladder on the stairs leading down
to the crypt and climbed up to extinguish the candle at one of the
stations of the cross.
At the Abbey of St. Mary of the Resurrection, Abu Ghosh.
A brave nun friend on chapel-cleaning day.
Chapel at the tomb of St. Elisabeth.
Why am I posting pictures of monastics on tall ladders?
Because today is the Sunday of John of the Ladder!
St. John Climacus wrote the guide for his fellow monks, The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
He lived not far from here, at Santa Katarina monastery in Sinai and in desert caves in the 7th century.
I have been learning about him at Sr. Dr. Vassa's short video.
In it Sr. Vassa also talks about how you don't have to be a monastic to get into the habit of doing a little bit of spiritual reading, lectio divina, every day, just for a few minutes.
The 12th C icon for The Ladder of Divine Ascent, this one from St. Catherine's Monastery.
You can sample some sections of the book here.
Or an outline of the steps of the ladder.
More about St. John Climacus.
An easy walk-through of the icon is at this nice icons blog.
Also at Wikipedia.
But the most fun way is to see the Coffee with Sr. Vassa episode. Only ten minutes.