Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Armenians at prayer

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For ABC Wednesday, A is for Armenian arches


and Armenian priests and monks at prayer in their beautiful chapel in the upstairs level of the Holy Sepulchre.


Their chapel is up these stairs, but I think not many outsiders are allowed to ascend.
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(Linking also to inSPIREd Sunday.)
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16 comments:

William Kendall said...

Beautiful- this part of the Holy Sepulchre seems quite light.

Dina said...

Good point, William. It was an Armenian feast day, so I think they turned on all their lights to brighten things up.

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Gosia k said...

interesting and so spacious

Hels said...

Going into the Armenian chapel looks lovely. But you are quite right... I have never been into this part of Holy Sepulchre.

lotusleaf said...

Very grand!

Gerard Michaud said...

Very beautiful and peaceful.

Trubes said...

Hello Dina,
What a beautiful part of the church but such a pity it is
not shared more with ordinary people.
I though being part of a religious order was to set an example of say,
sharing with your fellow man...Just a thought !

best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Dina said...

Trubes/Di, shalom, I'm not sure what the rules are. I think the whole upper level of the rotunda are not open to the throngs of tourists. Maybe for security reasons? However, when I saw the Armenian Orthodox clergy hurrying upstairs for their prayer, I ran after them and asked permission to come too. They agreed, even though I obviously was not any kind of Orthodox Christian (and not a Christian at all), since I was wearing pants and no head covering. It was only me and the men you see in the photo up there. So they DID share.

Roger Owen Green said...

100th anniversary of the genocide v the Armenians. Sad.

ROG, ABCW

Gunn said...

Looks very pretty.

VP said...

The atmosphere is always a so mysterious...

Petrea Burchard said...

How lovely that they allowed you to come, AND to take pictures! This is a rare treat. Thank you, Dina.

Tom said...

I should study so that I knew more about the Armenians. Tom The Backroads Traveller

bettyl-NZ said...

Reading the other comments, I have to say that prayer is a private thing to me, so I wouldn't want any intrusions--especially, if they didn't want to join me. That said, this is a beautiful place for worship.

Kay said...

This is such a beautiful, ancient church.