Friday, January 23, 2009
Mount Athos Documentary
This video (part of 5) brought back memories of 2005. My photos of that excursus occasionally appear at the left. We have yet to return and visit the Northern side of the mountain. It truly is a sacred place while also being very human. One part of the video shows some monks lining up to venerate an icon and then be blessed with oil from the lamp that burns before it. Each monk kisses the hand of the priest blessing them. Where did I see that before? In the Extraordinary Form or usus antiquor of the Mass. If you're male and get the opportunity to go, then go. Clergy need special papers and permissions but there are no serious blocks. Go in Autumn though, the Greek summer is hot.