Day of St. James

Today we celebrate St. James the apostle. He was the son of St. Joseph, from his marriage long before he became the “step father” of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. James is at times called  “the brother of Jesus Christ”.  St. Joseph was a widower when being picked to be the protector of our most holy Maria Theotokos.

Here is a beautiful icon of him, from the hands of the sisters in Etna:


I love to look at the icons! Many aspects of it!… but also a little bit like looking into a family album! One recognizes family traits! I rejoice when seeing this! It is not only attributes that makes us recognize the person. For example here it is so obvious that this is the son of St. Joseph! Look at his hair for example!


In our little Chapel St. Joseph we now have had some problems with leakage from the ceiling… The carpets had to be hanging to dry…


Probably the leakage came from around the lantern.


It is always hard to seal around a roof window…  My husband has raised the ladder and several days in a row climbed up and done some mending… It finally seems sealed again. Hopefully the problem now is solved.


Fall is here for sure. It has been a few snowfalls, but all snow has melted away. The winter has not arrived, but it is for sure coming….  On this picture it is obvious how all leaves has fallen. The trees are naked.

This is the view that often meets me when I come out from the chapel: Our sheep guardian Kalle waiting for me to have a little “conversation” .


Also on the thickness of his fur it is clear that the temperature is sinking… his fur is getting thicker to stand the cold winter temperature that soon will be here.

We have finally had time to come further also with some other details in the chapel, for example painting the “analogion”, the choirstand. Here the volunteer Miryam from France is painting with egg oil tempera. Last Saturday we had a full worksshop day on that topic.





Now it will be drying for a few days before being glazed:


It is far too cold in the chapel for the paint to dry and oxidate, so the analogion is standing in the lunchroom and small lecture room for a few days. And since I have no analogion to put papers and prayer books on I have been keeping everything in the corner by the drying carpets the latter few days:







2 responses to “Day of St. James

  1. Britt-Marie Torstensson

    Prövningar vi möta få tänker jag på hela din situation o just nu för människorna här som lever ett inskränkt liv i Betlehem o Hebron. Hälsningar o välsignelser från Jerusalem dit vi kom ikväll. Britt Marie

  2. Jutta-Barbara Nedelsky

    So good to receive a new post about the Chapel St. Joseph! So good to see old and new friends (including Kalle) in the photos. Not so good that there was some leakage from the lantern. I hope that now it will be fixed for good. – I liked your thoughts about the family similarity that can be seen in the icons of St. Joseph and St. James!

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