The Carthusian motto came to mind as soon as I approached this cross which appears to be on the highest peak behind the church. Stat crux dum volvitur orbis or The Cross is Steady While the World Turns.
Looking east at sunrise. It was not a far walk to the top but very steep. Took my time to be sure.
The bell tower of the church from above.
A close up of the bell tower and the sundial. It appears accurate around 6 AM.
The retaining wall along the steps leading from the rectory to the church. The wall is at least ten feet tall at the foot of the steps. Flowers are growing out of the crevices the entire height and length.
A stained glass window of Esther with the play of light on a kind of altar to the Sacred Heart. The light drew me as soon as I saw it.
The tabernacle on the altar.
The celebrant and concelebrant chairs. Concelebrated a tri-lingual Mass this AM. None of the languages was English but I managed to give the concelebrant's prayer in Slovenian.
From the sanctuary looking toward the entrance on the left. First of the many pilgrims/tourists who came up when the gondola opened at 9 AM.
The Latin inscription reads: In this place the mother of Christ stood.
An intriguing arrangement.
Posted this in both color and black and white. Shooting through the window grates into the church. Everything was a little high so I had to use the articulating screen on the back of the camera rather than the viewfinder. Very pleased with the result.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD