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Father Gerassimos


Clinging to the side of the Mount of the Temptation is the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation or "Deir al-Qarantal" in Arabic. 


The monastery has just one permanent resident, Father Gerassimos, an 84-year-old Greek-Orthodox monk who’s been living here for the past 30 years. Father Gerassimos’ daily routine is balanced between isolation and openness to the outside world: He wakes up at 6 a.m., attends mass in the monastery’s church before hosting the many visitors who come every day. The place closes at 5 p.m. Only then does Father Gerassimos resume his isolated life, just next to one of the caves inside the monastery once inhabited by Byzantine hermits.


Throughout the year other monks reside with him for brief periods of time.



comments (12)

  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Apr 2016, 07:37
a fine portrait of this old, wise man! A fine characterisation of him.
Louis: He is old and friendly as well, Philine. I had a little conversation with him.
This looks like an ancient picture. Well done.
Louis: Thank you Mary.
He must be a very devout man indeed Louis to devote his life to the church in that way.
Louis: I believe he is very devout, Brian.
A very nice timeless portrait of this monk Louis!
Louis: Thank you Richard, the setting helps with that.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2016, 17:57
He obviously lives a very simple life, Louis
Louis: Simple and dedicated, Lisl. I envy him that simplicity, to an extent.
And after him...?
Louis: The thought crossed my mind, but I didn't ask him. The empty monks' cells drew my attention when we walked through that part of the monastery.
Look at those hands--they are eloquent...
Louis: ... and also very big, Larry.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Apr 2016, 01:35
Louis: Thanks Ray
a very nice shot of Father Gerassimos. nicely rendered.
Louis: Thank you Ayush
I like your info too... A timeless image.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn
He has a wise face and one that also has compassion
Louis: True - a most interesting man, despite his simple life.
What a terrific portrait, Louis!
Louis: Thanks. He has the looks for a good character shot.

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