In the land of Black Jerusalem

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have […]

A Russian Christmas Eve somewhat different

We are in January, the 6th, on Christmas Eve for the Russian Orthodox remained true to the Julian calendar. In 2012, the celebration is of a somewhat different tenor from the previous years. The Arab spring has resonated in the Russian land. The Moscow Patriarchate has gone out of its way to warn the Russian […]

The Muslim and Christian Pilgrimage of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

Every year in summer, a small Breton village becomes the center of a confidential but often unnoticed gathering. On this 21st of July 2012, Christian and Muslim pilgrims go to the hamlet of the Seven Saints/town of Vieux-Marche to celebrate the cult of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. Ephesus is an ancient Greek city in […]