Friday, April 10, 2009

Lenten cross


In our neighborhood, the residents at one house have planted a wooden cross in their front yard. Every year, during Lent, they drape the cross with a purple cloth. I'm thinking that a clergy person and family live there, but do not know for certain.

19 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Hmmm, interesting. The photo treatment gives it a kind of ghostly quality.

magicpolaroid said...

yes I think it too!

Mystical said...

Now that's weird! Perhaps is their way to prepare for Easter. I live in a very Christian country but this is the first time I see something like this! nice shot!

B Squared said...

A nice touch whomever lives there.

Hilda said...

I guess it's their own little way of reminding people why we celebrate Easter. Can't have one without the other, after all.

JM said...

I've never seen a private house with such an 'installation'...

Marie said...

They might be catholic. At my church they changed the piece of cloth according to the celebrations (white, green....) but I have never seen a purple one.....

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful photo.

slim said...

Timely post and I like the soft focus. In the Catholic tradition the colors represent the various liturgical seasons - purple is for the present season of Lent. Today, Good Friday, that cross might be draped in black (symbol of death) for the day Christ died. Easter Sunday is the high holy day and the celebratory white color would be displayed. These colors are commonly displayed in both Catholic and Protestant churches in the Boston area. I have only seen a few residential displays.

Jarart said...

Nice post for today!

Lois said...

The cross at my church is draped in purple today too. This is a nice Good Friday post.

Vogon Poet said...

Very soft tones for a beautiful image, many interesting comments to an unusual post.

Walker said...

Great capture.

magiceye said...

very evocative
lovely capture

Bob Poris said...

Did he leave His coat while taking a break? If I were HE, I wouldn’t come back

amatamari said...

I have never seen
such a thing...

...but the picture is very beautiful!!!

:-)

Ram N said...

Nice shot Jacob. Two observations : 1) you're probably right about the neighbours 2) Surprises that in many countries the neighbours don't interact with each other or don't know each other. Its rather surprising for someone like me who comes from a country where most of them know about their neighbourhood well .... (inquisitive guys nah .. the indians!)
Ram (chennaidailyfoto.wordpress.com)

Jacob said...

@ Ram N. - I'd say that in our neighborhood, we know the immediate neighbors fairly well, although do not socialize much. When you get three or four houses away, we know people to greet them and chitchat but not much more than that. At one half a mile we hardly know anybody.

Marie-Noyale said...

I've never seen that in a private house!You are probably right about the owners.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson