Saturday, April 05, 2008

Picture quiz time!



1) What event from the Gospels is depicted here?

2) Why does everyone look so darn grumpy about it?

I took the picture yesterday at St. Andrew's Abbey in Antelope Valley, California, a great place to visit in spite of strange 1970's art. It's nestled under some hills in the desert near Palmdale and Lancaster. There are about 23 Benedictines there, along with a retreat center, a big ol' bookstore I could just live in, funky ceramics, a Stations of the Cross that really makes you climb to get to the 12th station, and a nice big dining room where the monks share their vegetarian lunch with all comers. They served the first course themselves to us and the other guests. I felt sort of humble as a gray-haired monk in his black hooded habit set a bowl of soup in front of me-- "Shouldn't I be serving you?"

3 comments:

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Is that meant to be Christ's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday? A joyful event.

Eanah said...

That's my guess too.

As to why they are all so grumpy? They're all weirded out by the donkey's HUGE eyes, and are wondering if it's actually an extraterrestrial donkey sent as an advance scout for a possible invasion. That'd upset anyone.

Rachel Gray said...

You both called it! The extraterrestrial donkey is the most human-looking creature in the scene...