after the top of the feast . . . . ., after the night-service
I was confrontated with the dilemma,
that our own orthodox church at the Springweg in Utrecht,
has such an awful fresque of God the father,
spreading his arms [hands] over the whole room of our church.
I see it every service, and some time ago
during painting the windows above the altar,
[because the sun-light was to heavy and took all attention],
I had the thought to put some hydrochloric liquid over it,
to blanch this heretic picture away.
But I am a guest in this parish, a Dutchman between a lot of ‘deep-believing Greeks’,
and the bishop himself agreed with this picture, so I trembled and let it as it was.
But back to last Pascha:
A young man asked me after the Pascha-service:
“Is this a real orthodox church?”
“Why is that picture over the altar?”
In spite of my empty stomach, I felt some pain overthere,
and I became . . . more hot . . . , than before,
[the Greek like mostly about 22ₒ C. in church]
understanding how I was feeling myself.
I stumbled something like “the Old fathers, etc. . . . . .
and promised him to give an explanation,
which I give next pdf:
Orthodoxy & God the Father and dove Icons