Jesus is missing!

25th December 2011
A couple of days ago while thinking about what picture to put up for Christmas day, I thought it should be appropriate for the day, so decided to photograph the crib at Ballintubber Abbey. Now the abbey has been a place of worship since the twelfth century. In the grounds of the abbey there is a small cave that contains a permanent crib ( not just for Christmas)
I set up the camera and took a few test shots to establish the correct exposure ,12seconds @f8, when a mother came to visit the crib with her young daughter.
Suddenly one said to the other "where is Jesus? Oh he's missing "
"Crumbs" , I thought, "Jesus is missing, and I didn't even notice!"
For a few minutes I was not sure what to do . Then I decided I would just have to go and find him! So I packed up my stuff and went into the Abbey, where I met Mary , Yes Mary! , who was sweeping the floor. Now I have met Mary a couple of times, when I have been photographing the abbey and she had been very helpful, when she saw me she greeted me with a friendly smile and asked was I back to take more photos, so I explained what I was doing and Mary said "Thats grand, go ahead"
"But I have a problem Mary" I said " Jesus is missing"
"Oh yes" said Mary smiling "I saw him in the sacristy, I'll get him and put him back for you"
So I went back to the cave and sure enough after a few minutes Mary came and placed the baby Jesus in the crib, and yes I did feel great joy , and ,that I had played a staring role in a modern parable!



Photo comment By George O' Malley: Eamonn you made my day your too funny and really I think it could only happen in Ireland. Got a gift of a new toy for Christmas an Olympus Pen mini E-PM1 still in box but looks quite fancy very best wishes for 2012 George

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