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“Holy Image, Hallowed Ground” exhibition

“Saint Peter the Apostle”, an encaustic on panel from the year 5005 is part of an art exhibit at the J. PaulGetty Musuem in Los Angeles called, “Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons From Sinai. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
James Mahlke, a reader from St. Hermen Orthodox Church in Oxnard, kisses the hand of Father Justin Sinaites, 57, a greek orthodox monk from St. Catherine’s Monestary in Sinai, Egypt. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Sinaites, right, and Father Dorian Llywelyn, an Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, participate in a conference titled, “The Spirituality of the Icon” at Loyola Marymount University. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Father Sinaites blesses Deborah Pavelek, a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)
Father Sinaites stands in front of a panel from “Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons From Sinai.” (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Father Sinaites, right, speaks with visitors to the Getty. So far, more than 171,000 people have toured the “Holy Image, Hallowed Ground” exhibition. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Because Father Sinaites speaks English and knows the Getty exhibition’s 43 icons, six manuscripts and four liturgical objects intimately, he was tapped to monitor their care on a rare trip outside their desert home, 8,000 miles away. (Mel Melcon / LAT)