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View from Saint Anne’s

The view from the rock promontory at the Chapel of Saint Anne.

Reflecting Pool

Ὅτι ἐρράγη ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ ὕδωρ καὶ φάραγξ ἐν γῇ διψώσῃ.

For water hath broken out in the desert, and a watercourse in a thirsty land. (Isaiah 35:6)

Some years ago, a small dam was constructed in the garden below the Chapel of Saint Anne, to catch the rainwater so that it would replenish the well. This spring, we had so much rain that the waters backed up behind the dam to form a reflecting pool.

Filled with Light

Νῦν πάντα πεπλήρωται φωτός, οὐρανός τε καὶ γῆ, καὶ τὰ καταχθόνια.

Now are all things filled with light; heaven and earth, and the nethermost regions of the earth.

Sunset with Clouds

Sunset with a light cloud cover from the Church of Saint Panteleimon.

Holy Pascha 2022

Εἰ γὰρ σύμφυτοι γεγόναμεν τῷ ὁμοιώματι τοῦ θανάτου αὐτοῦ ἀλλὰ καὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως ἐσόμεθα·

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:5)

Καθάπερ γὰρ τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ ταφὲν ἐν τῇ γῇ, καρπὸν τῆς οἰκουμένης τὴν σωτηρίαν ἤνεγκεν, οὕτω καὶ τὸ ἡμέτερον ταφὲν ἐν τῷ βαπτίσματι, καρπὸν ἤνηγκε τὴν δικαιοσύνην, τὸν ἁγιασμόν, τὴν υἱοθεσίαν, τὰ μυρία ἀγαθά, οἴσει δὲ καὶ τὸ τῆς ἀναστάσεως ὕστερον δῶρον.

For as His Body, by being buried in the earth, brought forth as the fruit of it the salvation of the world; thus ours also, being buried in baptism, bore as fruit righteousness, sanctification, adoption, countless blessings. And it will bear also hereafter the gift of the resurrection.

Saint John Chrysostom, Commentary on Romans

Saint Gregory of Sinai

The twisted almond tree with the Chapel of Saint Gregory of Sinai in the early morning sunlight.

Twisted Almond Tree

I was able to spend the first three days of the fast at the Chapel of Saint Panteleimon. The twisted almond tree at the Chapel of Saint Gregory of Sinai was in full bloom.

Almond Blossoms 4

The almond trees are all the more beautiful because they are in such contrast to the surrounding granite mountains.

Almond Blossoms 3

The almond trees bloom during the first warm days, heralds of spring.

Saint John Climacus

Today, the Sunday of Saint John Climacus, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the little chapel below the cave of the saint. Afterwards, we climbed up to the cave and lit candles. The day was already hot outside, but inside the cave, it was cool and refreshing.