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Polished Lamps

All the lamps and candle stands are being polished for the feast of Saint Catherine, this coming Sunday.

Pigeons on the Bell Tower

Pigeons on the bell tower at sunrise.

Midnight Office

The icon of Christ at the beginning of the Midnight Office.

Cross Over the Chapel

The cross over the Chapel of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sinai and Raithou, in the early morning light.

The Porch Behind the Burning Bush

The porch behind the Burning Bush in late afternoon.

Copper Gold

The last rays of the sun turn the granite mountains a copper gold.

Chapel of the Five Martyrs

The chapel of the Five Martyrs of Greater Armenia, Saints Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugenius, Mardarius, and Orestes, whose memory is celebrated on December 13.

Storage Jars

Large ceramic storage jars in the courtyard outside the prosphora bakery.

In the Life of Saint Gregory of Sinai (1260s – 1346), we read that he worked in the kitchen and bakery for over three years. The ancient kitchen is still there, below the present kitchen and bakery.

Special Loaf

In monasteries, at the end of meals on feast days, there is a special service in which a loaf is blessed and distributed to those present. At Sinai, these loaves are stamped with a seal depicting the Virgin Mary of the Burning Bush, the Prophet Moses, and Saint Catherine.

Wall at Midday

In the middle of the day, the sun’s rays cast a raking light across the wall outside the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, highlighting the brushstrokes of whitewash, with earlier layers showing through in patches.