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Reading Room Tables

The new tables in the reading room are made of cherry wood. The monastery logo has been carved at each end.

Feast of Saint Catherine 2018

This year, also, the church was filled with pilgrims who came to celebrate the feast of Saint Catherine.

Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella came as the representative of the Patriarch of Jerusalem. During vespers, we blessed the loaves that had been stamped with a special seal depicting Saint Catherine.

At the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. There were many concelebrating clergy.

After the Liturgy, we had a procession around the church with the relics of Saint Catherine. Monks and pilgrims led the procession with candles, the cross, and ripidia.

Father Symeon and Father Michael carried the relics of Saint Catherine around the church. Prayers were said at each corner, for the brotherhood, the pilgrims, and for the monks of Sinai who have gone to their rest.

Reading Room

The new reading room is an inviting space for scholars to study the manuscripts. It has tables, chairs, and bookshelves imported from Greece. A grandfather clock from Bristol stands against the wall.

Dedicatory Inscription

Inside the foyer to the reading room, there is a marble plaque with a Greek inscription commemorating the recent renovation.

The Library of the Holy Monastery
of the God Trodden Mount of Sinai
was Renovated During the Time of
Archbishop Damianos
Through the Labours and Diligence of the Monks of Sinai
Generously Sponsored and Actively Supported
by the Saint Catherine Foundation of the United Kingdom
with their Associates in America and Friends in Switzerland
in the Year of our Salvation 2017

The Mosaic over the Entrance

Roberto Nardi created a mosaic of the monastery’s monogram. We placed it over the metal door that leads into the library. The limestone frame is carved with a Greek inscription.

ΑΝΕΚΑΙΝΙΣΘΗ
Ο ΤΩΝ ΒΙΒΛΙΩΝ ΙΕΡΟΣ ΤΟΠΟΣ
ΕΠΙ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΥ ΔΑΜΙΑΝΟΥ
ΕΝ ΕΤΕΙ ͵ΒΙΖ΄

THE SACRED PLACE OF THE BOOKS
WAS RENOVATED
UNDER ARCHBISHOP DAMIANOS
IN THE YEAR 2017

The Newly Renovated Library

In September of last year, we completed the renovation of the library. Concrete beams were transformed into arches, and the floor and banister were covered with Sinai limestone. Concrete capitals were replaced with limestone capitals. All of this makes an impressive entryway to the new library.

Mountains After Rain

A steady rain through the night provided water to parched earth, and turned the mountains a darker hue. They glowed a coppery gold in the last light of the day.

Stair Rail to the Trapeza

The stair rail leading up to the trapeza (the monastery refectory) has been worn smooth over the years.

Passing Clouds

Clouds passing overhead create patterns of light and shadow on the mountains opposite the monastery.

Ruined Walls

Ruined dry stone walls to the north above the monastery