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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.

East Wall Kelli in the Morning Light

The kelli in the east wall just after sunrise.

At full resolution, you can see swallows darting about in the morning light.

East Wall Kelli at Sundown

The monastery is in shadow while the last sunlight still shines on the upper mountain ridges.

The Well of Moses

But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day? And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock. And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread. And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land. (Exodus 2:15-22)

The Parapet Along the North Wall

The parapet along the north wall casts lengthening shadows at sundown.

Window Panes

Window panes from a kelli in the east wall reflect the setting sun.

Bell Tower and Minaret in First Shadow

For a few moments after the bell tower and minaret have slipped into shadow, the mountain behind is still illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun.

Basilica Foundations

Excavations along the south wall of the sixth century basilica reveal granite ashlars resting on bedrock.

A course of field stones was placed against the ashlars. This course is almost five feet below the present ground level.

Saint Panteleimon

I made the ascent yet again to celebrate the Liturgy at the chapel of Saint Panteleimon. I only took one photograph, showing the first sunlight on distant mountains.