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The Liturgy for Holy Theophany

On January 6, we celebrate the Baptism of Christ.

Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τῇ οἰκουμένῃ, καὶ τὸ φῶς σου, Κύριε, ἐσημειώθη ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς ἐν ἐπιγνώσει ὑμνοῦντάς σε· Ἦλθες, ἐφάνης, τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀπρόσιτον.

Thou hast appeared today to the whole world, and thy light, O Lord, is signed upon us that in knowledge hymn thee: Thou has […]

Christmas for the Sinai Cats

The cats smell the fish that is being prepared for the Christmas meal, and gather around the refectory








At last Father Pavlos appears with the scraps that he has collected

Christmas comes for the cats also


Christmas at Sinai

Ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ, σήμερον ἡνώθησαν, τεχθέντος τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Σήμερον Θεὸς ἐπὶ γῆς παραγέγονε, καὶ ἄνθρωπος εἰς οὐρανοὺς ἀναβέβηκε.

Heaven and earth are united today, for Christ is born. Today hath God come upon earth, and man gone up to heaven.

Λύτρωσιν ἀπέστειλε Κύριος τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ. The Lord hath sent redemption unto his […]

The Chapel of the Ten Martyrs of Crete

Sinai has had a strong connection with Crete extending back over many centuries. Even today, there are more monks from Crete than from any other part of Greece. One of the Sinai chapels is dedicated to the Ten Martyrs of Crete, whose feast day is December 23.

The chapel is simple and austere.


Drifting Clouds

Drifting clouds descend on the mountains opposite the monastery, and then slowly lift to reveal the peak

And a Cloud Covered the Mount

And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was […]

The Ascent to Mount Sinai in Cloud

The ascent to Mount Sinai in cloud


An Ancient Hermitage in Clouds

The site of an ancient hermitage beyond the monastery, built on the steep mountainside, wreathed in clouds.


Low Lying Clouds

Low lying clouds to the east and north of the monastery