Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. (Exodus 20:9-10)
On Holy and Great Saturday, Christ keeps sabbath rest in the tomb. Saturday becomes the special day for commemorating all who have fallen […]
Αἱ γενεαὶ πᾶσαι ὕμνον τῇ ταφῇ σου προσφέρουσι, Χριστέ μου.
All generations offer an hymn at thy burial, O my Christ.
All the lamps are lit as we gather in the church for the service before the epitaphios.
At the end of the service, we carry the epitaphios around the church, saying prayers […]
On Holy and Great Friday, the epitaphios is brought into the centre of the church. This example was embroidered in Constantinople in 1842.
Kαὶ σχήματι εὑρεθεὶς ὡς ἄνθρωπος, ἐταπείνωσεν ἑαυτὸν, γενόμενος ὑπήκοος μέχρι θανάτου, θανάτου δὲ σταυροῦ.
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even […]
On Thursday, we dye the eggs red that will be blessed on the night of Holy Pascha. Orthodox pilgrims from Greece and Germany work together with Copts and Bedouin employed by the monastery in a collaboration that is special to Sinai.
Hard boiled eggs are brought from the monastery kitchen.
They are immersed […]
Preparations for the Divine Liturgy on Holy and Great Thursday
Τοῦ Δείπνου σου τοῦ μυστικοῦ σήμερον, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, κοινωνόν με παράλαβε.
Of thy Mystic Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant.
The full moon that precedes the celebration of Pascha rises from behind the Sinai mountains.
An enclosed passageway and steps lead from the monks’ cells to the sixth century basilica.
The holy table in the Sinai basilica was installed in the middle of the sixth century. It has remained intact to our own day.
The outer wooden casing, adorned with inlaid mother of pearl and tortoise shell, was added in the eighteenth century.
Every day we have a service at noon. After the service, the bell next to the kitchen is rung to summon the monks to the trapeza, the refectory.