The Cave of Saint John Climacus in the Distance

Οὗτος ἑκκαίδεκά που τυγχάνων ἐτῶν τῇ τοῦ σώματος ἡλικίᾳ, προσήνεγκεν ἑαυτὸν τῷ Χριστῷ θυσίαν εὐάρεστον καὶ δεκτήν, ἐν τῷ Σιναίῳ ὄρει τὸν μοναδικὸν ζυγὸν ὑποδύς, καὶ ἀπ᾿ αὐτῆς, οἶμαι, τῆς τοῦ ὁρωμένου χωρίου διατριβῆς, πρὸς τὸν ἀόρατον Θεὸν ἰθυνόμενός τε καὶ ποδηγούμενος.

When he was sixteen years old in his natural age, this blessed man […]

The Entrance to the Cave of Saint John Climacus

Saint John Climacus spent forty years living as a solitary, before being elected Abbot of Sinai.

Προσευχή ἐστι, κατὰ μὲν τὴν αὐτῆς ποιότητα, συνουσία καὶ ἔνωσις ἀνθρώπου καὶ Θεοῦ· κατὰ δὲ τὴν ἐνέργειαν, κόσμου σύστασις, Θεοῦ καταλλαγή.

Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the converse and union of man with God, and by […]

Pear Blossoms

A pear tree blooms in a small desert garden.

Agape Vespers

A beautifully embroidered cover for the reliquary of Saint Catherine. The photograph was taken during the Agape Vespers, when we light all of the icon lamps.