The Psalter of Cassiane

The famous Psalter of Cassiane has leaves that measure only 14 x 8.5 centimetres (5 1/2 by 3 3/8 inches). In the fourteenth century, the Nun Cassiane was able to write the entire 151 Psalms of the Septuagint text on only six leaves. She wrote two columns per page. Each column measures only 38 […]

Liturgy at the Peak of Sinai

Every year, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the peak of Mount Sinai on the day after Pentecost, the Monday of the Holy Spirit. This year, we were joined by pilgrims from Greece and Russia. We made the ascent in the night, and began the Liturgy at 4:00 AM.

The Holy Table in […]

Icon by Candle Light

In the kelli at Saint Panteleimon’s, a candle shines before an icon print in the silence of the desert.

Saint Panteleimon’s in Spring

The Chapel of Saint Panteleimon in the springtime, with a small almond tree in bloom.

Distant Landscape

A photograph taken from much higher up in the mountains. The Chapel of Saint John the Forerunner is visible at the far left.