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I Will Not Leave You Orphans

Οὐκ ἀφήσω ὑμᾶς ὀρφανούς· ἔρχομαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς.

I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you. (John 14:18)

Rays of Sunlight

During the latter part of April, the sun’s rays enter the church aligned with its axis, which faces directly east.

The first rays of sunlight are more horizontal, and more tentative.

As the sun rises in the sky, its rays become more intense, and more at an angle.

Rays of sunlight stream down past the cross that is over the iconostasion.

This always brings to mind the verse, τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ, “who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Sinai Cat

What, no fish scraps? Again?

Hermitage in the Distance

Bell tower and minaret with the site of an ancient hermitage in the distance

Later in the Day

By midday, the clouds were even lower than they had been that morning.

Three Different Angles

The bell tower and minaret from three different angles

East Wall with Clouds

The east wall of the monastery, with clouds above

Cloud Covered Mountains

The bell tower and minaret with cloud covered mountains in the background.

Tristram’s Grackle

A lone Tristram’s grackle on top of the bell tower

Low Lying Clouds

Low lying clouds over the mountains flanking the monastery