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Vespers on the Feast of Saint Catherine

Archbishop Theophylaktos and other clergy from Jerusalem came to Sinai this year for the celebration of the feast of Saint Catherine. They were joined by clergy and pilgrims from many different countries.

The choir Πέτρος ο Πελοποννήσιος, from Sparta, chanted for the feast. The director is Panagiotis Tzanakos. The choir is named for Petros Peloponnesios (c. 1730 – 1778), one of the greatest cantors and composers of Byzantine music.

Towards the end of vespers, the special loaves that had been baked the day before were brought into the church.

Archbishop Theophylaktos blessed the loaves, which were distributed to the pilgrims at the end of the service.

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