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Saint Anne’s 2019

Again we were able to celebrate the Liturgy at the Church of Saint Anne on her feast day. Father Iouvenalios is visiting from Jerusalem, and we were joined by four other pilgrims.

We left at 4:30 in the morning for the two hour climb to the little chapel. As we made our ascent, we stopped to rest when the sun’s rays were shining on the highest mountains, with the monastery far below.

The first arch.

The Church of the Prophet Elias. Many Russian pilgrims had gone up in the night, to celebrate the Liturgy at the peak of Sinai, visible in the distance. They were already descending.

A photograph taken at the very end of the service, when the sunbeam had almost ceased to shine in the small chapel.

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