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Saint John Climacus

The fourth Sunday of the Fast is dedicated to the memory of Saint John, Abbot of Sinai and author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. On this day, four of us set out to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the small chapel below his cave.

We began to descend into the valley at the first light of day.

It had rained the previous day, and at one point we had to step across a swiftly flowing stream.

The white dome of the chapel visible for the first time in the distance.

As we reached the chapel, a ray of sunlight shone through the clouds on the mountain behind the chapel.

The cave of Saint John Climacus.

Wildflowers were blooming in the area. These were the first flowers of springtime.

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