Feast of Saint Catherine 2023

This year, as well, hundreds of pilgrims came to celebrate the feast of Saint Catherine, from Greece, Serbia, Russia, and Egypt.

The Holy Table and the reliquary of Saint Catherine in the first light of day.

The shrine of Saint Catherine is adorned with rich embroideries for the feast, and all the […]

Age-old Kellia

Kellia in the monastery that have been there for centuries.

View from the North

A classic view of the monastery, from the slopes on the north side. Bedouin on camels have taken pilgrims up the path to see the sunrise, and now they are returning home.

Chapel of Saint Theodore

The Chapel of Saint Theodore is still in full sun after the bell tower and minaret have fallen into shadow.

Ancient Structures on the Parapet

Ancient structures on the parapet of the fortress wall at the end of the day. The wheel device was used to make wax tapers for reading in the church.

The West Face of the Basilica

The west face of the Sinai basilica is decorated with a central cross and two flanking palm trees bearing clusters of dates. These were carved out of solid granite blocks in the middle of the sixth century.

Δίκαιος ὡς φοῖνιξ ἀνθήσει.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. (Psalm 91:13 […]


After the sun has set, the monastery is still filled with reflected light in the gathering dusk.

Passageway to the Bakery

The passageway under the trapeza to the bakery, where I make prosphora every week.

The Burning Bush and the Rampart on the North Wall

The Burning Bush, and above, the rampart along the top of the north wall.

Whitewashed Wall

The wall above the old stairway leading to the trapeza was whitewashed. It is slowly regaining its patina.