Last Station

The last station of the camel trail in the light of a new day.

Sunrise from the End of the Camel Trail

Sunrise from the last station along the camel trail. From this point, pilgrims ascend to the peak of Sinai by the ancient steps, which are too steep for camels.

Holy Pascha 2024

Two passages from Saint Gregory the Theologian’s Oration 44, On the New Lord’s Day, in which he extols a creation that has come back to life after the cold and death of winter.

Ἡ βασίλισσα τῶν ὡρῶν τῇ βασιλίδι τῶν ἡμερῶν πομπεύει, καὶ δωροφορεῖ παρ’ ἑαυτῆς πᾶν ὅ τι κάλλιστον καὶ τερπνότατον. Νῦν […]

Holy and Great Saturday

Sunbeams strike the silver cross and ripidia on the back of the Holy Table. Tonight we will turn the cross around so that the Risen Christ is facing the front.

Holy and Great Friday

Συγκλονεῖται φόβῳ, πᾶσα Λόγε, ἡ γῆ καὶ φωσφόρος τὰς ἀκτῖνας απέκρυψε, τοῦ μεγίστου γῇ κρυβέντος σου φωτός.

All the earth, O Word, trembled in fear, and the morning star concealed its rays, when thy great light was hid in earth.

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Dark Clouds and Thunder

Dark clouds and thunder during Holy Week.

Ἐρχόμενος ὁ Κύριος, πρὸς τὸ ἑκούσιον Πάθος, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις ἔλεγεν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ. Ἰδοὺ ἀναβαίνομεν εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα, καὶ παραδοθήσεται ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, καθώς γέγραπται περὶ αὐτοῦ. Δεῦτε οὖν καὶ ἡμεῖς, κεκαθαρμέναις διανοίαις, συμπορευθῶμεν αὐτῷ, καὶ συσταυρωθῶμεν, καὶ νεκρωθῶμεν δι’ αὐτόν, ταῖς τοῦ βίου ἡδοναῖς, ἵνα […]

Morning Sunlight

Early morning sunlight at the basin of the Prophet Elijah. From here, the path leads to remote chapels.

The God-trodden Mount of Sinai

Καὶ ἀνέβη Μωυσῆς καὶ ᾿Ααρὼν καὶ Ναδὰβ καὶ ᾿Αβιοὺδ καὶ ἑβδομήκοντα τῆς γερουσίας ᾿Ισραήλ καὶ εἶδον τὸν τόπον, οὗ εἱστήκει ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ τά ὑπὸ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ ὡσεὶ ἔργον πλίνθου σαπφείρου καὶ ὥσπερ εἶδος στερεώματος τοῦ οὐρανοῦ τῇ καθαριότητι. Καὶ τῶν ἐπιλέκτων τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ οὐ διεφώνησεν οὐδὲ εἷς· καὶ ὤφθησαν ἐν […]

The Sunday of Saint John Climacus

The sun was just beginning to shine on the mountain peaks as we made our way down the valley to the church of Saint John Climacus.

Saint John passed forty years living in a cave. It was during this time that many turned to him, finding in him a wise and experienced spiritual […]

Sinai Hermitage

A hermitage at the basin of the Prophet Elijah. There are records that a Father Daniel lived there in the 1930s.