Thursday After Pascha

Father Pavlos celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Thursday after Pascha. The sun entered into the bema as he was censing during the Cherubic Hymn, after which he placed the paten and the chalice upon the Holy Table for the consecration.

Νῦν πάντα πεπλήρωται φωτός, οὐρανός τε καὶ γῆ, καὶ τὰ καταχθόνια· ἑορταζέτω γοῦν […]

Holy Pascha 2009

In 2009, after the radiant Paschal services, there was a fine mist in the air, as if the monastery were in a light cloud. I went to the roof above the library and took photographs of the mountains that flank the ascent to the peak of Sinai, the moon and the stars indistinct behind the […]

Holy Pascha

Καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, εἶδον νεανίσκον καθήμενον ἐν τοῖς δεξιοῖς, περιβεβλημένον στολὴν λευκήν· καὶ ἐξεθαμβήθησαν. ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐταῖς, Μὴ ἐκθαμβεῖσθε. Ἰησοῦν ζητεῖτε τὸν Ναζαρηνὸν τὸν ἐσταυρωμένον· ἠγέρθη, οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε· ἴδε ὁ τόπος ὅπου ἔθηκαν αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ ὑπάγετε, εἴπατε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ τῷ Πέτρῳ, ὅτι προάγει ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν· ἐκεῖ αὐτὸν […]

Holy and Great Friday

Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ τοῦ ξύλου καθελὼν τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα, σινδόνι καθαρᾷ εἱλήσας καὶ ἀρώμασιν, ἐν μνήματι καινῷ κηδεύσας ἀπέθετο.

The noble Joseph, taking thine immaculate body down from the tree, and having wrapped it in pure linen and spices, laid it for burial in a new tomb.

Αἱ […]

Holy and Great Friday Morning

Προσκυνοῦμέν σου τὰ πάθη, Χριστέ. Δεῖξον ἡμῖν καὶ τὴν ἔνδοξόν σου ἀνάστασιν.

We worship thy Passion, O Christ. Show unto us also thy glorious Resurrection.

Holy and Great Thursday

Archbishop Damianos celebrates the Divine Liturgy on Holy and Great Thursday. In the course of the Liturgy, the sunlight enters into the bema.

Ἐντολὴν καινὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν, ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους, καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have […]

Father Eumenios

Father Eumenios was ordained a priest on Palm Sunday in 1955. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination. He chanted on Palm Sunday, but celebrated the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Holy Gifts on Monday of Holy Week.

His memory of the traditions of the monastery and the monks who have gone before […]

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday each year, Archbishop Damianos celebrates the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saint George in El Tur, on the coast of the Red Sea. This was the ancient Raithou, the site of a monastery dating back to the fourth century. The present church was built in the middle of the nineteenth century, […]