The Dormition of the All-holy Theotokos

Ἐν τῇ κοιμήσει τὸν κόσμον οὐ κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε

In thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos

Then stretching out her hands, as we may believe, she blessed all those present, and then she heard the words, ‘Come, my beloved Mother, to thy rest. Arise and come, most dear amongst women, the […]

The Holy Transfiguration

A ripidion depicting the Holy Transfiguration

Καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες δύο συνελάλουν αὐτῷ, οἵτινες ἦσαν Μωϋσῆς καὶ Ἠλίας, οἳ ὀφθέντες ἐν δόξῃ ἔλεγον τὴν ἔξοδον αὐτοῦ, ἣν ἤμελλεν πληροῦν ἐν Ἰερουσαλήμ.

And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he […]


The icon of Christ in the basilica portrays him as King of Kings and Great High Priest. He is encompassed by the four emblems of the Evangelists, which in turn derive from the vision that the Prophet Ezekiel beheld of the four living creatures (Ezekiel 1:10).

At the beginning of Mesonyktikon, the Midnight Office, the […]

Saint Anne 2016

Sunday was the feast of Saint Anne, and we made our ascent to the little chapel dedicated to her memory.

The first golden sunlight on the peak of Sinai.

Stone steps show the way.

It is a joy to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in this beautiful and remote little chapel.


Prophet Elias 2016

This year also we were able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Prophet Elias on his feast day.

Father Akakios and Father Ioakeim decided to ride up on camels.

Our guide was Muhammad. It was his second climb to the top that morning.

Καὶ ἀνέστη καὶ ἔφαγε καὶ […]