Sunset with Clouds

Sunset with a light cloud cover from the Church of Saint Panteleimon.

Holy Pascha 2022

Εἰ γὰρ σύμφυτοι γεγόναμεν τῷ ὁμοιώματι τοῦ θανάτου αὐτοῦ ἀλλὰ καὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως ἐσόμεθα·

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:5)

Καθάπερ γὰρ τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ ταφὲν ἐν τῇ γῇ, καρπὸν τῆς οἰκουμένης τὴν σωτηρίαν […]

Saint Gregory of Sinai

The twisted almond tree with the Chapel of Saint Gregory of Sinai in the early morning sunlight.

Twisted Almond Tree

I was able to spend the first three days of the fast at the Chapel of Saint Panteleimon. The twisted almond tree at the Chapel of Saint Gregory of Sinai was in full bloom.

Almond Blossoms 4

The almond trees are all the more beautiful because they are in such contrast to the surrounding granite mountains.


Almond Blossoms 3

The almond trees bloom during the first warm days, heralds of spring.


Saint John Climacus

Today, the Sunday of Saint John Climacus, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the little chapel below the cave of the saint. Afterwards, we climbed up to the cave and lit candles. The day was already hot outside, but inside the cave, it was cool and refreshing.