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Saint John Climacus

The fourth Sunday of the Fast is dedicated to the memory of Saint John, Abbot of Sinai and author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. On this day, four of us set out to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the small chapel below his cave.

We began to descend into the valley at […]

Twisted Almond Tree

The twisted almond tree at the Chapel of Saint Gregory of Sinai was in full bloom, weeks after the trees at the monastery had bloomed. It is much colder up in the mountains.

Saint Panteleimon

I was able to spend the first three days of the Fast at the Chapel of Saint Panteleimon. The chapel has been there for many years. A kelli was added adjacent to the chapel about forty years ago. The peak of Mount Saint Catherine is visible in the distance. In the silence of these […]

Almond Tree

An almond tree in the morning light.

Almond Blossoms 4