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Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Monks at St Catherine Monastery in the Sinai are Well


Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is risen!

In response to all the friends who’ve written asking after our brothers, the monks in Sinai, glory to God, they’re all well. Draconian security measures are in force throughout the area, but pilgrims are still able to come and go. There are already many checkpoints on the paved roads leading to the monastery. They’ve been there decades, mainly to check ID’s, watch for narcotics, etc. Now, there’s added security, and the local Bedouin, who are fervent supporters of the monks, are assisting. As the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness doesn’t overcome it, may the joy of this week of peace and brightness remain untouched in the hearts of the faithful!

Αληθώς Ανέστη! He is risen, indeed!

21 April 2017

Friends of Mount Sinai Monastery



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

ISIS Gunmen Attack Police Checkpoint Near Historic St Catherine Monastery in Egypt


One of the world’s most important Christian sites came under attack. The Monastery of St Catherine (formally, the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mt Sinai), built over 1,500 years ago, is one of Christianity’s holiest sites. Gunmen opened fire on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the monastery, killing one policeman and wounding four others. Then, the gunmen retreated; they didn’t reach the heavily-fortified monastery compound guarded by Egyptian police and security forces. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via its news agency.

The attack on the monastery comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two Coptic Orthodox churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. According to officials, the gunmen fired from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote mountainous desert area in the South Sinai Governate, where, according to scripture, God spoke to the prophet Moses from a burning bush. The Greek Orthodox monastery was a popular destination, primarily for Orthodox Christian pilgrims, but Egypt closed off public access to it for security reasons in 2015, leaving only the monks and clergy inside the compound.

According to Orthodox Christian history, in the early 4th century, St Eleni, mother of St Konstantinos the Great, built the Chapel of the Burning Bush at the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the miracle. The fortified walls were built around the chapel by the Roman Emperor Justinian (who also commissioned the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God (Agia Sofia/St Sophia)) starting in 527. Justinian’s workers completed the Church of the Transfiguration in the 560s, around the time of his death. In 2002, UNESCO declared the area around St Catherine Monastery a World Heritage Site because of Mt Sinai’s importance to three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the natural environment of the area, and the historic architecture and art at St Catherine Monastery.

18 April 2017

Pappas Post


Friday, 4 March 2011

News from St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai… the Muslim Bedouins Came Out and PROTECTED the Monastery… Fie on ALL Hate-Filled Teabaggers

“Wanna mess with the monks? Mess with ME first. Wanna rumble, now?”


A friend sent me this:

During the political crisis was that the Bedouins went into the secret mountain passes with their AKs to guard against anyone getting through to the Monastery, and also took over the checkpoints abandoned by the police, reverting to their 6th century role of guarding the Monastery as though the intervening centuries never occurred, and without even having been asked to do so by the monastic community, who were very moved when the Bedouins came and told them what they had done. There were some incidents in the nearby village, but things stayed under control, glory be to God. The nuns were called in from their hermitages, and that’s about all I know, except that I think things are pretty much back to normal now, if there is a normal.

There it is… that’s the real deal as far as Christians and Muslims is concerned. Don’t listen to hatemongers from Fox News, the Republican Party, or any of the wingnut commentariat. THIS is TRUTH. The source is a nun in Sinai (from Raithu), according to my informant.


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