Two bedouin boys are standing by the road, selling coloured eggs turned from alabaster to the tourists.
The photos are courtesy of Father Justician from Saint Catherine’s Monastery
Getting Ready for the Feast of Saint Catherine
The menologion icons have been temporarily removed from each column, the capitals have been cleaned, and the brass and silver are being polished in preparation for the feast of Saint Catherine.
Sinai God-trodden Mount of the Ten Commandments The Holy Mountain of Moses Heaven
*The poem is published in the Verse-Virtual February issue along with “Jerusalem”.
To read them, visit http://www.verse-virtual.com/sofia-kioroglou-2016-february.html
The Reliquary Shrine of Saint Catherine
The marble shrine over the relics of Saint Catherine is decorated for the feast, and all the lamps are lit. The shrine dates from the early eighteenth century, but incorporates a panel with two harts that was part of the original sixth century templon.