You went up to Sinai's holy mount, imitating Moses and devout St. John, author of the Ladder of Divine Ascent, living in ascetic discipline, O glorious Paisios, and fasting as if you had no flesh, and so received from the Spirit gifts of grace divine, like the fathers and saints had received of old.
You went to Mt. Athos early on: Esphigmenou had you as a most obedient novice, O devout Paisios; and to Philotheou you brought glory. You became a brother of the Stomion Monastery up in Konitsa. Then on Sinai, living as a man like an angel, you provided for the Bedouin there.
~Stichera from "The Lord I have Cried" for the Vespers service on the Feast of St. Paisios of Athos and Sinai.
The first holy site and community that Studion Ministries has committed itself to helping is St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, Egypt and the local Bedouin community interdependent with it. To Learn About our Ongoing Publishing and Bedouin Embroidery Projects on Behalf of St. Catherine's Monastery and Surrounding Bedouin Community:
St. Catherine's Monastery has been closed to the public since early March 2020 due to the coronavirus. As a result, the income and donations it would normally receive through pilgrims has ceased. St. Catherine's Monastery is a precious heritage entrusted to all of us, and needs our collective help to keep it flourishing, as well as the local community dependent on it, most especially during these very difficult times.
From Archbishop Damianos of Sinai: "The Holy Monastery of Sinai, also called St. Catherine’s Monastery in the mountainous and arid, southern region of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, is facing many financial difficulties, especially during this current period of the Coronavirus. Every help to the Monastery is crucial and indispensable, more than ever, for its survival and its uninterrupted spiritual, cultural and charitable mission."