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.
Studion Ministries Publishing Supporting St. Catherine's Monastery
Studion Ministries is undertaking several book projects, the profits from which will go to St. Catherine's Monastery. We have just finished the children's book, St. Paisios the New in Sinai. We are continuing the translation of the Sinai Gerontikon. And we are beginning a new children's book project, "St. John Climacus and the Ladder of Divine Ascent."
In January 2018, what has now become Studion Ministries, began the process of taking over Fr. Moses' work with the local Bedouin of the Jebeliya Tribe. He is a monk associated with St. Catherine's Monastery, who lives in a hermitage perched on the side of the mountain overlooking the ancient fortress. Fr. Moses helped the Bedouin women improve the quality of their embroidery as well as equipped them to sew and manufacture their products to international standards. He was helping them to find buyers and export their embroidery to Greece when the economy in Egypt collapsed due to political instability, civil unrest, and loss of tourism. When he needed to retire from this labor, the women were left without a place to sell their handiwork. We are now funding them to manufacture and embroider items that are donated to and sold through the St. Catherine bookstores, with all proceeds going directly to the monastery. We also are purchasing embroidery to sell here in the United States, to help them, and to help support this ministry. The Jebeliya Tribe is a historically peaceful tribe that has maintained a symbiotic relationship with St. Catherine's Monastery and the area's many hermitages, for 1400 years. St. Justinian the Great originally brought 200 Roman soldiers, along with their families, to serve as protectors for the newly built fortress monastery. These families then intermarried with the local tribesmen and formed the Jebeliya Tribe of today.
We are working on building an archive of quality photographs of the various holy sites of Sinai that are still accessible to foreign travelers. It is our hope to share this along with any stories we can gather about these locations and the saints who had lived there. To see our ongoing work, please visit: