Studion Ministries is an Orthodox Christian lay ministry dedicated to help preserve holy sites and communities world-wide in need. 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.
We are operating with the blessing of Archbishop Damianos and the Holy Synaxis of Sinai.
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Holy Monastery and Archdiocese of Mt. Sinai Saint Catherine’s Monastery c/o 18 Midan el-Daber 11271 Cairo, Egypt Telephone & Facsimile: 2069-347-0349
Athens, August 20, 2020
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. For this reason, we are addressing Studion Ministries. We are asking for financial help for the Holy Monastery by means of the monetary aids sent to its Bank accounts in Cairo and exceptionally to its central Dependency (Metochi) in Athens. Thanking you for your love and interest, I pray God blesses you abundantly, Archbishop Damianos of Mt. Sinai
Google translate: What was it that made the ancient Christians living in the regions of North Africa and Mesopotamia (Middle East) come to the area of Mount Sinai, ie where the Triune God wanted to come down and meet in the person of the Great and Theoptus Prof. Moses to the human race and to show him how he can become happier and holier in his earthly course. It is certainly not only the fear of persecution of Christians by the orders of the Roman emperors but it was mainly the desire to live close to God in a quiet place and inspiring the divine presence. And what better place than Mount Sinai, Mount Athos, Mount Uncle where the presence of the Triune God was so intense and wonderful that the Light of the Triune Deity was so vivid that it illuminated the face of Moses in reflection. So in this holy atmosphere the first hermits who arrived already from the middle of the 3rd c. in this holy place they tasted the spiritual fruits of the secret heart prayer and to the heights of holiness in order to perform miraculous works, which became known in the Christian world at that time and attracted many who envied this high spiritual life. Many of these spiritual experiences and the words of the holy hermits of the theobadic Mount Sinai were recorded in various manuscripts and constituted material for the publication of the "Elder of Sinai".
Some of these hermits were the first yeast of the monastery convent built by the emperor Justinian in the form of a castle-monastery to protect the monks from the savage attacks of various tribes in the area in the middle of the 6th century. The ascetic tradition and the life of holy men continue uninterrupted throughout the centuries without always knowing the sanctity of many invisible monks of Sinai.
But even today we have great spiritual figures who lived more or less on Mount Sinai, such as Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, and at the same time a Sinaitic and Saint Porphyrios of Kausokalyvitis who visited Mount Sinai for a short time and considered himself a Sinaitic. Monk for some reasons that we will try to mention at another time. The centuries-old difficulties and problems faced by the Monastery of Mount Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine did not cease to exist, especially in modern times when the terrible global pandemic of the coronavirus has been added, which creates additional financial problems making it so difficult for the survival of monks and charitable work as well as the effort of the Monastery to save through digitization its valuable manuscripts, icons and heirlooms, great for their humanitarian and cultural value that preserve spiritual, historical and artistic values, trends and information of 1700 years. Declaring that the Fathers of the Monastery always wish and pray for the salvation and happiness of the universe but especially for your noble sponsors and donors, we ask them to remember the ancient historical Monastery of Mount Sinai so that it can continue to worship. of. After many wishes and blessings Archbishop Sina Damianos and Professor of the I. Monastery of Sinai