Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-09-09
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Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 408.605.0621
  • Street Address:

  • 9th and Lincoln

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 5808 Carmel by the Sea

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Weekend services: the weekend schedule is fixed for most of the year. The services take place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, at All Saints Church, lower level, 9th and Lincoln.

Saturdays: 5:00pm Vespers

Sundays:   8:30am Matins

                   9:30am Liturgy

Week-day services: during the week we may celebrate the major feast days of the Church either in Carmel or in Salinas. Please check the calendar! The schedule pattern is:

Wednesdays:  6:00pm Paraklesis

Eve of feasts: 6:00pm Vespers

Feast days:    8:30am Matins

                       9:30am Liturgy

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services

Friday, September 7
    6:00pm  Vespers + Orthros + Liturgy
Saturday, September 8   Nativity of the Theotokos
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, September 9   Saints Joachim & Anna
    8:30am  Orthros (Matins)
    9:30am  Liturgy
    12:00pm  Orhtodoxy 101 + Sunday School
Tuesday, September 11
    12:00pm  Akathist Service
    1:00pm  Book Discussion: "The Struggle for Virtue"
Wednesday, September 12
    6:00pm  Paraklesis
    7:00pm  Dinner, Lecture and Discussion Time
Thursday, September 13
    6:00pm  Vespers + Orthros + Liturgy
Friday, September 14   Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Saturday, September 15   Saint Nikitas /  Saint Visarion
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, September 16
    8:00am  Orthros (Matins)

    9:00am Baptism (Kazuko and Antonio Wheeler)
    9:45am Liturgy
  12:00pm  Orhtodoxy 101 + Sunday School
Tuesday, September 18
    12:00pm  Akathist Service
    1:00pm  Book Discussion: "The Struggle for Virtue"
Wednesday, September 19
    6:00pm  Paraklesis
    7:00pm  Dinner, Lecture and Discussion Time
Saturday, September 22
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, September 23   Conception of Saint John the Baptist
    8:30am  Orthros (Matins)
    9:30am  Liturgy
    12:00pm  Orthodoxy 101 + Sunday School


Community Calendar

September 9 - Welcoming of Festival Guests and beginning of Sunday School Year
September 16 - Baptism Kazuko and Antonio Wheeler
September 30 - Lunch with All Saints Church
October 6 - Non-violent Communication Workshop
October 13 - Philoptochos Fall General Meeting

Prayer Requests

Please remember in your prayers the following who are in need.

"Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on your servant (first name)."

+Alex and his parents Paul and Sasha, Sheila Doyle-Rickenbacker, Christina and newborn baby Eleanor, Maria Kastros-Taubman, Tiffany Yant, Helen Saites, Sophie Britton, Jeanny Elliott, Nina and George Kadiev and their daughter Annie, Christina Pressas, Gus Moutos, Jonah and his parents Nick and Sarah Ledo and Father Mark Vinas.

Father Ion is available for home visits. Please call him directly at 408.605.0621 if you would like to schedule one.


Special Services

The Memorial Service this Sunday is for the Servant of God Alexander McCrone (40 days). May his memory be eternal!


News & Events


The celebration of the Nativity of our Holy Mother will take place this Friday evening, on the eve of the feast, in Saint Nektarios Chapel from 6pm.


This year's festival was for us a blessing in many ways. This Sunday is the first opportunity to express gratitude to God by coming together in Christ and celebrating the Eucharist. We prepare, we attend and we give! This is what completes the circle of giving-receiving between us and God, thus making the festival wholly fulfilled and making it the best one ever.


Our Festival again proclaimed loudly to the world COME AND SEE! This Sunday (September 9) we welcome our guests from the festival who expressed interest in coming and seeing, in learning more about our church. This is a crucial step in concluding our festival outreach. We will make an extra effort to offer hospitality and to introduce the Orthodox Faith to them. The Orthodoxy 101 class from 12 noon is for our guest and for ourselves. The class will meet in Saint Nektarios Chapel.


We are reading and discussing "The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society" book by Archbishop Averky (Taushev).  The book is available at our bookstore and from The text offers wisdom, scriptural support, practical directions and it is very enriching. It's a short book and we will be reading 3 chapters each week.

Our next group will meet on Tuesday, September 11, after the Akathist service (12 noon). Even if you haven't read the chapters, you are welcome to join in the discussion. Bring your own lunch and join us! Prepare Chapters 2-4.


Serving this Sunday in church and at the fellowship hour following Liturgy:

September 9
   Parish Council: Fotis Papoulias
   Welcoming: Hussam Ibrahim
   Fellowship: Team Pink – always 2nd Sunday of the month.

September 16
   Parish Council: Christina Pressas
   Welcoming: Alexandra Mouzas
   Fellowship: Team Orange – always 3rd  Sunday of the month.


Please join us this Sunday as we lift up prayers, and commemorate the 40 day memorial of our dear Alex McCrone. May his sweet memory live eternal.

Fall General Meeting
Enjoy warm fellowship, a wine & cheese reception, and live music
Learn about our dynamic chapter’s accomplishments and that which is yet to come!
Saturday, October 13th 2:00 to 4:00
RSVP to learn the location
Featuring our Guest Speaker Despina Kreatsoulas with her presentation on…

Resistance & Relief: Greece in World War II

We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP to or 619-518-2755
$15.00 Donation supports Philoptochos ministries

Upcoming events:
- September 16th Tray Passing for Holy Cross
- September 23rd Board Meeting
- October 13th Fall General Meeting


With great joy we welcome back home the enlarged Wheeler family: Kevin, Julia, Kazuko and Antonio who was born in Singapore on July 29. The children will be baptized on Sunday, September 16 right before the Divine Liturgy. The godparents are Dimitri and Mahi (Kazuko) and Geoge Pepps (Antonio) who will come from Singapore. We rejoice in having them back home and we thank God for the great gift of His Church.


Baby Shower!!  Join us to celebrate the arrival of Antonio Wheeler (Julia & Kevin & Koko's new baby) on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 PM at Mary’s house 26301 Paseo Del Sur, Monterey, CA 93940. Refreshments, fun, games & celebration.  Hosted by Corkey Balcom & Mary Kanalakis

Please RSVP to 998-2611 (Corkey)  - Ladies Only  



The Liturgy for the Falling Asleep of Saint John the Theologian will take place at our church in Salinas on September 26.


Father Ion is available to hear confessions after services and also by appointment at other times. If you need to do confession, please contact him ahead of time.


The 2019 Church Calendars are going to print in October. Now is the time to advertise your business and/or be a sponsor for the calendar. A full advertisement 10 inches by 3 inches is $600. The deadline for art and payment is September 20. Contact Mary at 831-277-2078.


Our brethren from All Saints Church will gather for cleaning once a month as listed below. We were invited to participate and take care of the space that we use and offer support in other areas as needed. Let us join the effort with gratitude and joy on these following Saturdays from 10:30am: September 8 / October 6 / November 10 /December 8.


Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz will be holding their Festival this weekend in Santa Cruz. Take time to visit them and give them support.

From Father Milutin: We are so blessed to have this opportunity to share with people our delicious food and to bring them a spirit of a Greek island. Also, I want to remind us all how blessed we are be able to share something more valuable and important with our neighbors - our beautiful Orthodox Faith and love shown through our hospitality.

We all will be working these three days. We will encounter many people. When we serve them let us not only show all our food but all our joy, spirit of love and hospitality. Our community and hard work comes from our faith and strong beliefs as Orthodox Christians. We can only share as much of our faith as we have in ourselves.


Our sister Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont will celebrate her feast day with Orthros and Liturgy on September 14 from 9 am. Please contact Father Ion if interested in carpooling.


Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, the day after Saint Nikitas: Saint Nikitas Day Luncheon will take palce at St. Nicholas Church in San Jose following the divine liturgy. $55 payable to St. Nicholas Church. Contact Roula Demertzis - or (408) 564-2387.  Live performance by the Greek Rebetiko Trio.


At the end of this month, we will have the opportunity to join in prayer and fellowship at the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring for the Consecration of the Chapel of Saint Paraskevi and Saint Nikiforos. The detailed schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 28, 2018

5:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:00 p.m. – Moving of the Holy Relics from the Katholikon to the Chapel

6:30 p.m. to Midnight – Vigil of the Consecration

Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:00 a.m. to Noon – Consecration Service followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Luncheon to follow.

Limited accommodations are available at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center (email: or call the Ranch Office at 558-338-2103). This information can also be found on our Metropolis website:


We are blessed to be invited to attend this most relevant workshop. All Saints Church will be holding a workshop series to learn the practice of non-violent communication which will be a first step in the “how” to respond rather than to react to the tensions and divisive factions that touch us in every area of our lives – our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our schools, and in our religious institutions. 

Training will begin with a one day workshop on Saturday, October 6, followed by three to four additional half-day workshops to hone our new NVC skill.  As with any language you lose it if you do not use it.  The additional half-day workshops will take place on Saturday morning or Sunday at noon following the 10:30am service.  We are still tweaking the dates, but follow-ups will tentatively be:  Sunday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct. 20; and Saturday, November 3.

The cost will be $60 per person for the whole training which will include lunch for the one full day workshop.  The workshop will be facilitated by Timothy Regan, LCSW and a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer. Please make your reservation before September 10 by calling ASC at (831) 624-3883.


Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute formally invites you to I am the Vine Northern California Gala, Saturday, October 13, 2018 , 4 o’clock in the afternoon to 9 o’clock in the evening.  Filoli Gardens ,  86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062 .  Limited Seating 

Please join His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas and the Board of  Trustees  of  the  PAOI in  the following: 

4:00pm-5:00pm- Optional self-guided tour of country estate and 

historical mark.
5:15pm-6:15pm- Champagne and appetizer reception in the mansion. 
6:30pm-9:00pm- Formal dinner in mansion’s ballroom with Opera Singer Mrs. Edie Delegans.    

$250 per person. RSVP  email:,  Phone: (510) 649-3450


The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will have a Gala to Celebrate Metropolis Ministries on Saturday, October 13 at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, honoring Dr. James and Virginia Kallins. Proceeds will support ongoing development and expansion of Metropolis ministries including Family Wellness, Missions and Evangelism, Clergy continuing Education, Church Music and Youth Ministry. Tickets are $250 each at 415-753-3075. Hotel accommodations are available. More information is at




Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Mode

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the 4th Mode

Your Nativity, O Theotokos, imparted joy to the entire earth, for out of you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. He nullified the curse and instead gave His blessing; and causing death to be neutralized, He granted us eternal life.

Apolytikion for Synaxis of the Holy Ancestors of God in the 2nd Mode

As we celebrate the memory of Your righteous Ancestors, through them we importune You, O Lord, that You save our souls

Apolytikion of Saint John the Baptist in the 1st Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner; for you have proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since you were granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, you did rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God has appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Mode

Both Joachim and Anna from their sterility's stigma, and Adam and Eve from their mortality's ruin have been set free, O immaculate Maid, by your holy nativity. For this do your people hold celebration, redeemed from the guilt of transgression as they cry to you, "The barren one bears the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life."

Kontakion for the Fallen Asleep

Remember, O Lord, as good, your servants, and forgive whatever sins in life they committed, for no one is without sin, except you the Mighty One; and grant rest to them who have been removed from among us.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."


Wisdom of the Fathers

"He gave His Only-begotten Son," not a servant, not an Angel, not an Archangel. And yet no one would show such anxiety for his own child, as God did for His ungrateful servants ... He who giveth life to others, much more to Himself doth He well forth life ... For He calls the Cross the fountain of life; which reason cannot easily allow, as the heathens now by their mocking testify. But faith which goes beyond the weakness of reasoning, may easily receive and retain it.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century

But wherefore did He not say plainly, "I am about to be crucified," instead of referring His hearers to the ancient type? First, that you may learn that old things are akin to new, and that the one are not alien to the other; next, that you may know that He came not unwillingly to His Passion; and ... you may learn that no harm arises to Him from the Fact, and that to many there springs from it salvation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century


Saints and Feasts

September 09

Sunday before Holy Cross

September 09

The Holy & Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

Today, the day following the Nativity of the most holy Theotokos, we celebrate the synaxis of Saints Joachim and Anna, honouring them as her parents.

September 11

Euphrosynos the Cook

Saint Euphrosynus the Cook was from one of the Palestinian monasteries, and his obedience was to work in the kitchen as a cook. Toiling away for the brethren, Saint Euphrosynus did not absent himself from thought about God, but rather dwelt in prayer and fasting. He remembered always that obedience is the first duty of a monk, and therefore he was obedient to the elder brethren.

The patience of the saint was amazing: they often reproached him, but he made no complaint and endured every unpleasantness. Saint Euphrosynus pleased the Lord by his inner virtue which he concealed from people, and the Lord Himself revealed to the monastic brethren the spiritual heights of their unassuming fellow-monk.

One of the priests of the monastery prayed and asked the Lord to show him the blessings prepared for the righteous in the age to come. The priest saw in a dream what Paradise is like, and he contemplated its inexplicable beauty with fear and with joy.

He also saw there a monk of his monastery, the cook Euphrosynus. Amazed at this encounter, the presbyter asked Euphrosynus, how he came to be there. The saint answered that he was in Paradise through the great mercy of God. The priest again asked whether Euphrosynus would be able to give him something from the surrounding beauty. Saint Euphrosynus suggested to the priest to take whatever he wished, and so the priest pointed to three luscious apples growing in the garden of Paradise. The monk picked the three apples, wrapped them in a cloth, and gave them to his companion.

When he awoke in the early morning, the priest thought the vision a dream, but suddenly he noticed next to him the cloth with the fruit of Paradise wrapped in it, and emitting a wondrous fragrance. The priest, found Saint Euphrosynus in church and asked him under oath where he was the night before. The saint answered that he was where the priest also was. Then the monk said that the Lord, in fulfilling the prayer of the priest, had shown him Paradise and had bestown the fruit of Paradise through him, “ the lowly and unworthy servant of God, Euphrosynus.”

The priest related everything to the monastery brethren, pointing out the spiritual loftiness of Euphrosynus in pleasing God, and he pointed to the fragrant paradaisical fruit. Deeply affected by what they heard, the monks went to the kitchen, in order to pay respect to Saint Euphrosynus, but they did not find him there. Fleeing human glory, the monk had left the monastery. The place where he concealed himself remained unknown, but the monks always remembered that their monastic brother Saint Euphrosynus had come upon Paradise, and that they in being saved, through the mercy of God would meet him there. They reverently kept and distributed pieces of the apples from Paradise for blessing and for healing.

September 09

Memory of the Third Holy Ecumenical Council in Ephesus

September 14

The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Saint Helen, the mother of Saint Constantine the Great, when she was already advanced in years, undertook, in her great piety, the hardships of a journey to Jerusalem in search of the cross, about the year 325. A temple to Aphrodite had been raised up by the Emperor Hadrian upon Golgotha, to defile and cover with oblivion the place where the saving Passion had been suffered. The venerable Helen had the statue of Aphrodite destroyed, and the earth removed, revealing the Tomb of our Lord, and three crosses. Of these, it was believed that one must be that of our Lord, the other two of the thieves crucified with Him; but Saint Helen was at a loss which one might be the Wood of our salvation. At the inspiration of Saint Macarius, Archbishop of Jerusalem, a lady of Jerusalem, who was already at the point of death from a certain disease, was brought to touch the crosses, and as soon as she came near to the Cross of our Lord, she was made perfectly whole. Consequently, the precious Cross was lifted on high by Archbishop Macarius of Jerusalem; as he stood on the ambo, and when the people beheld it, they cried out, "Lord have mercy." It should be noted that after its discovery, a portion of the venerable Cross was taken to Constantinople as a blessing. The rest was left in Jerusalem in the magnificent church built by Saint Helen, until the year 614. At that time, the Persians plundered Palestine and took the Cross to their own country (see Jan. 22, Saint Anastasius the Persian). Late, in the year 628, Emperor Heraclius set out on a military campaign, retrieved the Cross, and after bringing it to Constantinople, himself escorted it back to Jerusalem, where he restored it to its place.

Rest from labour. A Fast is observed today, whatever day of the week it may be.

September 15

Nikitas the Great Martyr

This Saint was of high birth among the Goths beyond the Danube River. He was taken by Athanaric, pagan ruler of the Goths, and after being tortured, was burned to death for his confession of Christ. According to some, this took place during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great; according to others, under the Emperor Gratian.

September 15

Bessarion of Larissa

Our Holy Father Bessarion* was from a village called Porta Panagia,** near Trikala in Thessaly. He was born in 1490 with the name Vasilios Tsigaridas (or Ganas) and raised by Orthodox parents. While pursuing his studies he became passionately in love with the monastic life at the age of ten. For this reason he went to Metropolitan Mark of Larissa*** and stayed with him for a long time as a novice, then he passed through all the canonical ranks of the priesthood, first becoming a Reader, then a Subdeacon, then a Deacon, then a Priest. After this he was ordained Bishop of Domeniko and Elassona at the age of twenty-seven in 1517.

As the Saint went to his diocese the people would not accept him and drove him away. It is believed this was either due to his young age, or because of a certain rivalry because this diocese had once been made an independent archbishopric, and they refused to be subject to the Metropolitan of Larissa. Therefore they appealed to Patriarch Theoleptos (1513-1522), and they received Archbishop Neophytos, whose body was indissoluble after death. The blessed Bessarion therefore, being an imitator of Christ, did not take to heart the rejection of his people, but took it as an opportunity for quietude, and went once again to live with his spiritual father and elder Metropolitan Mark. There in Larissa he served and healed with his words and actions those who were sick and poor both physically and spiritually.

After serving the people of Larissa in this way for four years, the Diocese of Stagoi (today known as Kalambaka) was without a shepherd. Therefore they asked for the Saint to preside over them as Exarch in 1521, which he did for six years. But this position brought him nothing but trials and tribulations, and it resulted in his exile by one called Dometios. Metropolitan Mark reposed in 1527, and at the request of all the Bishops, Clergy and Laity, Bessarion was elected and made Metropolitan of Larissa in 1522 by Patriarch Jeremiah (1522-1546).

His service as Bishop was marked with many God-pleasing actions, for he cared not only for the spiritual needs of his flock, but also offered them practical help in time of need. He therefore ransomed many who were held captive, and he planned and supervised the construction of a bridge over the Aspropotamos, which was a daring venture that no one before him was able to accomplish due to the increasing waters of that river when it rains, and it still stands as a reminder of his labors.****

He founded and built from the foundations the beautiful Monastery of our Savior Christ, known as Dousikou, in the village of Agios Vissarion (formerly Dusan) in Pyli, along with his brother Bishop Ignatios of Phanarion (1527-1534). This Monastery was later enlarged and embellished by his nephew Neophytos II, Metropolitan of Larissa (1550-1569). Saint Bessarion established this Monastery to be avaton, which means that it is not to receive female visitors, and it remains so to this day.

After having overseen his flock in a God-pleasing manner, Saint Bessarion departed to the Lord at the age of fifty on 13 (or 15) September 1540, after giving his last words and blessings to the clergy and monastics of his diocese from his deathbed. His holy relics were later stolen and sold by a Turk, except for his skull, which was miraculously saved. This sacred skull flowed with abundant myrrh and is a source of numerous miracles, especially healing people of diseases from plague and pestilence to those who flee to him with faith.

The Monastery of Saint Bessarion

The Monastery of Saint Bessarion (Dousikou) is 25 km away from Trikala, near the town of Pyli and in the village of Agios Vissarion (formerly Dusan). The monastery is called Monastery of the Savior of the Great Gate because of its association with the nearby and dissolved today monastery of the thirteenth century, Porta Panagia. It was established between the years 1527-1535, on the site of the ruins of the monastery of 13th-14th century dedicated to Christ. The first church of the monastery was built by the founder Saint Bessarion. With the help of his brother Ignatios they built the Katholikon in place of the old one, and rebuilt in 1557 by Neophytos, who is the second founder of the monastery, and is also given due for the expansion of the cells. The monastery was one of the rich and active monasteries of the area with land in Romania. Tradition says that in its heyday it possessed 365 cells, a bank (1682) and a rich library. In 1771 and 1820 the monastery was plundered by the Turkish-Albanians and in 1823 after the arrest and imprisonment of the abbot of the monastery, followed by the slaughter and looting by the soldiers of Schultze Korytza. The monastery suffered new damage by fire and the bombing of 1943. Today it operates with only a few monks and is inaccessible to women.

Formerly, the entrance to the city walls of the monastery was made by means of a mobile wooden scale, which was pulled up after sundown. Today, the visitor enters the precincts of the monastery through the main entrance, which is located approximately in the middle of the south side. The main building of the courtyard is the monastery church, dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Savior. This is an Athonite type temple with added narthex and exonarthex. Over these spaces are the chapels of the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist and Saints. The hagiography of the Katholikon, the work of painter Georges, was completed in November 1557. Of the three chapels of the monastery, the chapel of the Virgin Mary bears decoration of 1675, the chapel of Saint John the Baptist of 1693 and the chapel of All Saints in 1746. The wood-carved iconostasis of the Katholikon dates back to 1813. The church is surrounded by three-storey buildings with wooden balconies that house the other activities of the monastery. Left of the entrance to the monastery is the Bank. Many of the original buildings of the monastery, like part of the west wing of cells, were destroyed and today have been restored.

The small church and the hostel attached to the west side of the original enclosure of the monastery, were built in the 1960's to accommodate the needs of female pilgrims, which were denied access to the original monastery complex. These needs are now covered in the hostel and chapel built in recent years, a short distance south of the monastery.