The '''Church of Sinai ''' is an [[ autonomy| autonomous]] Orthodox Christian church whose territory consists of [[ St. Catherine's Monastery (Sinai)| St. Catherine's Monastery]] (which is located on the Sinai peninsula at the foot of [[ Mount Sinai]] in Egypt), along with several dependencies. The church is headed by an [[ archbishop]] who is traditionally [[ consecration|consecrated]] by the [[ Patriarch of Jerusalem]] and also serves as [[ abbot]] for the monastery. The current hierarch is His Beatitude, Archbishop Damian.
==History== The Church of Sinai owes its existence to the Monastery of the Transfiguration (better known as [[St. Catherine's Monastery (Sinai)|St Catherine's Monastery]]). The monastery's origins are traced back to the Chapel of the [[Burning Bush]] that [[Constantine the Great|Emperor Constantine I]]'s mother, Helen, had built over the site where [[Moses]] is supposed to have seen the burning bush. Between 527 and 565, Emperor Justinian I ordered the monastery built to enclose the chapel. The monastery became associated with St. [[Catherine of Alexandria]] through the belief that her relics were miraculously transported there.
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