The Entrance of the Mother of God

Tomorrow is the feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God.
With sick children at home I am missing Vespers tonight.
God willing, we will all be able to be at Liturgy tomorrow.
I put together a garland to adorn the icon of the feast.
The flowers are Camellia japonica, ‘morning glow’, I believe.
They have a faint scent of roses.
Fitting, for the Mother of God.
I gave Father directions for placing the flowers around the icon.
I was anxious that he would have trouble and that they wouldn’t stay.
(I didn’t mention that I was also sad that I wouldn’t see them.)
Then Father suggested that I run over to church
 and take care of it myself before he had to leave.
What a blessing!
(I took pictures, of course.)
Troparion (Tone 4)

Today is the preview of the good will of God,
Of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.
The Virgin appears in the temple of God,
In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.
Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice,
O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.
Kontakion (Tone 4)

The most pure Temple of the Savior;
The precious Chamber and Virgin;
The sacred Treasure of the glory of God,
Is presented today to the house of the Lord.
She brings with her the grace of the Spirit,
Therefore, the angels of God praise her:
“Truly this woman is the abode of heaven.”
Joyous Feastday!
[Sunday morning update: Duchess got sick again last night and I gave in and am staying home with all of the children. I don’t know who will get sick next and I don’t want to pass this little bundle of joy onto anyone else. Thank you for your prayers.]

9 thoughts on “The Entrance of the Mother of God

  1. the garland is beautiful.
    Feel better soon, all of you.

    p.s. You know the story about the monk who censed (is that the word?) people who were physically absent from the service and skipped others who were physically there but were made invisible to him because they were distracted? It just came to mind.

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  2. So sorry there are still sick children! Someone commented to me that it didn't feel right without all of you, and I agreed. Prayers for speedy recovery all around.
    (And thank you, the cake was GORGEOUS!)

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  3. Athena, yes! I am familiar with that story, It is usually a good reminder for me to be PRESENT in church and not let my thoughts wander.

    LV, I'm glad you liked the cake. (c; I'm only sorry I wasn't there this morning for your chrismation. Many Years!

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