https://youtu.be/B9X8XJas86o Can you believe there were only about six people singing, four in the choir?!
Note: No, no one actually had this for breakfast, although I was obliged to hand a Hershey kiss apiece to the little girls when they saw what I was doing. We had so much candy it seemed best to store it in a cereal container.
The children decorated for me on Holy Friday while I was dyeing eggs. I didn't have a chance to examine things properly and take pictures until this morning. This coincided with a visit from friends who were traveling home from visiting family over Pascha. We fixed a brunch for them but the only thing we … Continue reading Bright Monday: Friends and Feasting
I had a lot of fun reading this post from six years ago and the following comments! We still haven’t done the harrowing of hell during Holy Saturday Liturgy, but I hope we do one day!
First, here’s a video I’ve posted before. This is at an OCA church here in America (Birmingham, AL – St. Symeon’s) and the service is Holy Saturday Liturgy, the first Liturgy of the Resurrection. This video was taken during the hymn, “Arise O God”. Bay leaves are thrown. Everywhere. It’s so joyous, just watch it again. (:
Now, this is the video from the Greek church. The chanter is chanting “Arise O God” too and bay leaves are also thrown. However, it’s what happens after the bay leaves are all out and the priests return…
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Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! We had eighty-eight people at Agape Vespers! I'm staggered! Afterward the family received by chrismation yesterday communed for the first time. Then there was a feast, egg hunt gathering, confetti eggs, and a piñata. We brought home a lot of candy. I'm much to tired at this point … Continue reading Agape Vespers
Indeed He is risen! Do not lament Me, O Mother, seeing Me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed; for I shall arise, and be glorified; and, as God, I shall unceasingly exalt all who extol Thee in faith and in love. -Canon of Holy Saturday, Ode 9 Come receive ye … Continue reading Christ is Risen!
What a glorious day despite the fact that a cold front went through literally during church; it dropped at least 13 degrees and a stiff north breeze was blowing by noon. It's going to be COLD tonight! All of those pretty Pascha outfits will be covered with coats, haha.
Holy Saturday is a traditional day to receive converts to the Church. Last year on this day we received a mother and daughter (who have thrown themselves in wholeheartedly!!), and this morning we received a family of eight, parents and six of their children (there are more children but they have married and live elsewhere). … Continue reading Family Chrismation
Seeing that the sun had hidden its rays and the veil of the Temple had been rent at the death of the Saviour, Joseph did approach Pilate and did plead with him crying and saying, Give me this stranger, who from his youth hath wandered like a stranger. Give me this stranger, whom his kinsmen … Continue reading Holy Friday Matins with Lamentations