(The first one of Holy Week was today. We celebrate it again Monday and Tuesday evenings. I hope the severe weather forecast for Tuesday evening doesn't interfere.) Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, And blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, And again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. Beware, … Continue reading Bridegroom Matins
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion, Thou didst confirm the universal Resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with the palms of victory, We cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of death; Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!
It was a joy to attend the baptism of our two newest members yesterday. Because I had taken the little ones home after Liturgy (Duchess and Pickles had been left at church) I had the rare opportunity of attending a service unencumbered. Many years to the newly-illumined handmaids of God, Photini and Mary, and their … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Baptism
Liturgy was, from my point of view, rough. Moppet was reasonably well-behaved but Mittens had reached her limit. I spent the majority of it outside or in the narthex. It's hard to be so little and at church every day for eight (nine today) days in a row. Since we've had a respiratory virus visiting … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Liturgy
Matins with Lamentations
We usually decorate for Pascha by Holy Thursday. I would prefer to do it Holy Saturday but there's never enough time for anything but the essentials beginning with Holy Friday. We have accumulated various decorations over the years, both gifts and handmade. I let Moppet help decorate the table, using the mostly unbreakable things. More … Continue reading Holy Thursday
Holy Tuesday was... Driving a total of 70 miles in pouring rain, having soaked feet and dashed hopes, fasting more than originally intended, humiliation in fitting rooms, exhaustion, never ending laundry, no time to knit, too few items checked off the list, a sick daughter (who is also the church choir's lead soprano), increasingly dire … Continue reading Holy Tuesday
Before Bridegroom Matins this evening we walked around the church and picked the blackberries that had ripened since Saturday.
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with the branches of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! Blessing the palms before Liturgy: … Continue reading Palm Sunday