A highlight of St. Thomas Sunday.
https://youtu.be/B9X8XJas86o Can you believe there were only about six people singing, four in the choir?!
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
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. … Continue reading Holy Unction
We've never received eight people at once. Heck, we've never done that many in a year. (Note: this family will be chrismated, not baptized.) As I mentioned previously I am in charge of the candles. I had to make them slightly simpler than usual because of the sheer number. I usually make the candles for … Continue reading Baptismal Candles