This weekend the first cycle of services were celebrated at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Humble, TX. The temple and trapeza were built by our parishioner, Liviu Costin, in an amazing labor of love. The iconography is being done by our multi-talented choir director, John Lickwar. This is now a parish of the OCA … Continue reading Blessing a new church
I have multiple parallel projects going on. I didn't even bother to include photos of all of them. The following are the most active projects: I started the little sweater for my niece-to-be. I think it will turn out well. I have an order of toy censers to fill for St. Tikhon's bookstore. With … Continue reading Busy Bee
We're a bit delayed because of the past two weeks of colds/flu, but Pascha lasts 40 days! This morning we did a couple rounds of egg-hunting for Moppet and Mittens. Mittens took it very seriously.
I realized that I am several blog posts behind. January and February have been busy months and I got behind and never caught up. Father and Pickles share a birthday in the first half of January. We decided that we would use our gift cards for the Cheesecake Factory (a gift to all of us … Continue reading January Birthdays
The baptism of George Jacob
On Saturday the child of God, George, was baptized at our parish, St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Father is the godfather and Fr. Joseph Huneycutt was the presiding priest. My photography skills are lacking and the lighting in the church makes taking photos in focus a particular challenge, but the baptism itself was beautiful. Many thanks … Continue reading The baptism of George Jacob
Mittens and Moppet share godparents. Their godmother sent them two Melissa and Doug sets for Mittens's birthday. They enjoyed the wooden cupcake set this morning! Mittens also ate some crayons. I am enjoying some caramel-flavored coffee from Mystic Monk Coffee, a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law. I never put flavored creamers in my coffee so … Continue reading Cupcakes
Theophany vs. Epiphany
Re sharing this from 2013…
In the East, today we celebrate (if we’re on the new calendar – 13 days later for the old calendar); the feast of Theophany, the baptism of the Lord. In the West they celebrate Epiphany, the arrival of the three wise men bearing gifts. There is usually some confusion here, especially for new converts to Orthodoxy from traditions that celebrated Epiphany. It’s an understandable thing. The words sound alike and they’re on the same day. I’m not going to go into this huge discourse on the differences between the two, but here it is in a nutshell:
Theophany is, as I mentioned, the celebration of the baptism of Christ. Some people will wonder why Christ had to be baptized. After all, He is God, right? Right. When Christ entered the waters of the Jordan the water was sanctified.* This is stated in the troparion of the afterfeast. So what…
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The second day of Christmas
Look! I saw this when I looked out the window this morning: A few leaves have turned! After all, it is November, even if I walked out in flip-flops.
I love sunsets.
This one is from last night, as we ate dinner on the patio. (And swatted mosquitoes; still not cool enough to drive them off...)