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!
We began Saturday morning with an akathist. Afterward Mother Gabriella of Holy Dormition Monastery in Michigan gave talks in the morning and afternoon on prayer and Christian virtue. Liturgy the next morning for St. Cyril of Jerusalem, our parish saint. Coffee hour afterward on the pavilion. Aren't the next few sweet photos? (That's another small … Continue reading Patronal Feast and Visit from Mother Gabriella
Spring has arrived without a doubt. Of course, from the point of view of some (in the snowy, far north), we went from fall to spring, giving winter a miss. But by our own low standards, winter was here, and now we're bracing for summer. Spring is usually wet, but February saw us receive twice … Continue reading Signs of Spring
Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection, we glorify! -hymn for the third Sunday of Lent, the Veneration of the Holy Cross
The dress Take 2 is done and I'm wearing it now, but haven't really taken photos in it yet. You can still see her baby face here: Moppet gave Indy a lecture the other morning. "Don't scratch people. That's bad. If you don't scratch them, then they'll like you. Don't bite. That's bad. If you're … Continue reading Bits and pieces
This year the pan-Orthodox Vespers was hosted by St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church (AOCANA) in Spring, TX. I'm not sure how many priests from the Houston area were there (mostly only those vested are in the last photo) but the last time I saw that many in one place it was at the cathedral … Continue reading Pan-Orthodox Vespers
We had a joyous Sunday of Orthodoxy! For one, it stopped raining so we could process around the church. I have no doubt that this was the result of a week's worth of fervent prayer. For another, Fr. Gerasim, our diocesan administrator from Dallas, was visiting with us today. I hadn't realized how long it … Continue reading Sunday of Orthodoxy
Today involved starting dress #2, helping Duchess cut out the pieces for her vintage-style apron (she expressed an interest in learning to sew), making bread for church tonight, and taking everyone to this year's first Presanctified Liturgy. Thankfully the rain held off this evening, although I got drenched putting groceries in the trunk around midday.
I was thankful to be able to hear and see most of the service tonight. We had some doors open to catch the breeze and so when I had to stand on the porch with Mittens I could still see in, hear, and sing bits from memory. (Pictures 4-6 were my view.) And it was … Continue reading Tuesday night Canon of St. Andrew
We just wrapped up Cheesefare yesterday and now the Great Fast has begun. I felt like Forgiveness Vespers was unusually well attended this year. Mittens fell asleep shortly after it began which meant I was actually able to stay inside for the whole service. Everyone has been enjoying watching the little puppies grow up week … Continue reading Wrapping up Cheesefare