As we, Orthodox Christians, come to the end of the first week of Great Lent, I thought I'd share something I recently read on battling extraneous thoughts during prayer. It doesn't matter what faith you follow, as Christians we are called to "pray without ceasing". We are called to follow the example of Christ and… Continue reading The Battle With Thoughts
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Today is a Big Day
I've been looking forward to this day for a many weeks, maybe even months. I sometimes ache for it. See, this day happens every single year within the liturgical calendar of the Orthodox Church. Today is what we call Forgiveness Sunday. Today is the day before Great Lent begins. During Liturgy today we read Matthew… Continue reading Today is a Big Day
Grant me to see my own transgressions.
This lent I have tried to focus on 1. The Prayer of St. Ephrem and 2. Finding balance, peace, and looking inside at what I need to change. As I have prayed the Prayer of St. Ephrem over and over and over again this lent, I have been quite convicted with regards to the last… Continue reading Grant me to see my own transgressions.
“Pilgrimage to Pascha”
Yesterday Great Lent began. I love Lent because I feel like I am given a do-over every year. A time to refocus my mind, body, and soul back on Christ. Really focus on Him! I try to stay focused on Him daily throughout the year but let's be honest, it isn't easy with all that… Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Pascha”
Printable Reader’s Services
My daughter is our choir director and has been putting together reader's services for parishioners to print out and use at home. She has been working on these for Holy Week and Pascha and beginning today is allowing me to share them for our family and friends everywhere. I know many people will follow services… Continue reading Printable Reader’s Services
A Special Message
I was blessed beyond measure to join my daughter and our priest to serve the full Canon of St. Andrew Wednesday evening. This was bittersweet. It felt so good to be there in the place I have missed so much but it was empty.These days have been so difficult. And the reality closing in that… Continue reading A Special Message
What about Pascha?
In my last post I shared my husbands thoughts on the very real potential of us not gathering for Holy Week and Pascha. Earlier this week I wrote an article for our Church newsletter that what titled, as this post is titled, "What about Pascha?" in where I share my thoughts and our hopes on… Continue reading What about Pascha?
The Resurrection is Not Canceled!
Wow! We are certainly living in some crazy times, aren't we? How are you all doing? Are you working from home? Essential? Or maybe life hasn't changed all that much for you. The phrase, "This is the lentiest lent I've ever lented" is making it's way around the interwebs. It is so true! One thing… Continue reading The Resurrection is Not Canceled!
Time for a Sale!
Today through Friday, March 27th, we are offering a sale for the entire shop, but most especially our Pascha/Easter cards. Today is the "middlemost point" of the great fast. Look what the hymn at vespers says: "The Fast that brings us blessings has now reached its middlemost point: it has helped us to receive God's… Continue reading Time for a Sale!
Leaping Up With Joy
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been reading the Lenten Triodion a bit each day. It is a rich resource of beautiful hymns and verses. Today it proved to be ever so rich yet again. We have come to the end of our first week of Great Lent. It was a beautiful… Continue reading Leaping Up With Joy