As I was reading through Tone 1 Resurrectional hymns for this week I came across a hymn I have never noticed before. This isn't hard to do since there are copious numbers of hymns I have never heard before! But this one in particular was labeled "which is chanted every Sunday after the canon". So...one… Continue reading It is Truly Meet to Glorify Thee
“Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace”
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according… Continue reading “Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace”
Blessed Feast of Theophany
This is one of the most beautiful prayers I have heard and I just had to share it with you all! It was said today as we blessed the creek behind the church. I have added some photos of our outdoor water blessing. The rain stopped just for us today! The emphasis is my own,… Continue reading Blessed Feast of Theophany
Cheerfulness is not a sin!
St. Seraphim of Sarov is one of the most inspiring Christians for me. If you don't know anything about St. Seraphim you can read about him here. When I read his story to my Sunday school class one year ago, as I talked about it in Radiant Joy is Mine back in March, I really… Continue reading Cheerfulness is not a sin!
…and no one will take your joy from you!
In the Orthodox Church during Passion Week leading up to Pascha we have a service on Thursday evening called Matins of Holy Friday. During this service the priest reads 12 Passion Gospel Readings. Each is from one of the 4 gospels and we walk with Christ, step by step, from His last talk with his… Continue reading …and no one will take your joy from you!
That feeling as the lights dim to darkness. The clergy begin to sing “Thy Resurrection, O Christ our Savior, the angels in heaven sing. Enable us on earth to glorify Thee in purity of heart.” The first candle is lit in the altar and the clergy continue to sing. That feeling as the light spreads… Continue reading That Feeling