Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. I’ve recently lost sight of my big overall goal of writing this blog. I’ve felt lost. Unsure. I’m not sure why. I went through this feeling back in January when I needed to… Continue reading Back Into Focus
On this, the last day of Holy week, the very end of our Lenten Journey to Pascha, I thought I'd share with you a tad about the Journey I took this week. In the Orthodox tradition of Holy Week we walk with Christ through his Holy Passion, each and every day of this week. Several… Continue reading The End of Holy Week
My last post, Psalm 100, really got me thinking. My deepest desire is to seek joy. To mindfully live my life with the joy of the Resurrection in my heart. Joyfully live my life. Psalm 100:2 says, Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. This verse jumps out at me when… Continue reading Gladness
Christ is Risen! In my first post, That Feeling, I proclaim that what I truly want in life is that feeling of joy that one feels on the night of Pascha/Easter as we sing Christ is Risen! I want it all the time! We spend 7 weeks + walking with the church to this glorious… Continue reading Every Single Day
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!
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!
Bright Thursday celebrating the Risen Christ. Looking back at how the kids have grown over several other years of Pascha.
On this Bright Monday in the Orthodox Church I'd like to start by saying--Christ is Risen! These Maxim Mondays are about learning and molding my life around these 55 Maxims for Christian Living (written by Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory). Fr. Thomas did many, many podcasts on so many topics. If you'd like to… Continue reading Maxim Week 4
“To write is human, to get mail: Divine!” ― Susan Lendroth (children's author) It truly is divine to receive a handwritten piece of love in the mail. It spreads joy across the miles. Late last week I created a little nook for myself where I can sit and write. Whether it be letters or cards,… Continue reading Letter Writing Wednesday
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