Today's Resurrection Reminders comes a tiny bit earlier than usual. In our services at Church we have a Vespers service each and every Saturday evening. This service is in preparation of the the Sunday Divine Liturgy and it is when we sing all the Resurrectional Stichera hymns. Tonight we sang a hymn that actually mentions… Continue reading Resurrection Reminders
Free Us From Our Sufferings
Today we sang this beautiful hymn, reminding us that our Lord trampled down death, freeing us from our sufferings! Christ is Risen, every day! See Him all around, in His creation. Magnificent, bright, beautiful world.
Such beautiful hymns sung last night. First reminding us that Christ is Risen! One of my favorite things about much of the Resurrectional hymnography is the constant reminder that by rising from the dead, He has conquered death! Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, Who has destroyed the dominion of death! It is such… Continue reading Resurrection Reminder
You Must Not Sorrow
As promised, let's take a look at what St. Seraphim had to say about idleness and despondency. Continuing in the same paragraph we read yesterday about acquiring peace St. Seraphim touches on despondency. In the same way the Saint warned about struggles with despondency, "You should throw off despondency, and strive to have a joyful… Continue reading You Must Not Sorrow
I know I talk about it a lot but it's because it probably is one of my favorite things about the Orthodox Church. Each and every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. We are reminded each week that Christ is Risen! This Sunday is no exception. We sing beautiful hymns at Saturday evening vespers: Christ is Risen… Continue reading Resurrection Sunday
Abound in Hope
Today's scripture reading grabbed my attention. Some days are hard. Really hard. We get discouraged. We lose hope and we despair. The world feels like it is closing in and we are overwhelmed. It is on days like this that I really need my reminders. There are so many reminders to call upon. (And I… Continue reading Abound in Hope
Oh Heavenly King
The Journey to Joy for me involves daily reminders of the presence of God. What is not seen or heard is often forgotten in the rush of our daily lives. So I must fill my days with physical reminders of Him, the Resurrection and the life of all. He Who sustains me. On Sunday, June… Continue reading Oh Heavenly King
From Day to Day!
Good Afternoon, my friends! Awhile back I had mentioned that in my Church we have hymns that we sing throughout the year, particularly on Saturday and Sundays, that remind us "Christ is Risen"! We not only celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter/Pascha, but we commemorate it every single Sunday. It is that important. There… Continue reading From Day to Day!
It's no secret, I love bees! I love bees and flowers, sunflowers most particularly. If you've been reading my blog from the get-go you'll know it's because bees and flowers serve as a reminder that we need to "Be like the Bee", rather then the fly. I've posted on several occasions attesting to this. I've… Continue reading Bees
Happy Friday my friends! This week as I launched my new Instagram account, @kindlerofjoy, which I started way back in March but was too anxious to go "public", I was reminded about my true goal of this adventure. This entire adventure is completely and utterly outside of my comfort zone. Putting myself out there like… Continue reading @kindlerofjoy