This stichera hymn sung last night really grabbed my attention. So vivid, it brings a bit of excitement to my heart as we know it to be a foretaste of what is to come. We have completed the forty days that profit our souls.Let us sing: “Rejoice, city of Bethany, home of Lazarus!Rejoice, Mary and… Continue reading A Foretaste
This Sunday, a Sunday set aside for preparing our hearts and minds for Great Lent, we read in Matthew 25: 31-46 the parable about the last judgement. The OCA website says, It reminds us that while trusting in Christ’s love and mercy, we must not forget His righteous judgment when He comes again in glory.… Continue reading We Have All Been Healed
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
A little bit of Pascha today. As I talk about in That Feeling, this hymn is how we start our midnight service and procession after receiving the light. It fills me. Joy! Have a blessed week! Christ is Risen....every day!
Today we celebrate my second favorite Great Feast of the Church...the Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross! Absolutely beautiful! We honor the Cross, for by it Joy has come into all the world! I am going to do a kind of "guest post" today by taking the essay from the OCA.org website on The Universal Exaltation… Continue reading The Cross
Happy Sunday! We are out in the woods, as this goes live on the web, worshiping at the altar of His creation. Besides the Feast of the Resurrection itself, there is nothing that fills me with such joy, such awe in my Maker than being out in His creation. Marveling at the beauty. I can't… Continue reading Resurrection Reminders
It fills me with great joy to remind you and by doing so, myself... That Christ is Risen! Every day! Sung just last night at Vespers. Have an amazing, joy-filled week!
It's Sunday! Here is your weekly dose, your reminder, of the Resurrection! Christ is Risen! Everyday! Have a very blessed Sunday. May He Who illumines all, fill you with His joy this day and all week to come!
These Sundays, every Sunday, are focused on the Eucharist and the resurrection. My favorite days because I get to sing of the Resurrection. Of His trampling down death by death. Of His bringing joy into all the world! I love this one because it speaks of Christ Who has "enlightened all creation"! We see that… Continue reading Resurrection Sunday Tone 7
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