Thursday, April 20

Bright Thursday

 

In the tomb with the body and in hell with the soul, in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, wast Thou, O boundless Christ, filling all things.   

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Thursday is our busiest day with gym class and violin lessons.  We left early for gym so that I could run a few errands for my sister's upcoming bridal shower, and decided at the last minute to skip gym and have lunch out.  It was a lot of fun and I don't regret our truancy one bit!  

Wednesday, April 19

Bright Wednesday

 
 
 
 
 

Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of death!  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming "Rejoice" to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen. 

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My husband had to visit a hospitalized parishioner today, so the children and I tagged along and wandered around one of our favorite seaside towns.  The children enjoyed looking in the shops, while my favorite part was gazing at the gardens and architecture.  I believe that this was the first time that I have seen Lily of the Valley growing.  I'd like to add a few plants to my garden this coming year.

Tuesday, April 18

Bright Tuesday

 

Before the dawn, Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They heard the angelic voice: “Why do you seek among the dead as a man the One who is Everlasting Light? Behold the clothes in the grave! Go and proclaim to the world: The Lord is risen!” He has slain death, as He is the Son of God, saving the race of men.   

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Today was the first day that we could have a nice breakfast and I really savored it.  I love making toast from the Greek Pascha Bread that I baked on Great and Holy Saturday and frying up some bacon and eggs.  It's such a festive breakfast after fasting for so long.  The weather was beautiful, so we headed out to the boardwalk after lunch, took a walk, and played a little skee ball.   

Aren't those pysanky eggs on my breakfast table lovely?  I won a recent giveaway on Deirdre's Instagram page and am thrilled with them! If you're looking for some beautiful pysanky, check out Daedal Shop

Monday, April 17

Bright Monday

 

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship, the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One! We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, and Thy Holy Resurrection we praise and glorify; for Thou art our God, and we know no other than Thee; we call on Thy name. Come, all you faithful, let us venerate Christ’s Holy Resurrection! For, behold, through the Cross joy has come into all the world. Let us ever bless the Lord, praising His Resurrection. For by enduring the Cross for us, He has destroyed death by death!    

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We had Liturgy this morning and then took the Merry Trio to see Beauty and the Beast.  It was such a beautiful movie.  I read an article on the movie prior to viewing it and felt it was spot on.  Have you seen it?  

Sunday, April 16

Prayer Pal


Every Forgiveness Sunday, our parish draws names from a basket and gets a "prayer pal" to pray for during Great Lent.  I found out that I was Father Daniel's pal last night.  I think that having the highest ranked priest in the Orthodox Church in American praying for me for the last six weeks was the reason I had such a nice Lenten season.

Christ is Risen!




Saturday, April 15

Our 2017 Pascha Basket


Greek Pascha Bread
bacon
Lindt chocolate bunnies
red eggs
feta
pepperoni
summer sausage
sparkling apple cider
mozzarella cheese
Cheese Pascha
 

Our Pascha Menu



Spiral Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
Hard Boiled Eggs
Strawberry Blueberry Trifle (with homemade pound cake)


Great and Holy Saturday


  Every time I open the door, I get a whiff of Pascha.  Buying hyacinths for the porch will forevermore be on my Holy Week to do list.
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