Thursday, April 23, 2009
Christ is Risen!
We celebrated Pascha (Orthodox Easter) this past Sunday. We had a very nice Holy week and attended as many services as we could. Holy Friday morning we had to brave the weather and take our hour trip down to church in thunderstorms. They were expecting severe weather all day Friday and most of Saturday. We were very blessed in that it seemed to pretty much skip over us. We attended Royal Hours Friday morning, Descent from the Cross Vespers at noon and Lamentations Friday evening. In between the services the youth girls decorated the bier (tomb of Christ). At 11pm Saturday evening we arrived for Rush service, Orthos and Pascha Liturgy. I always enjoy the moment when the church lights are all out and we are standing in the dark and the priest takes light from the vigil light and gives it to the faithful, who are holding candles. After Paschal Liturgy Sunday morning we had our Pascha baskets and red eggs blessed and feasted! We did not arrive back to our hotel room till 4am. Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!