Christ is Risen!
I was so blessed to be able to direct our wonderful choir for so many of this past week’s services, singing with them the sometime heart-rending, often joyful, always enlightening hymnography of the Orthodox Church. I was especially privileged to lead the Nocturn and Paschal Matins Saturday night into Sunday morning – what Joy! The choir was lovely and energetic and the music so FULL of all that is Paschal.
Do not lament Me, O Mother, seeing Me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed; for I shall arise, and be glorified; and, as God, I shall unceasingly exalt all who extol Thee in faith and in love.
In his blog post for today at Glory to God for All Things, Father Stephen writes beautifully of the timelessness of Pascha:
In his Revelation, St. John describes Christ as the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (13:8). … the celebration of Pascha is never simply a celebration of something that happened long ago. The event that happened long ago is also the event that happened before there was a creation and the event that will be the culmination of everything in the End.
This is the very heart of Orthodox Christian understanding of the life of the Church. Christ’s Pascha is our very life. It is present to us at every moment and is the source of our life and the truth of our existence. We believe that especially when the Church gathers together for worship, we stand in Christ’s Pascha. Heaven and earth meet and we are united with God in the feast of His Body and Blood. Heaven and earth meet; present, past and future meet with that which is beyond time. The created meets the Uncreated.
Please go check out the whole post – it is lovely!
What have I been doing rather than posting? I wish I had thought to take my camera to some if not all of the services of this last week (check out Close to Home for some amazing Holy Week and Pascha pictures from Molly Sabourin), but I don’t know how that would have worked with me directing. Although the pictures below are all wonderful, they do not include so much of what this last week was.
The rose garden wall is growing … however, no roses yet.
Photo 164: Neighborhood Watch
Anthony’s Birthday Celebration
Photo 165: Baking Day
Photo 166: Quality Control
Photo 167: Egg Dying
Photo 168: Abby’s First Egg
Photo 169: Patience for the Perfect Yellow
Photo 170: Rosie Cheeks and Rosie Egg
Photo 171: Pleased
Photo 172: Not So Sure (He really wanted a yellow egg “like Josie’s”.)
Photo 173: All Anticipation
St. Katherine Orthodox Mission – Pascha 2010
Photo 174: The Eighth Day
Photo 175: Paschal Joy
Photo 176: It’s Huge!
Photo 177: Abby’s First Egg Hunt (We had to wake her up to join the other kids and so she missed the first rush and the easy eggs; however, only finding two eggs – Lizzie gave her another – was good enough for her!)
Photo 178: Christ is Risen!
Photo 179: Mama Lorelli
Photo 180: Is it Really Spring? So cold!
Photo 181: Mama Whispers
The Lorelli Family
Photo 182: Pascha 2010
Today we are recovering and rejoicing and relaxing. Except for Anthony; he had to go to work . What does that look like for the rest of us?
For Lizzie and Jacob it means minimal school (only math and reading), computer games, Nintendo DS play, cartoons, and play time.
For Josie it means more playtime with her big brother and sister.
For Abby it means a (fingers crossed) big afternoon nap!
For me it means sleeping until 9 because everyone slept in, finally getting to catch up on my blog and picture posting, happily realizing that I could make myself a big cheesy quesadilla for lunch rather than having to resort to PB&J (I could have had sausage bread, kielbasa, kulich and cheese pascha again, but I had that for breakfast), making detailed to-do lists of tasks to complete before our trip this Friday but not actually doing much except moving laundry along, maybe even getting out into my craft room to complete the card I started Holy Thursday, but may opt for a cat nap while the baby’s sleeping and the kids are otherwise engaged.
And tonight after Lizzie’s softball game (if it doesn’t get rained out), it means going out to the gourmet burger joint my nose discovered during Lent (came out of a store and was assaulted by the seductive aromas wafting across the parking lot).
Meanwhile, I am still trying to figure out a way to publically convey my Lenten realizations … but after today I won’t have a lot of time to write since I will actually have to start doing the things on my to-DO list. This week, however, I’ll try to bring the camera along.
Indeed He is risen!
And He has given us eternal life;
let us worship His resurrection on the third day!