Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bright Week

Bright Week in pictures of our table!

Bright Monday: eating brioche bread, chocolates,
and collecting all of our Lent and Holy Week coloring to staple into a keepsake. 

Lou's Holy Friday and Saturday book: page 1) putting Christ  on the cross, 2) decorating the bier,
3) taking Christ off the cross and wrapping him in the white sheet, 4) going under the bier

Bright Monday Lunch: Pizza, chess pie, cracking red eggs

Bright Tuesday Breakfast: Chess pie and salami, cereal and sausage,
paintings from the day before of the ocean, the house and the bier

Bright Wednesday: homeschool with cadbury eggs for each problem answered correctly 
Bright Thursday Lunch: reintroducing vegetables 

Bright Friday: consolidating chocolate and cleaning up...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown.

Praying with my feet - mostly in the hall, but a little in the narthex :)
Christ is risen! We celebrated our first Pascha here in Jackson. Thank God! Of course, I'm in my 40 days and have been home for most of Holy Week, but Father suggested I come sit in the hall or nursery during Pascha if I was up to it. So Mary and I came, and she slept, and I got all teary peeking in at every beautiful moment. I am overwhelmed with how richly this parish has grown, and how much beauty has been given to us.

Also this:
It is when I am concerned about the impingement of others or of circumstances upon my space, upon my desires, upon my preferences, that the fear of death overtakes me, and I am in bondage to my own desires. Ironic, isn’t it? We think that it’s freedom to be utterly unrestrained to pursue our desires, but we are actually enslaved to them, enslaved to every impingement. Every little impingement is a little death, a threat to my identity, a threat to the simulacrum I have incubated and grown in the vat of my expectations, that false self that I mistake for my actual self.
And so I lash out. Because this is not what I want. Because this is the death of that false self I hold so dear.
But resurrection changes everything. My false self can die a thousand deaths at the hands of time, circumstance, competition, and even outright enemies, but I will be raised.  Read the rest from Fr. Stephen Damick

Glory to God for all things!

Christ is risen! Our basket is on the bottom right of the photo. 

Our breakfast table
sweet sleeper and a little doll

And this video is the end of the procession. That's me sniffling at the end. :)

End of the procession during Paschal Matins. Christ is risen!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Holy Friday

 I've been enjoying Holy Week from home this week, hearing about the services through the words of my little ones and my dear husband. I've been preparing foods and baskets and dying eggs, reading Gospel stories to the girls, and just snuggling on baby.

Today I got to sit in the hallway while the kids (and plenty of adults) decorated the bier. I got to peek at the new cross and corpus that members of our mission church made for our first Holy Week. I'm grateful tonight for a quiet night with baby, AFR and beautiful smells and images in my memory.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Coloring pages for Holy Thursday and Friday

I'm home for my 40 days (thank God!), and my husband is managing the older kids on his own this Holy Week. He was anxious about the upcoming services, and asked me to get something together for them. So I put together more last minute coloring pages - these are pretty simple with clip art from other sources.

The page for Holy Thursday (or Holy Friday Matins) has the list of the 12 Gospels and 12 candles. This coloring page is not too complicated, so hopefully it will be easy to put it down when they need to stand, and then color a quick candle in between the gospels.

The Holy Friday page includes some of the words from the antiphon, "Today He who hung the earth upon the waters..." I used some images from Orthodox Arts Journal and other clip art to illustrate the juxtaposition described in the hymn. I think this would be neat to do a little more carefully and clearly with the whole hymn - but this was all I had time for now.

 Downloads are embedded below!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Slow Spring

This week has been a weird mixture of beautiful, spring color and long, slow labor that seems to lead nowhere. I'm exhausted and struggling to keep my peace. I am sure this little one really will come eventually. Perhaps that is just like Lent - our own struggle among long, slow, beautiful growth - the long awaited Pascha. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Louise caught a butterfly, and it left a tiny wing print on her finger.

I was really sure she'd come on Sunday...

Flowers are blooming and we're picking a few to enjoy inside. 

Watching the girls play outside from the porch swing...

Adding each week to our memory verse garden

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Life of St. Mary of Egypt Printable

I'm up late finishing a last minute project for the kids. I wanted to make a coloring page to help the kids get through the long compline service tomorrow. We don't do a lot of coloring pages in services anymore, so we'll see how it goes - but hopefully this will be a good resource for other times, too. It tells her life in comic form. Grab the image to the left, and print on regular letter paper. [It is late, and I've already had to edit a typo once, so let me know if you see any other problems!]

Last year we loved the suggestions from Creative Hands Creative Minds, and made paintings of St. Mary of Egypt. My photos are a little blurry, but these are still some of my favorite saint paintings the girls have made. You can see ours below.

Also, I love this version of her life written for children available here from Frederica Matthewes-Greene.

And we're big fans of Gigi Baba Shadid. Her song about St. Mary of Egypt is great, too!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Salt Dough Kyra Sarakosti

I've wanted to make a salt dough Lady Lent ever since I saw this pretty one, and I thought the girls would be excited about it this year. After looking at pictures, they decided they wanted to color pictures like we usually do. So they did.

And I made a salt dough Lady!

2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1+ cup water

Baked 350 for 30 minutes.

I didn't use a template, just sort of rolled it out and shaped it. I kept the dough kind of thick so it wouldn't break. I brushed water on to make the lentils stick, and mixed a little paprika and water for the rosy cheeks. I drew my cross with a knife and then wet it and filled it with pepper. Much fun! I think the girls will want to play along next year.