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May 6, 2013

Bright Monday

The week after Pascha (Easter for Orthodox Christians) is called Bright Week, so today is Bright Monday.  It's also a very special day because it is the feast of St. George (for those of us who follow the old calendar), which is also the name of our church!

My parents have had a difficult time recently, but made it to church this morning!  I was so glad, because they missed the midnight Paschal service, which is our favorite.  Here is a picture I took of Rob and the girls about 11pm on Saturday, all ready to go...
Olivia holding her candle.
Afterwards, we all broke the fast together.  This cheese pascha, below, was SO delicious and pretty with all the fruit around it!
Sunday we went to have lunch with at my parent's house.  I bought bunny ears for all the girls.
Today, Holy Communion in our church, and then a procession:
Almost everyone had an icon to carry and we walked around the church, Father Pavel and Father Daniel sprinkled the faithful with holy water...it was really beautiful.

7 comments:

Mama Shara said...

I love these glimpses into your church! I love the Easter tradition but we don't celebrate "Easter" as such with our children. We observe Holy Week and Ressurection Sunday, but find it hard to put the "Spring Themes" in as we are in Autumn.

Anna said...

Christ is risen! Wishing you all a happy and blessed Bright Week :D

Martha said...

Thank you, Shara (I understand autumn isn't spring in Australia, but it's still a beautiful time of the year, with the life cycle of trees, to discuss death and new life, for Easter) and Anna (I hope you're having a wonderful Paschal season)! ♥

Jim said...

cute bunny ears!

elizabeth said...

Christ is Risen! So glad you parents were able to be at church for St. George's day! Praying for them daily! Blessed Bright Week!!!

Maria said...

Christ is risen! Many blessed years for St. George! And I wish you a restful rest of the week. You must be tired....

WendyLady@GoodBooks said...

Christ is Risen! I love your procession photos, with the icons and the priest's beautiful vestments. And the bunny ears for your family celebration were such an adorable idea. :)