April 23, 2014

Christ is Risen!

The Resurrection of Christ, Easter, Pascha...we sing "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and on those in the tombs bestowing life!"  This is the middle of Bright Week, instead of regular morning and evening prayers, we sing the beautiful Paschal Hours.  We sing "Lord have mercy" 40 times and like to sing it in 4 different languages, 10 times each, in English, 
Greek (which is Κύριε ελέησον and sounds like "Kírie eléison"), 
Arabic (which is يا ربّ ارحم and sounds like "Yā Rabbu rḥam") and 
Russian (which is Господи, помилуй and sounds like "Gospodi, pomiloi").
We make eggs red by using yellow onion skins, traditional Russian-style bread, kulich, and here, Olivia puts on raisins on the sweet cheese pascha.
After Liturgy on Bright Monday, we had a procession around the church outside.  It was beautiful weather. 
Two of my nieces with icons of their patron saints:
My little nephew Timothy wore a seersucker handsome!
Elizabeth wearing my sunglasses this afternoon.
Today is my husband's birthday!  We had a wonderful meal together.  My parents brought over cheesecake and I made carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for him.  ♥  My brother-in-law from Canada took some pictures which I hope to add here later.
(yes, they are expecting their 2nd baby, October 9th)


elizabeth said...

many good and wonderful things here! Christ is Risen!!!

Mimi said...

Indeed He is Risen!
Wonderful photos!

GretchenJoanna said...

Is that your new church? It is beautiful. Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! wonderful celebrations all around.

Martha said...

Yes, that's our new church...thank you Gretchen Joanna! ♥ It's been a wonderful Bright week!!!

Heather said...

Love these great photos, especially the church and all your Pascha treats! I tried to make my first Pascha cheese this was a disaster!!! Oh well, still tasted good ;)