Tuesday, December 16, 2014
My new work schedule makes writing these reflections a bit difficult. Basically, I am tired all of the time ☺(but I am adjusting) so instead of writing this reflection within a day of my attendance at the Service, it has actually been two weeks since I attended and things that were fresh in my mind then are not in my mind now.
So I have no comment to make on the service. I will say, as I did when I started this post, that I remember it to be a blessing.
That being said, I can't remember much else.
I hope to do better next time.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Listen here for my three minute update on my 155th visit to a Divine Service
As I mentioned in my brief podcast, If you look on the Iconostasis where they have the 12 major feasts of the Church year, you can see that St. Demetrious is "replacing" one of the Icons that is now on the table in the center of the Nave. It is the third Icon from the left. You can read about that here.
Thanks for listening and reading!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Here is a short sound clip where I talk about why I missed Vespers last week!
Monday, November 10, 2014
So I say, go to Church, even if you feel like staying home!
God willing, I'll be there next Saturday!
Monday, November 3, 2014
|Yes, I saw a Mohawk at Vespers; but, more on that later....|
It was great to be back at Vespers after a two week absence- one absence because I was too tired from getting used to a new work schedule (3:30am till noon) and the other absence because Fr. Gary was out of town. It was great, as always. I felt like I've been away from the Psalms so hearing them chanted (and joining in) was a great blessing. There was no homily because right after the Vespers service, Fr. Gary went into a General Confession and that's an extra 15 minutes. Plus, there was a Panikhida before hand so the Faithful were there a little longer than usual. I was sorry to miss the Panikhida which was celebrated for, among other people, my friend +James Patrick Martin. I intended to go but had to do something for my daughter. When I arrived at Vespers, I did light a candle and say a prayer for Jim. And one for myself as well.
Now, about that Mohawk....The Altar server - whose either in high school or college - had what I'd call a modest mohawk. I guess Orthodoxy is always about moderation ☺. He was not completely shaved on the side of his head but there was a distinct mohawk on the top of his head. Why do I say all this? Am I scandalized? No, not at all. I think it's great that everyone is not in a cookie-cutter mold. I went to a very conservative protestant church once where all the people were nice enough but EVERYONE had a suit and a white shirt on and all the ladies looked the same, as well. I am glad that, in Orthodoxy, no such demands are made, and, in all honesty, the mohawk was not so outlandish that it drew too much attention to the wearer.
Next Saturday, God willing, I'll be at Vespers again! I'll report back, then.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
|No, it can't be true!!!!!!!!!|
That was the plan for tonight but, alas, I got this email from Fr. Gary.
So I guess I'll have to try my power-nap next week!Glory be to Jesus Christ!There will be no service this evening (Saturday) at our parish. The Sunday schedule will be as usual tomorrow, including Adult Education Class at 9am and Church School at 8:45am. Next Saturday, there will be Great Vespers with General Confession.Yours in Christ,Father Gary
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I arrived early and, at the recommendation of some of my faithful readers ☺, I lit a candle and offered a prayer. While I was upfront at the Candle Stand, about to light the candle, Tami came by and told me how today is 40 days since +Alexandra reposed. She wanted to let me know how Fr Gary was to lead a service after coffee hour in commemoration of our departed sister and encouraged me to offer my own prayers for Alexandra. I would gladly attend the service but I have something else going on in the early afternoon today.
|one dollar? such a bargain!|
I then turned to the business of lighting my candle. At first I thought that the wick was too short but, after holding it under the flame for a while, it lit right up. All the time I was doing this, my phone was ringing. I glanced at it and it was my wife calling. Since I was in the Nave, I did not pick it up but lit my candle and offered a short prayer. I decided to sit up front by my candle so I could watch it burn during the service. I usually sit in the back so this was a change for me.
Deacon Alexander did give a short homily in which he talked about the hymn "O Gladsome Light," and how the Bishop of Jerusalem would take light from the tomb of Christ make a procession around the Church into the Altar. It was a very good homily.
As I said, it was good to be back again. Next week, I start a new schedule at work and that means I will be working Sundays so I will no longer be attending my protestant parish. Vespers will be more important than ever.
See you next week!