Sunday, March 11, 2012

Vespers last night ~ Thinking about Icons.

this is what I look like, deep in thought

I walked in a little late last night but I came in and heard the choir and it sounded beautiful! And shouldn't worship to the Almighty God be beautiful? I took my place quickly and started to join in but it was hard to sing because of a sore I have in my mouth, I soldiered on anyway.

It was odd to see (or rather hear) Fr Gary censing the altar. No bells.

I thought of something I heard Fr. Hopko preach on via Ancient Faith Radio. We are Icons of Christ! When the Priest censes the Icons of the Saints and then turns around to cense us the people, do we realize what it is we have to live up to? Anyway, that thought kind of overwhelmed me a bit. Humbled, more like. I guess humility is a good way to feel, especially in lent.

Speaking of Lent, mine is going so well. I have missed the two mid week opportunities of extra services. (I have been exhausted after work) and I am over eating!

That ain't good!

So, hears hoping to a better Lent.


  1. Every Lent is a good Lent. Often, trials seem so much more pronounced during fasting/somber periods, so hang in there! This is the day the Lord has made.

    Since the priest censes the people & the icons, it really does say a lot about how living-on-earth humans (the church militant) & living-in-heaven saints (the church triumphant) are viewed by Orthodox Christians.

  2. Janelle,
    thanks for the encouragement.
    I love the whole idea of us being united with the saints. When I was a Lutheran we used to confess the "Communion of Saints" but it is only now I understand what that means!

  3. I agree, it is humbling to contemplate why we are censed, isn't it?

  4. May the Lord grant you fortitude and strength during the Great and Holy Fast, and also in coming into the fullness of His Church. May the Lord have mercy on all of us sinners during the blessed struggles we endure inside the period of the Holy Fast and outside as well. :)

  5. Mimi,
    Yes it is and besides humbling, a little terrifying!