Sunday, December 19, 2010

St. Nicholas Day

The Saint Nicholas Cakes were a hit :)


St. Nicholas Day is one of my favourite days of the year.


My church had a festive meal and it was very joyful.

Here's a picture of the other monastery cat!

Look at all that snow...

This is an icon of St. Nectarios in the monastery chapel;
Some of my close friends and I especially look to his prayers
for healing.
Every day I hear of more people who are ill.
So much need.
But our God is merciful and compassionate
and so we keep praying
as we are able.
I am so glad that there are monasteries.
I know my prayers are not what I wish them to be
so the fact that I can ask monastics for prayers
for others and for myself, my family, etc
is a great encouragement.
Tomorrow morning I have to do a resume for a good part time job
that is due tomorrow.
I fly home tomorrow afternoon.
Please pray for my flight
and that I do not come down with a cold.
I know I am physically exhausted due to the insomnia
I have currently and feel on that
verge between sickness and health.
I am so glad to be going home and that I can rest there.
God willing December 23rd.
Please pray that their flights go smoothly and that
they can get home in time for Christmas!
I thank God for my sister - especially today as it is her birthday!!
Thank you for your prayers.
I thank God for His mercy.


E Helena E said...

Prayers for all travelling!
Prayers for a restorative time with family!
Glad the feast was joyful.
What a beautiful cat (that b&w colouring is more unusual than the tuxedo reverse)

Matushka Anna said...

Safe travels! I'm so excited you'll be home soon with your family. Glory to God!!

Anonymous said...

Came to your site from The Daily Weaving blog. First of congratulations on being the calendar winner. Second, I've decided to follow you. Third, I look forward to reading more of your posts and learning more of the Orthodox faith with you. May the Holy Spirit heal, guide, protect you as you travel, and visit your home. May the Lord grant you special blessings this week. May He comfort and strengthen and renew your body, soul and spirit. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

elizabeth said...

Thank you so much E-H! Did not think about the cat's colouring as unusual until you mentioned it; your right! and it is a really neat cat!

Thank you Mat Anna!! I am so excited! YES, Glory to God!!

Hi NoviceArtist, thanks so much for liking my blog; I'm honoured; you are welcome here. Thank you for the prayers! We all learn together - of course if you want to learn about the Orthodox faith, the best thing is to find a good Orthodox church to visit. :) I am happy to have you here as I blog about my life; God is so good to us; God blesses and protects; may we always seek His face!

Victoria said...

those cakes look SO good.
and I must say, though I'm a west-coast winter wimp, I AM jealous of the east-coast snow for winter.
lovely photos.
safe travels my friend!

GretchenJoanna said...

I pray you sleep better at home :-) . Safe journeying!

RW said...

wishing you a safe journey and some good rest.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Keeping you and your dear family in my journey, Elizabeth !

margaret said...

I showed Miss Tilney the photograph of the cat. She says it is a creature after her own heart unlike all the milksops around here.

Have you see this!

Same cat???

elizabeth said...

thanks all!

Margaret - well that would be one well traveled at! From Romania all the way to Quebec. We may never know... thanks for the link to this - had not seen it before - and I love this monastery in Romania as the Abbess at the monatery in Michgian is origionally from there...