Those who read Jodie Anna's lovely blog
will recognize this icon;
the first time I saw her blog and this
icon of the Mother of God
I was overcome with its beauty and tenderness.
So here is how I creatively make icons:
on a very limited budget:
1. find beautiful icon jpeg online
2. borrow and put on flash drive
3. walk to grocery store, print out at Kodak film kiosk for .33 cents
4. go to dollar store with photo icon and match to right frame
colour and size wise
6. have it blessed at church.
Cost: less than $2.00.
Great as gifts...
God has blessed me in so many ways this week and weekend
I can't even begin to tell you all.
After 12 years of my (protestant) spiritual mother's passing
I was finally able to do a panakyda
for her on Saturday before vespers.
Above is the bread I baked for it.
(My first bread ever baked!)
I used my bread machine (my Grandma's old one)
to make the dough
and then ended up phoning different times to my
Ukrainian Ottawa family for
bread making instructions!
I was able to sing part of the service
(with a very inexperienced meek voice,
I've never been in a church choir!!)
with my spiritual father
and it was so beautiful;
I was able to wear some of my finest clothes,
bring the bread, kolivo and wine.
I felt like it was Pascha;
A taste of what I have heard at so many panakhydas:
we grief with hope as Christians
firmly believing in the Resurrection of Christ.
At the same time,
a beautiful woman at my church just lost her mother
after losing her father only 41 days before;
they are separated by an ocean
as both parents were still in Russia.
I am still stunned at the thought of losing one's parents
41 days apart.
Please pray for them.
All I know is we must always pray for each other;
we all go through such suffering in our lives.
Thank God for His mercy,
and that we can reach out in prayer to support each other.