Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Rejoice, our Joy, protect us from every ill by Thy precious Veil.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Grey wet rainy day.
Almost going to Brampton, Almost going home to
Writing rough draft of my proposal.
Feel like the steam has been exhausted out of me.
Lord help us all!
Have had all my candles lit all day.
Felt the day needed it.
Dreamt last night that a parishoner
whose 5 year anniversary of her repose
came back to life
we were all in a big house
and there she was,
peaceful, talking to everyone
We never do get over missing people.
I am just glad in this case that she died
a Christian and when we had her 5 year panakhyda
this past Sunday
and the memorial meal afterwards
it felt so much like no time had passed at all;
like I was back at the first meal for her;
even I dare say like somehow she was really present with us;
I was not the only one that felt this.
May God remember her in His Kingdom
and may we have the mercy to join her one day.
Continuing to pray for Noah.
Soon early in the fast
I will be home.
I am really tired.
Cleaned this morning so that my house
will be clean when I return.
Monday, November 28, 2011
And so it begins;
the count down to Christmas
13 days ago or today
I began reading Fr. Thomas Hopko's
and today was busy
researching for my proposal,
meeting my great job coach about it
and then coming home
calling my Mom
and finding out that somehow I or we or someone
had gotten their wires crossed as it were
and here I thought I was to go to Brampton to see my Oma
tomorrow and had my train ticket booked
and was aghast to find out that my family was coming the day after
and only for one night and then
I did not know if I was going to see my Oma with my family
but Via Rail
changed my ticket to the next day.
Thank you God!
Thank you Via Rail for treating me like a human being
stuck in a jam with the wrong day booked for
I go Wednesday
come back Thursday
work on my proposal on the train both ways
and on Friday
and I fly Saturday afternoon to Michigan.
(Expeida was not so kind and would not change my ticket
to accommodate the new situation I was in
but that too I trust is from God and is for a reason).
I talked with a friend on the phone tonight
about wanting to do the Holy Supper
again this year.
I love how Fr. Thomas Hopko explains
that Christmas is
considered a three-day Pascha;
I am looking forward to entering Church
wearing red and anticipating the coming of our Lord
born in Bethlehem.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
And so it is time to prepare our selves
open our hearts
to let Christ come in.
In the middle of rejoicing,
there is still often pain
in this life.
Please pray for Noah and his parents and siblings.
I was especially touched by Noah's parent's wish
for a good and beautiful cemetery to have Noah's
body laid to rest in.
Please pray that all this can be provided.
I am sure I am not the only one who
has been praying for Noah who has shed tears
about his pain and sudden rapid decline.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
A dear friend came for dinner and
we got Greek takeout and dined in.
I was really blessed by the company and conversation.
Of course Cleo was up to no good
and wanted my food.
Notice the pink IKEA plastic spray bottle in the first picture?
It tells Cleo 'no' better than me
telling her :)
Cleo likes to be near by
esp. when she feels comfortable with my friends.
Which thankfully is usually the case.
I...we... must remember that the main thing we are called to do
is to prayer.
To returning to Christ.
To repentance and asking God for the
grace of repentance.
Asking the Mother of God's intercessions
to her Son
our Lord Jesus Christ
when we struggle or feel afraid.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Recovering from the wonderful weekend.
Thinking of my godchild a lot.
Realized I should clarify one point -
and this may explain why the first communion was
so special for me.
There are lots of Orthodox churches in Ottawa
and my dear friends,
the parents of my godson,
who I have known for many many years,
go to another Orthodox church,
so that was the only Sunday liturgy that I will be taking
my godson too.
I am so grateful for the honour of taking him to his
I was gone a lot of the weekend for the baptism
and had an appointment this morning;
this afternoon has been lots of catch up and clean up.
Today is the feast of Archangel Micheal and Gabriel and
this is a great comfort for me.
I am going to two good friend's house tonight
and am making apple crisp to bake
while we eat dinner
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Communion was very special
two deacons on either side holding the red cloth;
the one deacon is his godfather
and our little godbaby was draped with the red cloth,
given the Blood of Christ,
the very life of Christ
as his godfather said
many times and it was so beautiful
all surrounding with love...
It was such a deep and beautiful time.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Pictures of my favourite tree.
Today is a day that I had to slog to get through.
But the point is that I am getting through.
Learned tonight of a dear friend's father being sick.
Cancer - we knew about it - but he is
more ill from it again.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Resting up today.
I know the rules by now; when you are able
and are exhausted,
Rest to be restored
Sunday, November 06, 2011
This photo cracks me up.
Cleo was a bit out of sorts :)
She's doing fine now.
Do you see the Canadian Flag? :)
This is my walk on my way to the library...