Saturday, April 19

Great and Holy Saturday...






No matter how well I think I am prepared for Pascha, I am always working on last minute details in the final hours before the midnight Liturgy.  There is a peacefulness to the evening while everyone is sleeping (and I'm so glad when my husband gets in a little snooze between all of his hard work!).  I enjoy putting together our family Pascha basket, adding the final touches to the little surprises that we have for the children, filling the plastic eggs, and putting together a centerpiece for the table.  It was a lovely Holy Week.  All of our parishioners have worked so hard to make this a special Pascha and I am really looking forward to the next forty days of feasting and celebrating!!

Wednesday, April 16

Holy Unction...









Great and Holy Wednsday...




One of my jobs every year is to buy flowers that will be distributed at the Great and Holy Friday Vespers service.  I love picking something pretty out.  For the last two years I have chosen masses of tulips in different colors.  I hope that these open a little bit in the next two days.  We usually put ours in a vase on our little feast day shelf to enjoy during Bright Week.  

I've finally written out my 'to do' list for Holy Week.  It mainly includes giving the house a final cleaning, our menu plan for Pascha, and a shopping list.  Oh, and a running list of those little things that need to be done like find the Pascha Basket cover, prepare something for the potluck on Holy Friday, buy chocolate, etc.

Our Pascha Dinner Menu is as follows:  Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Asparagus, Greek Pascha Bread, and Carrot Cake.  We'll also have goodies from our basket throughout the day.  I bought a lot of the things that we'll need at BJs today and freely admit that an abundance of meat and cheese made it's way into our cart.  Mmmmm!
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