speaking anaphora

speaking anaphora

  One thing that touched me very deeply many years ago when I met the sisters at our local monastery is their conscious choice of words.  Whenever the Abbess would answer the phone she would say “evlogiete” which is a way of saying hello in the form of “blessings”.  Other times she would answer the phone with “amen” as her greeting.  To say amen is to say so be it.  In other words I am present. Also,...

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small beginnings

small beginnings

  Begin again… every September 1st is the renewal of the Liturgical cycle of the Orthodox Church – this Gladsome Light dawning a new year of Grace. Redeeming the time.  Seeking Christ.  The Scriptures, Grace, a life of mercy and repentance are not only woven through the Liturgy but throughout the tapestry of our lives.  Just as He pursues us, He wants us to seek Him and He wants to be found with our whole heart. Christ is the...

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the beauty of change

the beauty of change

  It happens without fail every year.  I think I only notice it for having lived in this area my whole life.  This past week, the faintest scent of the coming Fall has hung in the early morning dewy air.   You only smell it in the morning.   I don’t know why. A few weeks ago, a little golden angel leaf is the first fallen leaf on the deck.  None of the other leaves have changed color… yet. When I was a young girl, that faint...

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dependable blessings

dependable blessings

  My husband and I have both lived in one geographic area our whole lives and this has really nurtured the blessing of what to expect seasonally, with the assurance of things to come. Even amidst all of our rushing around, seasonal patterns emerge from the blur of the busyness of life.  Like that every late May to early June in our neck of the world, we get tons of iridescent dragonflies hatching from the creeks and fluttering through the...

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anaphora of love

anaphora of love

“Love isn’t something that comes from our hearts, but rather from the heart of God. And this love penetrates our hearts and minds, from where it flows out to others, ultimately returning to God” Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra Monastery the way of the spirit (p.90) + Thine own of Thine...

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shout-out from a stylite

shout-out from a stylite

Icon of Saint Genevieve of Paris and Saint Simeon the Stylite :: photo taken in Church of Saint Etienne-du-Mont Troparion of Saint Genevieve + + + O Shepherdess who guardest the sheep at Nanterre against the horde of wolves and the Scourge of God, thou dost protect the city of the Parisians. O St Genevieve, do not forget to guard thy spiritual sheep even now, from heaven where thou livest after death. On January 3rd, the Orthodox Church...

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