Monday, June 08, 2009

Palms, Passion, Pascha, Pentecost!
Glimpses of our Mission's Life
from the Vigil for Palm Sunday to Pentecost

On the Vigil of Palm Sunday, we joyfully celebrated Holy Chrismation. Here, a catechumen professes the Orthodox Faith at the Entrance of the Church.

On Great and Holy Friday, we recalled the Passion of Christ our God and venerated His Holy Shroud, also known as the Epitaphios or Plaschanitsa, adorning it with flowers.

Holy Pascha was Glorious! Christ is Risen!
Christos Anesti! Khristos Voskrese!
Al Maseeh Qam! Christos a Inviat! Kriste Aghsdah!

The Blessing of the Baskets after the Paschal Liturgy - meat and cheese in abundance!

Another Chrismation on the Vigil of Pentecost (Trinity Sunday)

The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

After the Festal Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Vespers, everyone was ready for Coffee Hour - especially the little ones.

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,
Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise
By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit -
Through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net.
O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!

(Troparion for Pentecost-Tone 8)