Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.
from the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom
We had lots of people at church–125 was the count I heard. For a community that gets 50-60 people on a good Sunday, that’s huge. Somehow the service was laaate this year. We were sitting down to eat at 4 something and we left early at 5:00. It also poured rain on us, but somehow that wasn’t a problem for most people. I actually found it kind of fun. It apparently hasn’t done that in 20 years of our being Orthodox, so as a novelty it was quite nice.
Lots of people over for dinner yesterday, mostly the single folks, older and younger, who didn’t have anywhere else to go. Delicious food. Only one meltdown. Lots of conversations meandering around.
There were good parts, and there were hard parts and sometimes it’s difficult not to let the good parts get overshadowed by the hard parts. But it’s also true that the Feast happens, regardless of what we experience and feel.
“This is the chosen and holy day, first of sabbaths, king and lord of days, the feast of feasts, holy day of holy days. On this day we bless Christ forevermore (Irmos 8, Paschal Canon).”