Monthly Archives: February 2012

2.20/12.29 Unexpected Joy (Нечаянная радость)

The Akathist Before the Icon to Our Lady of Unexpected Joy opens with this prayer within a prayer: “Today we, Your faithful people, rejoice in spirit and glorify you, our fervent Advocate. Coming to your most pure image we call, … Continue reading

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Adorned with Precious Gems: Sunday walk, 2/5

Sunday I was carrying groceries home and fretting over a hymn for the Feast of Stephen. The hymn about this first Christian martyr is in the Thomas Hopko book Winter Pascha, a lucky dollar buy at Value Village. I am … Continue reading

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Presentation Day

Check-in time was February 2nd at 3:00. On the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, it was time for a repeat mammogram at the beautiful cancer-care campus downtown. In the end, the Temple priests sent me home … Continue reading

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