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Monday, April 28, 2008

First Pascha

After the church was darkened at midnight, the candle of Pascha raised by my husband, singing, "Come receive the unwaning Light!" and we all went in a joyous procession outside, each candle burning brightly in exultation, we went into church to hold the festal Divine Liturgy. After the singing of the first set of the Paschal hymn: "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing Life," a chanter began another hymn: "This is the day of Resurrection..." which ends in the Paschal hymn. After that hymn's pronouncement of "Christ is risen!" I felt the baby move for the first time.

6 comments:

Mimi said...

Oh my goodness, Presbytera, this brought tears to my eyes! Wow. Sniff, sniff!

Christ is Risen!

Elizabeth said...

What a double blessing, for your precious little one to make its presence felt as the Resurrection is proclaimed ! What joy !

God bless you all :-)

magda said...

I felt movement again this morning, earlier in the same hymn. Guess I'll be taking requests ... or at least I should learn this particular hymn!

Virgil Petrisor said...

I think the baby is just angling for the name Anastasi(os/a).

Elizabeth said...

Ooh, shivers! Anastasia or Anastasi would be a great name for the baby!

Threeundertwo said...

Just beautiful! I'm so glad I read this today!