Thanks to everyone who voted! Coming in for a close second was, "Monasticism is not about what you can DO, it's about who you ARE. Jessie, you are a tall person." (That was my favorite...) Even without a taller ladder, we successfully hung some Christmas lights. (And yes, we really could use an 8 ft. ladder...! hint, hint) Due to the popularity of our first blog poll, we plan to post more in the future! :)
We are continuing with the preparations for the Nativity of Our Lord, which include not only baking, cleaning and preparation for liturgical services, but also, and most importantly, the transformation of our hearts so that we will have a place to receive Him. May you all have a blessed, grace-filled Christmas!
O faithful, let us celebrate beforehand the nativity of Christ; * let us raise up our minds to Bethlehem, * and we shall be raised up in spirit. * We shall gaze upon the great mystery in the cave: * Eden is opening up, and God is coming forth from the pure Virgin. * He is perfect in divinity and in humanity. * Therefore, let us call out: * O holy God, O unbegotten Father, * O holy and mighty One, O Incarnate Son, * O holy immortal One, O comforting Spirit, * O holy Trinity, glory to You! (Stichera for Vespers, Dec. 20)