Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Wow, what a crazy and awesome couple of weeks it has been! We could write numerous blog entries about it, (and maybe we will) but we have to start somewhere. On Palm Sunday weekend we hosted the eparchy's young adult retreat and welcomed into our home a wonderful group of joyful young adults. They all enjoyed learning more about discerning God's will for their lives during talks by young adult Cyril Pinchak, SJ, (from my home parish) a Jesuit scholastic. Bishop John celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday at the Shrine chapel across the street and joined us for a closing brunch.
That evening, our friends Michelle and Chrysostom from Raleigh, North Carolina, drove in to stay with us for the beginning of Holy Week. Our soon-to-be postulant, Jessie, was also able to stay with us all week. On Monday morning Bishop John celebrated Bridegroom Matins in our chapel, and a few parishoners from the Cleveland area joined us as well. We just love this service! (I wonder why...) Fr. Stephen Titko graciously made the trip out to the monastery from Parma multiple times during Holy Week to celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Bridegroom Matins and Matins on Great and Holy Friday with the twelve Gospel readings. It was such a gift to be able to pray many of the services in our own chapel.
|Sr. Celeste, Bishop John and Sr. Julie|
It took a couple of days to recover, but Bright Week has been much more restful! We are so grateful to our Bridegroom for the joy He has given us as He has come forth from the tomb, raising us with Him!
Thanks to Jessie's parents, we now have a video camera and captured many clips of action from Holy Week and Pascha. I am now attempting to edit them into a short video to share with you. Unfortunately our computer is a little slow for the editing program, but as long as I don't throw the computer out the window, hopefully we can share it with you soon! Christ is Risen!!!