Thursday, April 30, 2015

Glory to God

It's been awhile since I posted anything. I'm finding my time and my physical resources limited more each day as I near the end of this pregnancy. But there are many things to be thankful for.

Glory to God....

.... for finally being able to wake up before everyone else!
.... for a morning walk - alone.
.... for nice weather
.... for growing and learning children who constantly amaze me.
.... for good books to read.
.... for blooming flowers and nesting birds.

And most of all, Glory to God for my mother, whose birthday it is today. Happy birthday, Mom!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

O Death where is your sting?

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen

From the Paschal homily of St. John Chrysostom

Christ is Risen!!!

Truly He is Risen!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Today Hades cries out groaning

Today Hades cries out groaning:
“I should not have accepted the Man born of Mary.
He came and destroyed my power.
He shattered the gates of brass.
As God, He raised the souls I had held captive.”
Glory to Thy cross and resurrection, O Lord!

Today hath Hades groaned, crying: 
"My power hath vanished, because I received a dead Man as one of the dead, 
but I could not hold him completely.
 Rather, I lost with Him those who were under my reign. 
From the beginning of time I have held control over the dead, but this One raised all." 
Wherefore, glory be to Thy Crucifixion and to Thy Resurrection, O Lord.

Today hath Hades groaned, crying: 
"My power hath been swallowed up; for the Shepherd, crucified, hath raised Adam; 
and those whom I had possessed I lost. 
Those whom I had swallowed by my might, I have given up completely; 
for the Crucified One hath emptied the graves, and the might of death hath vanished."
Wherefore, glory to Thy Cross, O Lord, and to Thy Resurrection.