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  1. Duane Arnold says:

    Remembering our Orthodox brothers and sisters (especially our dear sister, Xenia) who today keep Good Friday as they anticipate the Great Feast of the Resurrection this Sunday…

  2. Xenia says:

    Thank you, Duane. It’s a somber day today but tomorrow, Great and Holy Saturday, is a preview of the joy of Pascha. Tomorrow is the Harrowing of Hell!

    Everybody in our small parish has a job. My job is doing some baking for the special services and also I am given the job of dying 3 dozen red eggs. All done; now I can relax, or relax as much as possible considering there is still about 15 hours of church services yet ahead! Everything in the Christian year anticipates the joy of Easter. If this were Russia there’d be fireworks. Fireworks would be awesome!

    This is the best time of the year.

  3. Em says:

    Dr. Duane @9:28 …. I’ll second that, if i may

    Fireworks? Made me smile- thinking of every Christian lighting firecrackers at sunrise… Hallelujah, everybody, He IS risen!

  4. Xenia says:

    Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Wishing you a Blessed and Glorious Paschal Feast!!!

  6. Xenia says:

    Thank you, Duane!

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The Lutheran Church maintains an Easter season of 2 months, up to and including Pentecost Sunday. ’tis the season to proclaim the resurrection of our Lord. (not to be missed is that every Sunday is the proclamation of His resurrection and victory over death.)

    Even during Lent, the Sundays are feast days and not fast days. One might note that Lent is 40 days as a somber, repentance time – but the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter are 46 days, as the 6 Sundays are excluded.

    I don’t know how others do it, but Lutherans talk about today for instance, as the 2nd Sunday of Easter, where in Lent, we spoke of the 2nd Sunday in Lent. Note the change in prepositions – “of” Easter vs “in” Lent – as the Sundays in Lent are not a part of Lent.

    He is Risen!

  8. Em says:

    Not to ignore this joyous truth of a resurrected Redeemer – He IS risen indeed

    It seems to me that the concerns of Michael’s web site focus (rightly) on what fits the Laodicean church as described in Rev. 3 perfectly.
    Has there been another time in history of the Church, outside of the ancient Laodiceans, that can be so described?
    Just sitting and pondering on a rainy Sunday eve…. ?

  9. Xenia says:

    MLD, slightly different terminology but same idea in Orthodoxy.

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