More pictures from Holy Friday

I do not know if this photo will help Meg to see the structure of our Tomb any better or not, but it is far better than my earlier one. This was taken on Holy Friday, just prior to the Vespers service. This is a closeup that shows more details of the flowers. I did not take this picture.

Here is a shot that one of our choir members took of the Cross after Vespers and before it was pushed up closer to the Tomb. He was on the floor when taking this shot.

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Wooden Floors…

(note: I moved this from a comment in the previous post)

Ms Mutton wrote:

What a beautiful parish you have — it looks very homey. I’m especially impressed by how beautiful it looks with no pews, and with the oriental carpets scattered over the wood floor, something I’ve not seen anywhere else (at the one Russian parish I attended, there were oriental carpets on a marble floor; at Jordanville, the floors are highly polished, but bare, wood).

Our church was built in 1946 as it had outgrown it’s previous building which was an old Protestant church that the immigrant Romanians had been using since 1910. That wooden floor is, well, a little creaky )

We refinished those beautiful floors about 3-4 years ago and we TRIED to not put the oriental carpets back on the floor. The problem was that when people started arriving for Matins and Liturgy – in other words those times when people started entering the Nave at the same time you couldn’t even hear the choir. The acoustics are quite good in our small church, so between the creaking of the floor boards, the sound of heels on the wood and so forth – one couldn’t hear the choir! So the carpets went back down. Of course, without the carpets the acoustics were even better… it is kind of a shame that we had to put them back but we did.

I will get a better picture tomorrow – or else scan and post a picture that someone else took of the Tomb from Holy Friday.

Flowers at the Tomb

As I promised on Meg’s blog (Muttonings) here are a few pictures taken in our church today before I started cleaning up from last night before Agape Vespers this afternoon. The lights had not yet been turned on, so the lighting wasn’t so great. I could have retaken them later, but just didn’t remember to do so. Please click on the images to go to a larger version so you can see more detail.

Before you look further, there are MUCH better photographs on our parish website – which is found here.

Empty Tomb 2

This shot was taken from the floor in some odd attempt to be artistic. Hmmm that didn’t seem to work really well, so let’s try this again.

I still don’t think you can really see how beautiful it actually is. If I can I will get a better shot with more light, though it may be the flowers are already fading. They don’t last long, sigh… We really perplexed a few floral supply houses with our search for white flowers! They are rather hard to find this late in the year and we didn’t have as many as we have had in the past.

Here are more pictures 🙂

I just like this picture, and you can see some of the beautiful flowers on the Iconstasis.

One last photo – and I like it though there isn’t much light. To me this shot of an empty Nave with no lights turned on seems like it is waiting for us to come and pray. There is also something about being in the Nave alone like this that makes me to remember that it is impossible to truly be alone in church – regardless of the time. I like to remember that we can’t see the spiritual hosts that attend to holy places – and surely more so on Pascha! I will try and remember to get a shot tomorrow, after the priest arrives and the lights are turned on, to see to difference. The light switches are in the altar…

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

Truly He is Risen!

Christ is Risen from the dead
Trampling down death by death
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing Life

And to us He has granted Eternal Life
Let us worship His resurrection on the third day!

There is nothing that I can say to express the profound awe and joy of this most Holy of Days than the words from the Tropar that we will sing for the next 40 days – Pascha! May we all celebrate it in the never-ending day of the Kingdom.