Blackwork Cross

Blackwork Cross

This probably is a record for me to complete an entire embroidery project. This was stitched for Anna, and I started this last Thursday, 4 days before her death. I completed it the day after…

Anna always found Blackwork embroidery to be mysterious, and there is something to that. On one hand it is very simple, a single strand of floss that is used to make geometric shapes that fill, and make, other shapes. She did get to see it in progress though, and my rush to complete it means that there are mistakes in the pattern. Some are intentional, a couple are not 🙂 However, I shall not fix them.  Her husband will recieve this as soon as I have framed it properly.

May her memory be eternal!

Memory Eternal

A very good friend of mine reposed yesterday, Memorial Day, of a very swiftly moving liver cancer. Her funeral service will be Thursday evening, on the Feast of the Ascension. While I deeply miss being able to pick up the phone to call my friend, the thought of her funeral service being on Ascension and during the Pascal season is comforting.

I am also trying to complete a cross stitched in Blackwork to either “send along” with her, or to give to her husband (it will be his choice). I will post a photo here when it is completed. It should have been completed tonight, but it seems the closer I get to the end, the slower my progress. I suspect that is because when I finish the project it will be like another “goodbye” to her. She has become like family to me, and is indeed old enough to be my mother. She is greatly loved by all in my parish, and will be sorely missed.

Please pray for the handmaid of God, Anna, who has fallen asleep, and may her memory be eternal.

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…