Sunday, April 24, 2011

Russian Easter

Lighting a candle at Our Lady’s and St Matrona’s shrine; a nun chants from the Acts of the Apostles; the tomb with the επιτάφιος/плащаница icon of Christ’s dead body, which the priest carries away during the Midnight Office; the midnight procession around the block (this year in the rain); the deacon at Paschal Matins; Liturgy (Mass); the miraculous icon of St Anne and the blessing of baskets of food in the hall.
Christ is risen from the dead
trampling down death by death
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

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