Saturday, April 18, 2009

Last Minute Preparations

It has been a wild few days for the Transposzing family - church, church, and more church (besides our regular work and school obligations). Some of our Pascha preparations have been put off until the last minute. But in these few hours we have been able to accomplish a bunch!

This morning: Vesperal Divine liturgy at church. A beautiful celebration, immediately after which we ran to the closest coffee shop and grabbed a cup of strong coffee to go, and then returned to church to see that appropriate preparations were being made for liturgy tonight.

Then, home to change clothes, drop ElderSon off at his best friend's birthday gathering, hit the grocery store to buy fixins for our Pascha basket, to the liquor store to buy additional fixins (and supplemental refreshments for supper tomorrow night), to the local department store to buy a replacement shirt for DearHusband, whose white shirt I accidentally pitched into the trash about a month ago in a tale too long to tell here. Then home to get some fast-drying varnish on a couple of eggs I made for folks at church to give to them tonight, and to dye our eggs - which should have been done on Thursday or Friday, to bake this year's kulich imposter (blueberry bread which will be all dressed up to look exactly like kulich and which will be part of our Sunday morning breakfast before Agape Vespers), and to do a load or two of laundry.

Now the bread is in the oven, the laundry and varnish on the last pysanky are drying, the beer is chilling, the eggs are dyed and cooling, and DearHusband has found a few minutes to take a nice spring ride on his scooter.

Hoping to get a nap in before we leave for church at about 11 tonight!

Here are a few photos I'll share of the last day or so ...

Here's a photo of the flower-enshrined tomb of Christ, upon which today's liturgy was served, as we met it when we came into church this morning.

For years now I have tried to get a decent photo of the moment at the Saturday liturgy (a liturgy much like western Easter Vigil in some ways) when the priests come through with handfuls of rose petals and bay leaves, throwing them about in a celebratory representation of Christ's victorious triumph over death and the grave. I have yet to get a good shot of this, but you can see here what it looked like afterward... (I am hoping others taking photos at church today got a decent shot, which I'll eventually upload to my church's website photo gallery).

My last pysanky of the year, varnish drying and ready to be blown before tonight.

Our cheese selections for this year's Transposzing Pascha basket. We limited it to 5 varieties this year. We also included a nice hunk of summer sausage, chocolate, some beef jerky for the boys, red eggs, a couple of beers, and some nice crackers.

This year we tried dying our eggs with onion skins that we'd saved up all during Lent, as I mentioned here. And it worked wonderfully! As Deb mentioned, they aren't fire-engine red, but rather a deep, natural red. I love the color! On brown eggs, it's quite like the red used in iconography for the garments of the Theotokos.

I still have a few things to take care of before church tonight, which I hope will include about 20 winks.

I'll try to post soon about our Pascha weekend.


DebD said...

The red eggs look lovely... the Paschal preps sound similar to mine (although we do fried chicken and no beer - I don't like it). We bought 3 types of cheese.

Glorious and joyous feast day to you...

William Weedon said...

Blessed Pascha to you, Cha, and to your family!

Christos anesti! Alithos anesti!

-C said...

Deb -
Wishing you and your family a joyous feast, also!

Pr. Weedon -
Thank you (and as the founders of my parish say, Christos Voskrese! Voistinue Voskrese! (tho I'm not sure how to spell it!)

Emily H. said...

We'll have to try those eggs next year - I love the natural red!

After vespers this morning the kids played a "game" of picking up bay leaves - and they really did have fun doing it!

Al Maseeh Qam! Hakkan Qam!
Blessed Feast to the Transposzing family!

-C said...

Yes, the kids at our church played the same game last year - and this year we gave them bags to put their leaves and petals in - and we had very little clean-up to do afterwards! Why didn't we think of that sooner???

Blessings of the feast to the Harjus!

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

Elizabeth said...

Christ is Risen !
A Joyous Pascha to your family :-)

Your Pysanky are wonderful !

Mimi said...

Christ is Risen!
Beautiful photos!

Andrea Elizabeth said...

Sorry for being so late, but I just had to say that your photos are breathtaking, every one. I also love the iconography in your Church.

Happy Mother's Day.

-C said...

Why thank you - how kind!

We are blessed with beautiful iconography at our church - and I'm very excited because we are getting some new iconography in June - I'll post photos when it's done.

Thanks for your visit!