Thursday, April 22, 2010


I was cleaning out some drawers and came across a paper band that had been pulled off some Orthodox Word publications from St. Herman of Alaska Monastery Press. It incorporated several pieces of used papers. They were taped together to create a band that bundled a number of booklets. I had been using it as a bookmark at some time in the past, so I don't know how long it had been sitting there. It has a good word for today.

One page of the three taped pieces is from a random Orthodox Word;page 357:

"...ture, outstanding for a village church, compelled us to admire it for a long time. Then all of a sudden, before our eyes, right beneath our feet, a whole picture opened up--to the left there was a ravine, leading to a valley, We needed to bear right, so as to continue to the opposite edge of this ravine which, by a wide prominence, proceeded upwards, overlaid with bright emerald green in the gentle illumination of the setting sun, and which drew us to itself. We did not succeed in walking a hundred steps when an even more picturesque scene brought us to even greater astonishment. Right beneath our feet, from north to south, a ravine appeared, overgrown here and there with bushes, but for the most part covered with grass. From above, the eastern edges of this ravine were still all illumined by the parting rays of the setting sun, while below the evening shadows had already fallen. Goat paths led all the way to the bottom of this ravine. Luckily for me, I soon saw a small gully, probably left after a spring waterfall. I safely descended along it to the bottom of the ravine. Here at our feet there flowed pure, clear water, but the channel was quite narrow and we crossed it without any difficulty. At once there began a steep upgrade and we began to ascend by a narrow, winding trail. We had to stop two or three times to rest while we were climbing. But what is this water in fenced-off reservoirs? How could It be here on such a steep slope?!

We looked, and before us ran one thin trickling stream, then another, and over there a third, forming a tiny waterfall. This was excellent spring water, pure as crystal, ever so tasty, without any impurities or odor. We climbed upwards and glanced back. The sun departed beyond the horizon, the scarlet of the clouds died down and the evening twilight softly stole upon the earth. O Lord, O Lord--I thought--if only this earthly beauty would enchain my heart forever to the contemplation of eternal, unfading beauty! Scenes from sacred history swept over..."

Beautiful, that a writer of long ago can take one on such a contemporary journey. What a beautiful scrap to find.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Changes in the Air

Christ is Risen!!!

Starting out an Orthodox bookstore (used and new) here, with a Chapel. We will be serving coffee, tea and goodies, great books and heart-full worship during the week. We will be having an occasional speaker in Fr. John on some Fridays followed by a Saturday morning Liturgy. Wow imagine that!! Maybe with a start up around June.

Hoping to gather some people that might be interested in Orthodoxy. We are working on a year's lease and hope it will be very successful! Right now we are jumping the hoops with the Town and Sign group then when we have the idea approved by the Town we will sign a lease. Lots of forms to fill out and hearings ahead of us to get a Special Use permit to do this.

I was thinking that we will be slow moving at first...had an encouraging dream last night. Dreamed there were all sorts of people coming in and out. May God bless the plan and the fulfillment there-of!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Christ is Risen!!!
A Blessed Bright Week to you!