So let us rediscover Lent. A journey, a pilgrimage! Yet, as we begin it, as we make the first step into the “bright sadness” of Lent, we see—far, far away—the destination. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom. And it is this vision, the foretaste of Easter, that makes Lent’s sadness bright and our Lenten effort a “spiritual spring.” The night may be dark and long, but all along the way a mysterious and radiant dawn seems to shine on the horizon.
|My finds from Easter clearance sales!|
This year Orthodox Easter and Western Easter are quite far apart - so if you've already
celebrated Easter, you can store my book recommendations (below) away for next year.
|St. Euphrosynos the Cook (read his story here) on my|
windowsill with some Rock Rose Orchid flowers
gathered on a walk along the horse trail behind my house.
|My favorite chilled drink for Lent: Sparkling|
water with lemon, ginger, and cranberries -
sweetened with a little Stevia.
|My favorite dairy-free hot drink for Lent: Vanilla Chai|
tea with coconut milk and Stevia.
|My Pascha cards arrived in the mail, along with two books that will be|
paired with brightly wrapped German chocolates
for my sweet godchildren!
One Easter morning, after seeing the Easter Rabbit, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt in Grandmom's garden and through her house...
Katy couldn't find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs... Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree -- an Egg Tree!
So began a very special Easter tradition.
|I do an Egg Tree for Pascha every year! (more photos here)|
Although winter threatens starvation, old Katerina gives her hen ("Nina") her precious flower seeds, a gift that surprisingly results in some spectacular eggs for trading, in a folktale about the springtime ritual of egg decorating.
Note at the end of the book: Many of the colors and patterns in this book are adapted from the work of Maria Primachenko, a peasant woman from Kiev whose briliant folk art was praised by Pablo Picasso.
Coming next on my blog: Russia! I'll be observing Holy Week, but as I am able, I'll be working on posting some beautifully illustrated Russian books of Saints and Bible stories, photos from my trip to St. Petersburg, and some fairy tale books I brought back.