Faith on Friday: NOT Skipping Pascha/Easter This Year!

DSC_0129Last year about this time I did a post called, “The Things You Miss.” It was about why I was missing Pascha (Easter) for the second year in a row. (The photo is of my husband, Father Basil, tossing bay leaves during the Holy Saturday liturgy.)

I was in Oxford, Mississippi, helping direct the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference. We had to change the date several times until we finally found one that would work for the campus venues and hotel rooms we needed, as well as the schedules of some of the visiting faculty.

In 2012 I missed Pascha because I was in Denver for the birth of my daughter’s first child, Gabby. An event I wouldn’tmiss anything for!

Pascha - Kudrin, Victor 1999, Russia in 1925
Pascha – Kudrin, Victor 1999, Russia in 1925

So, this will be the first time I’ve participated in the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord since 2011, and I’m really looking forward to it. And not just to Pascha, but to Palm Sunday this weekend, and all the wonderful events of Holy Week, which begins on Sunday night with the first of three Bridegroom Matins services at St. John Orthodox Church here in Memphis.


Miloradovitch Sergey (1851 -1943)
Miloradovitch Sergey (1851 -1943)

We’re having internet problems here in our new house, so this will be a short post. Stay tuned next week for Holy Week musings. And remember to send me your Easter essays for my contest, to win a copy of Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, by Wednesday, April 16. Winner(s) will be published here on Friday, April 18!