Last Sunday I went to Church! It was the first time in about 18 months, and I was really glad to get there!! My oldest son asked to borrow my van to go to Church and I asked if I could tag along. Father came to my house on Friday so I could go to Confession. So kind of him.
Son attends the Church we used to go to. Long story. Split in parish while we were attending a third parish. We currently are members at the second parish with our original priest. But this Church is much closer and since we are all back in Communion with each other it is feasible to go there.
At any rate, we packed up my wheelchair, I managed a shower, shampoo and dressed up in my Sunday best. Wish I were able to wear a little makeup (no lipstick, of course – makes marks on the icons!).
Managed to enter the Church without “making an entrance,” if you know what I mean [smile].
What rapture! To hear the chants, to see the Icons, to kiss them, to smell the incense, to be censed. To add my croaking (softly!) to the chanting! It was total bliss! Since I am on about my 5th set of translations of the Liturgical materials, some of the chants were difficult for me to follow exactly. But I managed.
It was pure joy to receive Holy Communion with my son and his youngest step-son.
After Church it was nice to see some of my old friends from years gone by. The only problem was that I faded out and “fell apart.” The activity window closed – rapidly and tightly – and I had to go to the car and then home – fast. I would have loved to have stayed and visited with old friends, but it was impossible. I have been recovering for the last week. Slept for 3 days, then slept for 1/2 day for the next 3 days. Now I’m down to 1/4 day. Doesn’t make me very productive.
But, OH! To be able to go to Church again! It was wonderful! and worth it!
The Angel Cried
(chanted in Slavonic by the monks of Valaam Monastery)
(The English follows:)
The Angel cried to the Lady full of grace
Rejoice! Rejoice! O pure Virgin!
Again, I say rejoice!
Thy son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead.
Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!
Shine! Shine! Shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shown on thee.
Exult now, exult and be glad, O Sion.
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos,
In the Resurrection, the Resurrection of thy Son