The weather this morning was dreadful, with torrential rain.
DH decided we would leave for church a bit later, though the weather didn`t improve any by the wait, expecting to arrive about a third of the way through the service through having to drive slowly. He goes well prepared for this labour of love for his family, with a flask of coffee and the Sunday newspaper to occupy him while we are in Church. :-)
When we got there, we found we were running in offical Orthodox Church Time (ie the service was a bit behind schedule), so there was a gap wherein I could make a much overdue confession.
Having been gently and lovingly but *exceedingly* thoroughly hauled over the coals in my confession, I was blessed to receive the Holy Mysteries.
The service was lovely; seven adults and our youngest two, as well as Father in the small garden Chapel.
Time seemed to fly past, though DH did point out that I did not emerge from the Chapel for two and a quarter hours after I entered in it, which was undoubtedly extended by my confession (LOL) before-hand and me later reading the full post-communion prayers in the Chapel at Presvytera`s request, after other folk had left the chapel in search of much needed cups of tea :-)
Temptation struck at the Agape meal, when Presvytera showed me a glorious new hardback full colour book on the history of icons, which of course meant I felt the urge to whip out my chequebook to buy one !
Apparently it has been made known that there will be only **one** print run of this book, so it was a case of buy it before it`s gone. It is truly wonderful, and worth every penny.
It is called "A History of Icon Painting" by multiple authors including Lilia Evseyeva. It is translated by Kate Cook and published in Moscow 2005 for the English edition.
ISBN is 0-9550089-0-5 and can be obtained from www.orthbooks.co.uk here in Britain @ £19.95.