Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sunday Joys

The incense swirling dreamily in the sun-lit little chapel, and DD4 standing entranced and enthralled as only a four year-old can be, her finger outstretched, tracing the outlines of the incense...........

Hearing her whisper "I want to light a prayer!" and taking her to the candlestand, where she whispers a prayer and oh so carefully lights a candle.......

Watching her stand motionless for most of the service, close to her godmother, observing everything that goes on; and her godmother helping her to make the sign of the Cross at all the appropriate moments (something she does still sometimes get mixed up, especially as she is left-handed)..........

Seeing her stand as close to the Holy Doors as she can from the time of the Great Entrance onwards, in her eagerness to receive the Holy Gifts with her godmother...

Watching our Priest solemnly cense and bow to every single member of the congregation gathered in the small chapel, especially the children....

Smiling at the seamless interchange of the cantor from English to Welsh to Greek at various parts of the service, and hearing my young ones respond in all three languages..........

These were some of the small joys of Church on Sunday, culminating in the privilege of receiving the Most Holy Mysteries with my daughters and my church family.
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2 comments:

magda said...

Thank you. This made my day.

Anonymous said...

Lovely thoughts: thanks for sharing. I find it nice to ponder on the joy and peace found at Divine Liturgy during the week: helps to get through a tough week sometimes.