Monday, December 31, 2007

Lost

No, not the program !


I do not currently have a knitting project. I knitted three scarves just before Christmas, and whilst I have wool to make more, I don't actually want to knit any more of them at the moment.

I do feel lost without having any knitting on hand.

I am quite tempted to make myself a prayer shawl, especially as the icon corner is in a room which is not heated for the vast majority of the time..........the extra warmth will be nice.
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The Nicene Creed on BBC Radio

An interesting discussion on the history and role of the Nicene Creed on Radio 4, with Orthodox input from Fr Andrew Louth, can be found and downloaded from here.
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Preparing for Typica





At home today, I prayed the Typica.
It seemed like a good idea to photogrpah the icon corner and the books I was using:-

Orthodox Study Bible for the Gospel reading

Apostolos for the prokeimenon and epistle

Menaion for Troparia and kontakia of the day.

Calendar /Lectionary for the readings and saints.

Printed sheets of the Typica service.

Oh to be able to have all these things in **one** handy volume like the RCs and Anglicans. But if we did, we would probably need a wheelbarrow to move it around :-)
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Hope



I wanted to post this picture as a sign of hope for the New Year.

A young Russian couple, Dimitri and Varvara Artamkin, lost their first baby and had fertility treatment, which resulted in a quintuplet pregnancy. In Russia they were strongly advised to undergo fetal reduction and abort several of the babies. As devout Russian Orthodox Christians, they refused. Varavara's father is an Orthodox priest.
A businessman friend of the family offered to pay for them to go to the UK for specialist care, and the babies - all girls- were born 14 weeks prematurely. They are doing well, and two of them are well enough to be able to be held by their parents. The Russian friend is underwriting all their medical expenses (which will be very considerable) and the parents' living expenses, so there is no burden on the UK government. Despite this, a number of people have commented on the story complaining about these "foreigners" being a drain on the British people. I am concerned that some people in Britain are obviously incapable of reading a story and understanding that in this case there is **no cost** involved to the British public.........

Personally, I find it utterly heartwarming that this young couple placed their trust in God and tried to give all their babies a chance at life. God grant them all Many Years !!!!

Full story - and more photos - here. I would not bother reading the comments :-)
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas

Christmas Day started at 4am with the elephantine thuds of DD3 "tip-toeing" downstairs. This necessitated me getting up to haul her back to bed, as I had only finished wrapping the presents and gone to bed at midnight !
As a concession to her going back to her room (note - not back to bed!) I said she could open her stocking.

This was not a good move.

In her stocking was a Tamagotchi and a gameboy game of Stormbreaker. I know she played with both because I could hear them FOR HOURS. She wasn't noisy; it was just that the house was so quiet every noise was magnified a hundredfold.

I finally gave up and got up at 7am.
I was officially feeling like the Grinch. DH and DD4 got up - with prodding- at 8am to open presents.

I never really got into the Christmas spirit. I just felt flat, jaded, deflated, exhausted and cheesed off. I went through the motions, smiled, paid compliments and set up the Nativity icon and sang the Nativity hymn, but my heart wasn't truly in it, which distressed me no end. This feeling of spiritual malaise has plagued me since halfway through the Fast.

The children loved all their presents, and we headed off to my mum's for Christmas lunch and met up there with the older two daughters and their boyfriends(both of whom are absolute darlings, and I could not wish for my girls to have nicer boyfriends!)

My mum's elderly neighbour joined us for lunch and seemed to have a wonderful time. We were so glad to see him there as we would have hated to think of him being on his own on Christmas Day......

I ended up heading to bed at 8pm, feeling less tham stellar.

On Boxing Day there was a Liturgy at our priest's delightful garden chapel. Even going there, I dutifully kissed the icons and felt ..... flat. I had made my preparation prayers for Communion, but felt so bad that I had mentally decided I should not receive the Holy Gifts.

At this point I should mention that DD3's godmother and DD4's godmother were there, as well as a friend's little girl who was three years old. The children were incredibly well-behaved, and stood still throughout the Liturgy, joining in as much as they were able. My two made bee-lines for their beloved godmothers :-)

For our pre-communion hymn, we sang Adeste Fideles in honour of the Feast.

What finally broke the relentless and devastating stony hardness of my heart(and may God be richly praised for this) was hearing those three children sing their hearts out.

The adults present all made a point of falling silent as it came to each chorus of "O come let us adore Him...." so the only sound was of these three joyous and delightful innocents ages 3, 6 and 9, worshipping and praising God with all their hearts.

It made me cry, and that was the point when I felt that I should indeed approach the Chalice on this Feast, with great fear, trepidation and a childlike trust that God would accept me "just as I am", sinful and broken, lest I indeed fall prey to the ravening wolf of souls mentioned in the Communion prayers.

God was merciful to me and the joy of the Feast truly entered into my heart and soul. It was such a blessing to be able to go to this Liturgy, and it was only possible due to the loving kindness of my husband who willingly sacrificed his whole day to take me to Church because he knew how much it meant to me.

I am truly blessed.
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Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas



A blessed, joyous and Merry Christmas to you all :-)
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A Christmas Blessing



A wonderful visit from DD3's much-loved Godmother today !
DD3 is looking quite unnaturally demure :-)



Part of our extended Church family :-)
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Reindeer Feed







The annual reindeer feed of the deer herd at Margam Park on 23rd December.....
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Catching My Breath

This has been a roller-coaster week.

Today was the last day of school,and I have been at school for at least part of - if not the whole- day, every day this week and most of last, mostly in my capacity as a member of the Parents -Teachers Association.

We have wrapped 150 presents for Santa to give to the children when he visited; helped at the Nursery/Reception Nativity play, attended the Christmas Concert,and prepared refreshments for this afternoon's Karaoke party for the children.

Not to mention getting many our own presents wrapped at home before the children are around to see what I am doing :-)

I am now officially exhausted.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Rhydian as the Phantom

Rhydian singing "Phantom of the Opera" :-)


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More Rhydian

Rhydian singing with Welsh Diva Katherine Jenkins


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Rhydian Was Robbed

This is the man who **should** have won the UK's "X Factor 2007" competition -

Rhydian Roberts, singing O Night Divine.....



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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Our Stove



Our stove in action.
In this photo it is only burning logs, not the paper bricks. I will try to get photos of that soon :-)
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Last Lap

The kids have one more week of school left.

We have the Christmas Concert on Tuesday evening, Santa visits the school on Wednesday so I will be spending at least a large part of Monday and Tuesday helping to wrap the presents the school children will receive then.

Friday is the end of term Karaoke party in school. I can feel my toes curling in horror at the very thought of having to be present..........

On a happier note, we have booked our family ticket to go to Margam Park to see the big Reindeer Feed on Christmas Eve morning. They are really fallow and red deer, with a few very rare Pere David deer, but the children always love it, and it marks the onset of Christmas in our house :-)
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Making Paper Bricks

We decided to recycle our newspapers and generate heat at the same time :-)
First crumple a sheet of newspaper and soak it in water, then pack it firmly into the briquette maker mould.Repeat until the mould is full.
Next, place the draining weight on top and engage the handles. Several compressions later, the water has been squeezed out and the brick can be removed from the mould and left to dry thoroughly before it can be consumed in our wood-burning stove and make our log supply go further !











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Dawn at Fuschl



Webcam image of the dawn at Fuschl am See, Austria, this morning
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Shootings

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the Colorado shootings.

On her last visit to her fiance's parents, DoomHamster went with them to a Christmas service at the Colorado Springs church where the second attack took place.

When we heard the news, we immediately contacted them to make sure they were ok, as DoomHamster's fiance is currently visiting us over here for this Christmas, and all our minds were put at rest to hear that Matt's parents had not been present during the attack, neither had any of Matt and DommHamster's friends and acquaintances .

Lord have mercy on us all.
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Aieeeeee !!!

If you hear a stressed screaming noise in the distance, it is probably me.

1/ DH has had flu and been virtually bedbound for 6 days. Not to mention the disturbed nights shared by the whole family as a result of the coughing, sneezing, nose-blowing etc. He really has been very poorly. Mercifully he is on the mend today.

2/ DD4 woke up late Sunday night with a temperature so high you could practically fry eggs on her back. She had caught daddy's flu. She is now much better today and will hopefully be returning to the haunts of academe on Thursday.

3/ DD3 woke up today feeling ill. Luckily not with flu, and was well enough to come out with me when I took crazy dog for a short walk at teatime.

4/ Letter from school to say that DD4 needs an angel costume for the Christmas concert next week. And it needs to be handed in at school by Thursday. Yesterday I tried on her two old costumes; neither of them fit her. So that meant a half-hour walk to town today to search for one. I did find one, age 5-8.
Got it home and it is too long. So I spent a fair while tacking it up.

5/ DD4 brought her beloved "Kipper the dog" soft toy downstairs and left it unattended on the settee, despite me warning her not to put it down **anywhere**. Needless to say, Basil found it and chewed one ear off completely. The sobs were heart-rending, so whilst in town, I went to the craft shop and bought brown felt so I can make Kipper another ear.

6/ Dear Mother is now mercifully recovering from her gout, even though she is now on so much medication she rattles when she walks.
Yesterday she ventured out to town for the first time in ten days. At the supermarket, whilst she was waiting in line at the checkout, some bozo of an employee overstacked the baskets she was collecting from the checkout and they fell and collapsed against my mother's leg. Mum bled all over the place from the cut, and has now got some truly spectacular bruising. Not to mention the fact that it has really shaken her confidence about going out with help, and she has always been so fiercely independent. Ho hum.

On the good side - we completed all our Christmas shopping except for one person's gift and some stocking fillers for the young ones. Yippee !

Thank heavens for online shopping - with husband and children ill, there is no way I could have physically gone shopping !
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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bottle Tree



I saw this when web-browsing, and thought it was so pretty. Utterly impractical in houses with pets and small kids, but it made me smile :-)
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Happy St Nicholas' Day !

I know this is only just clocking in on St Nicholas' Day, but the wish for you all to have/have had a happy and blessed day is sincere.

I'm just logging in briefly as I have DH home ill with flu, and my mother has been stricken with an horrific attack of gout to add to her many other joint problems,and she cannot walk.
We are waiting on the results of blood tests, to see what medication she can have which will not interact with her many other necessary medications, so I have been with her all day to make sure she has eaten and been cared for..
Prayers would be much appreciated ! DoomHamster has a dental abscess and has had an unpleasant session at the dentist's too........

Tomorrow is the school's Christmas Fayre and I am muchly involved with that too, so tomorrow is likely to be bedlam, LOL.
See you soon.
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Band -Aids

Small adhesive dressings for minor wounds are called Plasters here in the UK.
I know many other countries call them Band Aids.

What I had never seen before is Jesus plasters.
On EBay.
I kid you not.
I was hunting for novelty plasters, as it is a long running family joke for DD2 to have a pack of novelty plasters in her Christmas stocking.
She will NOT be getting Jesus plasters......
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Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Calendar Of Christmas Cookies

Not fasting compliant, but oh so scrummy :-)
http://www.peppermintlane.com/christmas/cookies/index.html
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Friday, November 30, 2007

Acropolis at Night



An unusual view of the Acropolis this evening !
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Too Much Time

I definitely have too much time on my hands.
There is a site which translates from one language to another, and back again, then into another language etc.
You end up with gobbledegook.

I was intrigued what would happen with a prayer........so I tried it out.

Original English Text:
Oh heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who art in all places and fillest all things, the Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come dwell within us; cleanse us from all impurities and of your goodness, save our souls.

Translated to French:
Roi merveilleux d'Oh, édredon de O, l'esprit de la vérité, que
l'art dans tous les endroits et fillest toutes les choses, le trésor
des bénédictions et donateur de la vie, viennent angle de saturation
chez nous ; nettoyez-nous de toutes les impuretés et de votre
qualité, économiser nos âmes.


Translated back to English:
Marvellous king of Oh, eiderdown of O, the spirit of the truth, that
art in all the places and fillest all the things, the treasure of the
blessings and giver of the life, come angle from saturation on our
premises; clean us of all the impurities and your quality, to save our
hearts.


Translated to German:
Erstaunlicher König von OH-, Eiderdaunen von O, der Geist der
Wahrheit, die kunst in allen Plätzen und fillest alle Sachen, der
Schatz des Segens und Geber der Lebensdauer, Winkel von der Sättigung
auf unseren Voraussetzungen kommen; säubern Sie uns aller
Verunreinigungen und Ihrer Qualität, um unsere Inneren zu sichern.


Translated back to English:
Amazing king of OH -, eiderdaunen of O, which spirit of the truth,
which fillest art in all workstations and all things, which treasure
of the benediction and givers of the life span, angle of the
saturation on our prerequisites come; clean for us all pollution and
your quality, in order to protect our inside.


Translated to Italian:
Il re stupefacente dell'OH -, eiderdaunen della O, che spirito di
verità, che arte più fillest in tutte le stazioni di lavoro ed in
tutte le cose, che il tesoro del benediction ed i givers della durata,
angolo della saturazione sui nostri requisiti preliminari vengono;
pulisca per noi tutto l'inquinamento e la vostra qualità, per
proteggere la nostra parte interna.


Translated back to English:
The king narcotic of the OH -, eiderdaunen of Or, than truth spirit,
than art more fillest in all the job stations and all the things, than
the treasure of benediction and the givers of the duration, angle of
the saturation on our preliminary requirement come; it cleans up for
we all the pollution and your quality, in order protect our inner
part.


Translated to Portuguese:
O rei narcotic do OH -, eiderdaunen de ou, do que o espírito da
verdade, do que a arte mais fillest em todas as estações do trabalho
e em todas as coisas, do que o tesouro do benediction e os givers da
duração, ângulo do saturation em nossa exigência preliminar vem;
limpa acima para nós toda a poluição e sua qualidade, em ordem
protege nossa parte interna.


Translated back to English:
The king narcotic of the OH -, eiderdaunen of or, of that the spirit
of the truth, of that the art more fillest in all the stations of the
work and in all the things, of that the treasure of benediction and
givers of the duration, angle of saturation in our preliminary
requirement comes; clean above for us all the pollution and its
quality, orderly protect our internal part.


Translated to Spanish:
El rey narcótico del OH -, eiderdaunen de o, de ése el alcohol de la
verdad, de ése el arte ma's fillest de todas las estaciones del
trabajo y en todas las cosas, de eso el tesoro del benediction y los
donantes de la duración, ángulo de la saturación en nuestro
requisito preliminar viene; limpie arriba para nosotros toda la
contaminación y su calidad, ordenanza protege nuestra parte interna.


Translated back to English:
The narcotic king of the OH -, they eiderdaunen of or, from that one
the alcohol of the truth, from that one the art more fillest of all
the stations of the work and in all the things, from that the treasure
of benediction and the donors of the duration, angle of the saturation
in our preliminary requirement comes; above clean for us all the
contamination and its quality, decree protects our internal part.


The mind boggles :-)
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Christmas Past

How on earth does one begin to encompass Christmas memories?
Mine are like a huge tapestry; threads of different colours crossing and criss-crossing each other in a jumble which turns into a glorious picture when you stand far enough away......but because these are my memories, I can't show you the big picture, just some of the gossamer threads of my past.

As a small child, aged about seven, I suppose, I remember drowsing peacefully in my dark bedroom, half awake and wondering what the time was. Would I get Christmas presents ?
Had I been good enough ? Like in most families of my generation, the parents kept the worst of the over-excited children's excesses in check by stern warnings that Father Christmas would not come to badly behaved children who were disobedient or cheeky.......

I heard a step on the staircase, and huddled under the blankets, pretending to be deeply asleep for fear that Father Christmas would find me awake and not leave anything at all ! I felt the thwump of something heavy landing on the blankets perilously close to my feet, and managed to stay still. As I heard the footsteps retreating, I opened my eyes a tiny fraction and saw that the gift bringer had been my mother, and not the elusive Father Christmas.

Was I disappointed ? Not in the slightest. For the "thwump" had been a Christmas stocking, filled with goodies, which by tradition I was allowed to explore as soon as I was awake on Christmas morning as long as I did not disturb the rest of the family.....

Right at the top of the stocking was a big, beautiful rag doll, with embroidered blue eyes and multicoloured yarn hair. She was wonderful, wearing a long delicate flower-print dress and bloomers, and it was love at first sight.I gathered her into my arms with a hugely contented sigh, pulled the blankets around my shoulders and went straight back to sleep without bothering to touch a single thing more until the light was dawning and my mother came into my room to wake me up, smiling when she saw the doll already in my arms.
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Pregnant with my first child, on Christmas Day 1985, my then husband and I went to early morning service at our Church at 8am. It was a cold and crisp morning, which made a change from the normal heavy rain we get at this time of year here in South Wales. There were a handful of families with children at the service amidst the larger number of older couples and elderly folk, and the little ones were clutching tightly to presents which they couldn't bear to leave at home even for the half hour long service.
Early pregnancy sickness had worn off and I was starting to feel really well again, and thoroughly enjoying the pregnancy. I sang the hymns and carols with gusto, only to fall silent with wonder as I felt an unmistakable flutter, like that of a butterfly held within a cupped hand, several times in quick succession, which was the first movements of my unborn oldest child. And that was undoubtedly the most wonderful Christmas present I ever had.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Return Of The Monsters

In our case, namely the Tonsillitis Monster and the Sock Monster.


Poor Helen has been stricken down with strep throat again, so is right back on antibiotics. She has been quite poorly today, bless her.
Abby is down with a streaming cold and chesty cough, so she is also home from school.

The Sock Monster has been at my socks; in four consecutive days, I have developed holes in one of each of the four pairs of socks I have worn, for no apparent reason and all of the pairs of socks were fine when I first put them on. Four days in a row !
That is bizarre...........
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Home as A Monastery

For a wonderful description of what an Orthodox Christian marriage should be like, check out Fr John Moses' superb article "My Monastery" .

You will not regret reading it.
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Quidditch For Muggles

Update:

Anastasia,
My apologies !
Quidditch is a game, played in the air using broomsticks, in the Harry Potter series of books and films. Muggles is the name used in the series to describe folk who are not magical.

It was interesting to see how they adapted a totally fictional game to be playable on the ground in real life.

The link is working for me at present, but you do need to scroll **right down** to the bottom of the link page and the article and further link to the video can be seen there. Hope this clarifies things a little :-)

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I have to say, this sounds brilliant fun :-)


Landbound Quidditch for muggles-read all about it- including watching a video clip- here.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Moscow Webcam

http://www.mdmbank.com/webcam
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Mother Teresa on Loving One's Family

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start."

Mother Theresa

How true this is.
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Monday, November 26, 2007

Sounds and Lights !

This is slightly bizarre but really rather clever :-)
I wouldn't bother reading the YouTube comments though...the language is choice. Ahem.





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Blessings

My husband driving us to Church and waiting patiently for us.

Church running slightly late, so I was able to show DD3 just what Father does at the Proskemidia.

Having the chance to show DD3 properly some of the many icons in Church, and tell her about them. I didn't realise she didn't know about the Raising of Lazarus... she does now :-)

Finding out that my six year old DD4 actually knows at least 75% of the congregational part of the Liturgy off by heart. Gulp. And that she stayed in Liturgy for 95% of the time without a murmur.

And most of all, for the joy of being able to receive the Holy Mysteries with my youngsters and my church family. If only my husband was by my side, my joy would be complete.......
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Liturgical Resources

I am now the happy possessor of the complete Compline Canons to the Theotokos :-)
One for every day of the week, in all 8 tones !

I just need to get them spiral-bound with laminated covers to protect them.

Many thanks to Fr Deacon Mark for ordering them for me !
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Feast Day

A happy and blessed Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos to you all :-)

Most Holy Theotokos, pray for us !
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Heads Will Roll

UPDATE:-
As Dave said in his posted comment.

Not forgetting to mention that it will be this generation of children, when adult, whose taxes will be helping to pay the state pensions of the currently working generation.

It further transpires that it was not a junior official who made a unilateral decision to send this data complete and unencrypted, as we were earlier led to believe; it was actually a decision made at a board meeting at the highest level.
The possibility of stripping out the sensitive information was actually raised, and rejected on cost grounds.
The mind boggles.
I bet this fiasco would not have happened if it had been MP or civil servants whose own confidential data was about to be sent from one department to another :-)

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Someone at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs government department saw fit to send two discs with the names and adresses and bank details of the 9.5 million parents in the UK who receive Child Benefit to another Government department and they were not encrypted nor were they sent by recorded or registered delivery so the shipment could be tracked.


Needless to say, the wretched discs have gone missing, putting every family in the UK at major risk of identity fraud. Every parent in the UK receives this Child Benefit as of right, including the Prime Minister, and will be affected by this fiasco.


What is worse, the names, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers of all 15.5 million children in Britain were also on those missing data discs. So even the children could be at risk of identity theft and fraud over the next few years if that information gets into the wrong hands.

Of course, all this happened a month ago, but the police were only notified on the 15th November and the news only broke last night.

And this lunatic Government thinks it is safe to be given biometric data etc to introduce Identity Cards. If it wasn't so terrifying it would be laughable.
I am not a happy camper at the thought of my family's details and bank information getting in the wrong hands.
Full story here.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Visiting Vatopedi

Obviously it will be impossible for me to ever visit Vatopedi monastery on the Holy Mount of Athos, but this cybertrip is a nice substitute :-)
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Coughs and Sneezles Spread Diseasels

.......as Thomas the Tank Engine would say.

Poor Helen has been stricken by a vile bug, causing her to spend two weeks on Nurofen *and* Paracetamol to cope with the pain of a nasty sore throat, and seven days of Penicillin for the one-sided Tonsillitis.

She has been desperate to get better, as her class re-start their swimming lessons in school tomorrow. She wants to get her 10 metre swimming award :-)

Luckily she seems very much better today, so maybe she can get swimming tomorrow !
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Printing ......

My poor little printer is working overtime at the moment, printing a 78 page downloaded book all about the North American Saints, which will be part of Helen's St Nicholas day gifts !
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Friday, November 16, 2007

Byzantium

For those of you who love history and Orthodoxy :-)

Have you ever wondered what Constantinople must have looked like in 1200 ? I know I certainly have, on many occasions.
This site has computer generated graphics and many other goodies to show what the archaeological remains of many important buildings would once have looked like.

It is well worth a visit !
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Snow in Austria



It is snowing again in little Fuschl am See in Austria :-)
The lake and surrounding mountains have disappeared, LOL.

I log on to see what the weather is doing here most days; it brings back lovely memories of a childhood holiday with my much loved reposed Grandmother ......
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Free Rice Game Continued

More information on the success of the addictive and philanthropic Free Rice game can be found here :-)
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Saints Resource

A truly wonderful resource is the Handbook for Church servers by Bulgakov, which is heroically being translated into English by Fr Eugene Tarris of Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral, Denver, Colorado.

Much of it is now available online, and for information about the lives of Saints, it is invaluable.
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Icon New Media Network

Icon New Media Network has some really interesting stuff on its site, though I haven't yet explored it thoroughly and can't vouch for it all.
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Fr Arseny on Podcast

I am completely out of synch with the Roundup, for which I apologise.
I blame Real Life :-)

Many of you are probably aware of these, but for those who aren't, the book of Fr Arseny is available on podcast !!
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Monday, November 12, 2007

The Asteroid of Death

Prepare to meet thy Doom !
A deadly asteroid is approaching the Earth !
We might all die !

Oh, wait.....we just had a message from a Russian astronomer to tell us it isn't an asteroid at all, just one of our own research satellites which we sent into space in 2004 and promptly forgot about.

Far-fetched ?

If only..... full story here.
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Star Wars

The Star Wars movies are being screened on UK tv week by week, so it was particularly apt to see this brilliant Darth Vader mask hot air balloon photo !
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Help others (and yourself !)

If you go here and play the word game, you can help feed the hungry and also improve your knowledge of arcane and bizarre English words :-)

I'm up to 1710 grains of rice...... be warned, you can spend far too much time playing this !
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Food For Thought

Ever wondered how much people around the world spend on food per week, and how much food they buy ?
Wonder no more !

And for the record, our family of 4 living at home spends £70 ($140) per week on food. And that includes food for the dog and the birds :-)
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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

...went completely down the pan on Monday :-)

DD1 plus fiance and DD2 plus boyfriend were supposed to be coming to my house for evening meal before all going to the firework display en famille.

I cooked my infamous Beef and Beer casserole. Delicious smells fill the house and leave me drooling for hours.

At 5pm, Rob arrives.

At 5.30 (when she should have been at my house) DD2 phones to say the bus is running late and she would be with me soon.
Fair enough; I assume that this means DD1 was with her at that time, given that they work in the same building :-)
Uh-uh.

When DD2 arrives, unencumbered with her sister and the fiance, I was somewhat surprised. it then transpires that DD1 had gone back to her flat to change and to lock up, as fiance does not have the keys.

DD! finally arrives at 6.40pm.

I had fed everyone else except DD1 and her fiance by this point; by this time, I was a gibbering wreck, as we were supposed to be leaving my house at 6.50pm to walk to the display and meet up with some others there.

Not to mention the fact that I had had to cook a vegetarian meal for Rob, something else for DD1, and something else for DD3 who doesn't like food with sauces.
Poor Matt was sat down in front of an enormous plate full of food and a ten minute deadline, but he managed admirably and we were only about 5 minutes late. LOL.

And the fireworks were fabulous :-)
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Raising Kids

Many teach their children about worldly politics, others teach them to speak foreign languages: French, German, Italian, and in this spend no trifling sums. Others endeavor to teach them commerce and other arts. But hardly anyone teaches them to live in a Christian manner.

However, without this, all learning is nothing and all wisdom is madness. For what does it profit a Christian to speak Italian, French and German, if he lives in an ungodly manner? What use is it to be skilled in commerce and the arts if one lacks the fear of God?

God will not ask you whether you taught your children French, German or Italian or the politics of social life--but you will not escape divine reprobation for not having instilled goodness into them.

I speak plainly but I tell the truth: if your children are bad, your grandchildren will be worse, and the evil will thus increase...and the root of all this is our thoroughly bad education.


St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
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Monday, November 05, 2007

Bonfire Night

In response to Anastasia'e question about Bonfire Night :-)


This is shamelessly "lifted" and only very slightly edited:

"In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow upthe Houses of Parliament. Among them was Guy Fawkes, Britain's most notorious traitor.

After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. James I had, after all, had a Catholic mother. Unfortunately, James did not turn out to be more tolerant than Elizabeth and a number of young men, 13 to be exact, decided that violent action was the answer.
A small group took shape, under the leadership of Robert Catesby. Catesby felt that violent action was warranted. Indeed, the thing to do was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King, maybe even the Prince of Wales, and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics.

To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords.
But as the group worked on the plot, it became clear that innocent people would be hurt or killed in the attack, including some people who even fought for more rights for Catholics. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One of the group members even sent an anonymous letter warning his friend, Lord Monteagle, to stay away from the Parliament on November 5th.


The warning letter reached the King, and the King's forces made plans to stop the conspirators.
Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed.
It's unclear if the conspirators would ever have been able to pull off their plan to blow up the Parliament even if they had not been betrayed. Some have suggested that the gunpowder itself was so old as to be useless. Since Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators got caught before trying to ignite the powder, we'll never know for certain.


Even for the period which was notoriously unstable, the Gunpowder Plot struck a very profound chord for the people of England. In fact, even today, the reigning monarch only enters the Parliament once a year, on what is called "the State Opening of Parliament".

Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Nowadays, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition.

On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire."


In many ways, this is actually quite a sad celebration. Here in South Wales, there are loads of Fireworks, but very few Bonfires, and I have not seen an effigy of Guy being burnt for 20 years.

In the English town of Lewes, it is a very different matter. Between 1555 -1557, no fewer than 17 "protestant martyrs" were burnt at the stake there.
Anti-RC feeling still runs high, and along with effigies of Guy Fawkes, effigies of the Pope are still burnt every year, along with those of unpopular locals and politicians.
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Still Here

I know I have been quiet, but I am still around :-)

It has been half-term holiday here, and having taken last week's spiritual advice onboard, I have endeavoured to devote more time to my children.

We spent one day with my mother, and another day we went swimming.
DD4 had a birthday party to attend on Saturday.
Another day was spent shopping.
Plus cooking, cleaning etc.

For Halloween, the young ones dressed up and we played party games at home and carved our pumpkin, who this year has been called "Pumpkinzie". We only had two small groups of revellers knock on our door for Trick or treat.

The week has gone, and my young ones will be going back to school on Tuesday because of a teacher training day on Monday.
So Monday will be devoted to ironing, ready for the frenzy :-0

Though of course Monday evening is Bonfire Night here, so we will be going to the public firework display, weather permitting.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Warning

There is a highly contagious illness out there, folks !
Prepare to giggle!


Check out OMCDI syndrome.
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Fun & Games

Ever wanted to be a surgeon ?
Now you can play simulated open-heart surgery !
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Unnerving

It was a little unnerving, to say the least, to hear a cockerel crow three times whilst Father was reading the pre-Confession prayers for me yesterday after Liturgy :-)

The cockerel (who lives, with his flock of hens) in the garden behind the Chapel had been quiet all through Liturgy !

It was a great blessing to receive absolution, and to receive the Holy Mysteries. It was a good day.
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Daylight Robbery

When we arrived at the Chapel for Liturgy yesterday, my beloved godmother and Presbytera was looking subdued.
Not surprisingly, as whilst working on Saturday, she had been robbed of her purse and mobile phone.


It appears that it was a just out of jail junkie, from snippets of information from other witnesses.We are hopeful the CCTV will have helpful shots of the perpetrator, and that he will soon be apprehended.
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Homesick

When I was about 13, I was taken on holiday to Athens.
I loved Greece, and delighted in being in an Orthodox country and seeing so many churches and shrines.
Reading this gorgeous post about Ochi Day in Athens has made me homesick to go back........
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Friday, October 26, 2007

Erudite or Not ?

Your Vocabulary Score: A+
Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!You must be quite an erudite person.
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Retribution

You may remember I posted about a vile youth who urinated on a lady as she lay dying in the street.
The magistrates referred the case to a higher court so that tougher sentencing could be allowed.

This has now been done, and he has been sentenced to three years in prison. I hope this will serve to teach him some compassion for others.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Walkies

DH and I were on our way home after walking the dog.

We came back through the village, and just ahead of us, I saw a very little girl trip up and land heavily and painfully full length, face down on the paving slabs. The lady who was with her just picked her up, grabbed her hand and carried on walking with her.
This little mite, who was only about 18 months old, was sobbing her heart out and obviously needed someone to dust her down, give her a big hug, look at where she hurt and kiss it better. The person she was with, presumably her mother, just carried on walking with the little girl crying all the way down the street.

I know I should not be judgmental, but I was in tears myself. I am not ever going to be a candidate for the World's Best Mother, but I could not have done that to one of my children when they were that age.
They would have been hugged, kissed, and if necessary, carried for a short while till they felt better. Each step that little girl took would have been causing her pain at that point, having hurt her knees.

I cam home feeling really sad.
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Hard Of Hearing

DH has been complaining recently that he has developed impaired hearing in one ear.
He is right; he has the TV at blasting level, even for me, and I am a bit deaf :-)

He trotted off to the doctor's this morning, wherupon the doctor checked his ears witha n otoscope and told him he had earwax impaction, and would need to use drops three times a day to soften the wax, then have the ear syringed at the nurse's clinic next week.

He then went to the pharmacy to get the prescription filled. When he got home, we literally howled with laughter. I thought he would have been prescribed medication to loosen and partially liquify the wax, as is done by many docs. What he was prescribed was......

OLIVE OIL.

He came home with a 75ml bottle of Olive Oil !!!!!

Up until last year, he would have had to pay in excess of £6 to have this prescription filled. Luckily, prescriptions in Wales are now free, subsidised by the Welsh Assembly.

I would have been cross at having to pay over £6 for a tiny bottle of Olive Oil.
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Pink Day

Today is Breast Cancer Awareness Day at our school. The children are allowed to not wear school uniform provided they wear something pink and make a donation to the charity via the school.

Needless to say, my girls were delighted.
Abby wore pink **everything**.
Helen wore 90% pink

Some of the boys had pink hair gel; some of them couldn't bear the thought of wearing pink items and wore red items instead :-)

Tonight is the Seasonal Disco party at the school. The Head asked the PTA to call it a Seasonal Fancy Dress disco so as not to offend the tender sensibilities of some hardline parents who object to Halloween. We are not a faith-affiliated school, so I don't see why these parents were getting their panties in a wad. They do not have to let their children attend the disco if they feel that strongly, after all.......

The PTA were happy to accede to the head's request; after all, as a Seasonal themed disco, the children can come dressed up as vegetables for Harvest, fireworks for Bonfire Night or Halloween costumes. Plenty of scope there for costumes :-)
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fires From Space

Some horrifying images of the Californian fires are available from Nasa here.

Truly scary.
Lord have mercy and protect all those living in the affected areas, and upon the fire crews who put their lives on the line in order to try and save others. Their heroism is amazing.
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Monday, October 22, 2007

Sputnik Science

Ever fancied making your very own Sputnik satellite ?

This site shows you how.

It is actually surprisingly cheap and simple, but quite how anyone could ever afford to pay to send it into space, I'm not sure :-)
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Savage Britain

I was appalled to read that the thug who deliberately and unprovokedly punched and partially blinded a 96 year old war veteran on a tram has escaped a jail sentence

Purely as a matter of interest, what would be a typical punishment for such a crime where you live ? I sincerely hope that it would be a jail sentence.
People as aggressive, stupid and undisciplined as this man should not be walking the streets knowing they can thump anyone who gets in their way and that they will get away with it........
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Icon Visit

The Kursk Root icon will be touring Britain later this year, much to my delight.
It was whilst praying in front of this icon that St John the Wonderworker reposed.

I wasn't able to go and venerate it when it was last in Britain five years ago.
I really hope to be able to take the girls to see it if it comes within reasonable and affordable travelling distance of South Wales.
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Musings

Apologies for the delay in posting; I plead post-birthday party recovery :-)

Abby's party went extremely well.
We had 24 children and 22 accompanying parents going to the pool in total. We did fill the shallow end completely , LOL.

They had double-booked us, but we were willing to be flexible about going in the pool earlier than planned and the staff made every effort to make Abby's party fun for her. After swimming, the children had ameal in a themed seating area, then into the huge run around/soft play area. We finally got home at 7.30pm and boy, I was ready for bed at that point.

This week is the school's Harvest Festival.
While I applaud the sentiments of encouraging food donations to be FairTrade items, I found it rather sad that fresh fruit and vegetables were forbidden. The elderly folk in the area who will be the beneficiaries of the school's food donations are a traditional bunch who like having fresh fruit and vegetables with which to prepare their own meals.

I don't think having a packet of Fairtrade cookies or sugar is quite the same as having a nice armful of "real food"...............imagine being ill in hospital and someone bringing you a bag of sugar instead of a nice bunch of grapes :-)
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

First Snow in Fuschl


As I have previously mentioned, happy memories of a childhood holiday in Austria prompt me to regularly check the webcam at Fuschl am See.


When I logged on first thing this morning, the weather conditions appeared to be atrocious, but I thought it was just heavy rain and mist I was seeing.

Logging on now, it has just stopped snowing and the rooves of the chalets are white. It looks like they are in for a lot more snow:-)
I would love to go there in the wintertime.
One day !
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Birthdays

Despite Abby's delight in her new bedroom, it is a long way down the corridor from where she used to sleep, and from us. Most nights, although she plays with relish in her room, at bedtime she asks to trot to her sister Helen's room and sleep on the fold-down guest bed there so she has company.

At first I thought Helen might resent the invasion of her space and privacy now she is 9, but to my delight she was thrilled that her little sister wanted to share her room to sleep, and happily reads her bedtime stories after I have done the requested story for that night :-)

So tonight, I supervised teeth-cleaning , made them hot water bottles, helped them kiss their icons, tucked them into bed, said their prayers with them and kissed and blessed them.

Now I have the time to do last-minute preparations for Abby's 6th birthday tomorrow. DH won't be back from working away till Abby's bedtime, but we have ordered a cake, which I will pick up from the baker's tomorrow. DD1 and 2 will be visiting after work tomorrow , as will my mum, to give Abby her presents.

It will be fairly busy, and on Thursday after school will be her swimming party !

My heart is full to overflowing with joy, for I have been so richly blessed in my family.

God grant you Many Years, my precious youngest child !
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The Ikon In The Home

For a glorious article about the role and place of icons in the home in pre-revolutionary Russia, go here.

What a delightful read !
I must keep my eyes open for the book; I already have a copy of his "With the Russian pilgrims to Jerusalem" :-)
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

The English Schindler

An elderly Englishman has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for his work masterminding the safe transport of 700 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to England just before WWII began.

Sir Nicholas Winton worked tirelessly and fearlessly to save as many children from the spectre of the Nazi camps as he could, and at the age of 98, still prays daily for the 200 children he couldn't save, who were on trains due to go to London on the day the Prague borders were closed, the Nazis took over the train and the children were never to be seen again.

Thank God there were such men who were willing to sacrifice their skills, time and very lives , if need be, to save others from harm.
May God richly bless him.
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Friday, October 12, 2007

Widgets

I found an amzing widget the other day.

Have you ever wanted to have your own handwriting as a font for your computer ?
If so, go here and you can buy one for $9 .....

I am tempted :-)
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Schloss Fuschl





One of my fondest childhood memories is visting Fuschl See, in the Salzkammergut region of Austria.

My grandmother, now reposed, walked round the entire lake with me one day, and at the far end of the lake was the Castle, now an extremely exclusive hotel.

I found this photo on the web and just had to post it :-)
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Abortion on Demand

Britain is about to become even more a country of abortion on demand than it is at the moment.

Proposals are being recommended which will allow medical (drug) terminations of pregnancy to be completed "in the privacy of a woman's own home". Far be it for anyone to be put to the incovenience of going to a clinic as they kill their own child, of course.

And this is supposed to be a step forward for society ?

These drugs are only relatively safe compared to the known risks of pregnancy and birth; they are not absolutely safe.
Just wait for the first pregnant 13 year old to die a messy death along with her child at home from the side-effects of these drugs and wait for the howls of outrage.

God help us all.

Full story here
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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Changing Rooms

The real-estate battle over DoomHamster's old bedroom has been settled in favour of Abby moving out of her tiny room into the big room, and Me being given Abby's old room for my very own -albeit tiny- study !

Woo-hoo !!!!!

I currently have a table, chair and small bookcase in there. I need a much bigger bookcase, which I hope to buy this weekend and also some storage boxes for my family history stuff.

Doing the happy dance.........at last I will be able to leave work in progress in a safe place without having to clear it off the dining room table or rescue it from the depredations of the children or the dog !

Abby is absolutely thrilled with her new big bedroom. I am amazed at how much stuff she had managed to cram into her old room :-)
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Jericho

ITV4 has started to show series 1 of Jericho, the post-nuclear bomb survival programme.

I am a happy camper; I have been waiting ages for it to be shown again on TV, as I missed it first time round.

One of the problems of watching so little TV to start with is that I often do miss things that I would have enjoyed.......

Jericho now brings my TV viewing time to *two* hours per week :-)
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pilgrimage to Istanbul

There are some truly glorious photos in Cardinal O'Malley's blog about the Boston RC/Orthodox pilgrimage to Istanbul and St Petersburg, including ones of the Church at Blachernae !

Go have a look.
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Monday, October 01, 2007

DoomHamster Has Left The Building

My precious eldest , the irrepressible and talented DoomHamster, has now moved out of the family home into her own flat a stone's throw away from where she works.

It is an ideal spot for her, and her flat is lovely. She has been very lucky and has been donated a three piece suite, dining table and chairs, cooker, fridge, freezer and bed from various members of the family, so she has had to buy very little.

It is all taking shape very nicely, and DH will be building flatpack bookcases and minor furniture for her next weekend.
She has her icons safe, and is looking for a suitable piece of furniture on which to place them.

Asking the prayers of her heavenly patron, St Tatiana the Martyr of Rome, for her !
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Happy Feast !

I wish you all much joy on the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos !

We have a large icon of the Pokrov, and we celebrate this as our family's patronal Feast.

Tes presyas tou Theotokou, Soter, soson imas !

Through the prayers of the Theotokos have mercy upon us and save us, O lord !
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Speech Therapy

Some of you will know, from previous blog posts and private emails, that DD4 has had quite major speech and language problems for much of her short life so far.
This last academic year, she has had some speech therapy sessions and intensive work with two of the staff at her school, as well as fairly intensive work recommended by the speech therapists , done at home by me.

Last year, she scored on the 5th percentile for sentence structure. I found that utterly heartbreaking at the time.

This year, on her re-evaluation using the same test, she scored 63rd percentile, which is a phenomenal improvement. As her Speech therapist said, she no longer has a problem and many of her normally speech developed classmates would be coming up with scores much lower than that if they were tested.

We are doing the Happy Dance here.
Abby has tried so very hard and been so very patient with all the extra work she has had to do, some of it repetitive and tedious, and now she is able to chatter non-stop.

Two years ago, we feared she would never be able to do this.


My heart is overflowing with thankfulness.
Glory to God for His blessings !
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Wash Day !




Yesterday it was raining, which was a pain considering I had three loads of washing to dry and we don't have a tumble drier :-)

Today, it is a glorious drying day, and yesterday's wash is on the line with another load waiting to go out shortly.

There is something profoundly satisfying about seeing clothes billowing on a washing line. Although wet weather is a nuisance and makes me long for a tumble drier, I would miss not hanging my clothes out to dry.........
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Spam For Thought !

Sometimes, I think that I am so self-centred, stupid, selfish and stubborn that God sees fit to use some interesting tactics to bring me to my senses.

Today I had a spam message which was trapped in my Gmail account Spam trap, which read
"Compliments orthodoxmum, get rid of that self-esteem once and for all."

That is exactly the message I needed :-)

Which I am sure will come as a surprise to the seedy site that generated the message, LOL.
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Cooking Once A Week

I would so love only to have to cook once a week :-)

Read about Supper Swap here !
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Making Money

The new Terry Pratchett Discworld book , Making Money, is out on Thursday.
It stars Moist von Lipwig, our hero from Going Postal.

I hope it is as funny as Going Postal.........

Counting the minutes :-)
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A Sign Of The Times ?

When we get to the stage where a lout urinates on a dying woman in a street and gets his thuggish friends to film it on a mobile phone because he thinks it would be good on YouTube, there is no hope left for this country.

I despair.

Lord have mercy on us all.
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Talk Like A Pirate Day

Today is international Talk Like A Pirate day.

Avast, me hearties ! etc.


Appropriate light-hearted resources for raising your very own young pirate successfully can be found here.
I laughed till I cried :-)


If you have the urge to rent or buy pirate movies, there are plenty listed here.
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It`s Cold

All of a sudden, in the space of 24 hours, Autumn has arrived.

The nights are cold, the early mornings are chilly and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to motivate myself to get out of bed.

Last night I put the secnd duvet on the bed. Now I sleep under a tog rating of 30 and my feet are still cold.
You just can't win !

This morning it is cold and horrible, and raining. Even the tortoise is sulking, and will very soon be going to sleep in the garage till April next year. I'm rather tempted to join him :-)
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"Eruption" on a Violin

Not even in my wildest dreams did I think that anyone could play Eddie Van Halen`s "Eruption" on a violin.
It has been done, people !

Go here to see :-)
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Old Believers

Rather a nice article about the Orthodox Old Believers here.
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Monday, September 17, 2007

Nature, Red In Tooth And Claw



The bird you can just see in the above picture is a female wild sparrowhawk who has just caught and killed a large wood pigeon, a few doors away from my house.


And here she is , in close up.
The glories of zoom lenses and digital zoom :-)
A magnificent hawk indeed, and a very rare photo opportunity of these shy and nervous hunting birds.
Probably my photo of the decade !
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Amish

I have always had a great respect and fondness for the Amish, which is reinforced by this news story showing their committment to rejecting hostility - even when their own children have been killed and maimed by a gunman, they have helped and supported that gunman`s widow.

Christianity in action.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Millenium !

I haven't totally lost my marbles; in Ethiopia, their calendar has just started the new Millenium.

May they have a happy and blessed New Year !
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Boosting Russian Birthrates

Only in Russia could couples be urged to take time off work, stay home and make babies.

I kid you not :-)

If a baby is born on June 12th next year, Russia's national day, the parents will get a prize.

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Orthodox Roundup

Slightly late, for which I apologise :-)

Joshua's parish is featured on Ancient Faith radio !

How clean and well-kept is your spiritual garment ? Go here to find out.

The Cold War seems to have been re-ignited; with a New Jersey parish disagreeing with the decision to reunite with the Moscow patriarchate. Christopher also blogs about how exotic animals are to be found at Orthodox monasteries and about how one should profitably read or listen to the Holy scriptures.

James at Paradosis gives much food for thought, as ever ! Would you have described St John Chrysostom as deserving an R rating ? Only a small town newspaper would write about a weeping icon in such a nice way :-)
James' article on what the post-modern Jesus would do is absolutely brilliant !

Fr Stephen's blog is one of my major sources of quality meditative articles. He has four articles about icons, which I commend:
here
here
here
and here.

His article about communion with Christ and the marriage union is superb.

MaryLeah provides a glorious painting of an Orthodox baptism to illustrate her post , and also tells us about Nestorian Christianity in Ancient China !

Katherine greets us at the start of the New Year with a great resource for teaching our kids about the 12 Great Feasts. Thank you so much for this !

Papa Herman travelled to Platina for the 25th anniversary of the repose of blessed Fr Seraphim Rose and gives us details of podcasts .

Pactum Serva talks about the problems of Sola Fidei as practised by many Protestant groups, and how church growth can be interpreted by statistics.

Jordanville has been blessed by a visit from the Reigning Icon of the Theotokos. Video here.

Till next time !
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Rebuilding

The Orthodox church of St Nicholas, which used to nestle at the base of the Twin Towers before 9/11 is going to be rebuilt.
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Dead Or Alive

The sticky question of when someone is truly dead may be up for re-analysis.

Professor Allan Kellehear of the University of Bath is questioning whether brain death should be used as the major defining criterion for describing someone as dead and then going ahead to harvest their organs.
There will be a conference at Bath this week to discuss issues of "death, dying and disposal".

It is a very interesting article.
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Custody Of The Eyes

...and of the mind and the heart.

Sigh.

I have been thoroughly enjoying reading fanfiction based in JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe.
For the most part, rollicking good fun.

However, I learnt the hard way - Caveat Emptor.

There is much that is loving, good and true in HP fanfic, but equally, there is much which is not. Sometimes it is only when you get a substantial way through the story that you find elements that you really wish were not there.

Don't get me wrong; there are ratings for stories, so you can choose which levels of gratuitous sex and violence you are prepared to read, but even whilst actively avoiding unsavoury stories , you can end up inadvertently reading things you would not buy from a bookstore.
And of course, the temptation is to continue reading, as you have already invested time in reading the preceding XYZ number of chapters.

The universe JKR created contains some horror and violence, but is generally wholesome. Why wannabe authors have to pervert her universe leaves me shaking my head in mystification. I have read some stories which have not been in anyway profitable to my spiritual life.
Sigh.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering.....

9/11.

Memory Eternal to those innocent souls who perished.
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Do You Hate Housework ?

Do You Hate Housework ?

There is an answer !
This elderly couple moved into a hotel 22 years ago and have been there- and loved it - ever since :-)

Oh, I am sorely tempted some days :-)
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Monday, September 10, 2007

DH has gone back to work today; his eye is miraculously almost fully healed after surgery on Thursday evening.
The young ones are back in school, and are thoroughly enjoying their new teachers.

The big ones - well !

DoomHamster is in the process of renting a flat very close to where she works, which will save her time and expense in travelling each day.
I have been lucky that she has been at home for so long, but I will miss her terribly when she moves to her new home.


Last night she and I were discussing things, and she looked at me and said "Just think, Mum, there will be another Orthodox home being set up !" - which is completely true. She will be given her icon of St Tatiana of Rome from the icon corner here to take with her, and she has a lot of her own icons too.

DD2 has taken the plunge and accepted the offer of a well-paid permanent contract with the legal firm where she did her summer job instead of returning to finish her second year of college course (equivalent of A level).
To be honest, she is lucky to get a full time job at all, let alone a well-paid one in our area. Decent jobs are rarer than hens` teeth here, I 'm sad to say.

The house is peaceful, tranquil and tidy - well, till the young ones get home from school !

Have a blessed day, y'all !
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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Nativity Of The Theotokos

A blessed and happy Feast to you all !
I commend to you a truly delightful illustrated post about this Feast from Life at the Onion Dome !

May the Holy Theotokos pray for us all !

Tes presvyas Tou Theotokou Soter, soson imas !
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Friday, September 07, 2007

The McCann Saga

In an amazing twist of events, the doctor mother of missing - apparently abducted- child Madeleine McCann is now a suspect in the case of her daughter`s disappearance, apparently following the results of forensic evidence from the apartment.

If that is the case, it seems very unlikely that the child could still be alive.

Story here.
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Eye Eye !

DH`s surgery went smoothly, and this morning when we removed the dressing, the eye is healing up well with minimal bruising, though there is some swelling . He is pain-free, which is also good, and gad a good night`s sleep.

The last time he had this operation, he had a black eye for a week !
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Back to School

My two young cherubs went back to school today.

Their classmates all looked as if they had grown at least two inches taller over the summer break.
DD3 at age 9 is currently in age 12 clothes for school. I have visions of her being taller than me this time next year, if she carries on growing at this rate !

DH has to have eye surgery this afternoon, so my mum will be looking after the young ones after school whilst I am at hospital with my husband.

It is an outpatient procedure, so we should be home by this evening, God willing.
Needless to say, we are not looking forward to it, though he has had the same procedure done several times before for a recurring problem.
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Pavarotti Is Dead

I was sad to read of the death of the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti today.

He died at home, surrounded by his family, after battling courageously with cancer of the pancreas.

May his Memory be Eternal, and may God grant comfort to his family and friends.
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Drilling for Oil

At least, that is what it felt like at the dentist`s today.

I had an awkward(in his words!) filling to be done, so with the usual huge quantities of novocaine, as my teeth are notoriously difficult to render inert, and my right face from eyebrow down to collarbone numb, he and I were both hopeful of a relatively pain-free experience.

Without boring you with all the distastefully graphic details, it didn`t work, the pain was excruciating and if it wasn`t for the fact he literally had me corralled in a headlock in order to complete the work, I would have made a dash for the exit door, complete with a mouthful of surgical instrumentation attached to every surface.
Except also for the fact he would probably have billed me for the equipment :-)

Thinking about my stress levels, he was probably quite lucky to escape without bodily injury. I of course did none of the aforementioned things, but lay there, fists clenched and with tears running down my cheeks. Especially when he said brightly, "I know it hurts, but it will only take another minute".

It made labour with an OP positioned baby feel like a walk in the park.

And to think I pay for this pain.

I must be mad.......

It was not pleasant. But he is still a darn good dentist !
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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Plague Pit

No, not a trashy horror novel but our family`s health, LOL.

I have a streaming cold and sinusitis.

DD3 has a vile sore throat and a fever.

DD4 woke up last night with raging cystitis so we got very little sleep, what with running back and forth the toilet every ten minutes for a few hours, till her medication started to take effect.

DH has a infected swollen cyst inside his inner eyelid, and will need surgery on Thursday to have it excised.

Mercifully DD1&2 are well.
So far :-)
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Another Milestone

My beautiful second daughter is 18 today.

I simply cannot believe where the time has flown to - it seems like only yesterday that I held her, newborn, in my arms, and watched her smile at me. Now she is an adult- clever, funny, hardworking and loving.

Many Years, My precious sunshine girl :-)
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Saturday, September 01, 2007

St Xenia of St Petersburg

I have a great affection for St Xenia, and was delighted to find this page devoted to her, and also the Akathist :-)

AKATHIST HYMN TO THE HOLY XENIA OF
SAINT PETERSBURG

Kontakion 1
O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favor
ite and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
undergo the struggle of patience and the suffer-ing
of affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Oikos 1
AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
praises which we offer unto you:
Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the
sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to
yourself as dead!
Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name
of your husband, Andrew!
Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, re-nouncing
woman’s weakness!
Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted
voluntary poverty!
Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good
people and to the poor!
Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to
reject the vain wisdom of this age;
Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you
in prayer!
Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
Rejoice, for you preferred mockery and ridicule to earthly
glory!
Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 2
PERCEIVING your manner of life as strange, for your
spurned your home and all worldly riches, your kins-men
in the flesh thought you deranged; but the people of
Saint Petersburg, seeing your humility, lack of acquisitive-ness,
and voluntary poverty, singed unto God:
Alleluia!

Oikos 2
O BLESSED XENIA, you hid the understanding given you
by God under an apparent mindlessness; and amid the
vanity of the great city you lived like a desert-dweller,
unceasingly offering your prayers up to God. And, marvel-ing
at your manner of life, we cry out to you in praise:
Rejoice, for you took upon your shoulder the heavy cross
of foolishness which God had given you!
Rejoice, O blessed one who bore it without hesitation!
Rejoice, for you hid the radiance of grace under an
assumed insanity!
Rejoice, for your foolishness was most wise!
Rejoice, for through extreme humility and feats of prayer
you acquired the gift of clairvoyance!
Rejoice, for you showed forth this gift for the benefit and
salvation of the suffering!
Rejoice, for you beheld the sufferings of the people
clairvoyantly, as from afar!
Rejoice, for your prayers brought relief to those in pain
and distress!
Rejoice, for you prophesied to the good woman the birth
of a son!
Rejoice, for you entreated God, that He grant that woman
a child!
Rejoice, for you hurry to entreat the Lord in behalf of
your neighbors!
Rejoice, for you have taught all to flee to God in prayer!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 3
BY the power given you by God from on high, you
manfully endured burning heat and bitter cold, cruci-fying
your flesh and the passions and lusts. Wherefore,
enlightened by the Holy Spirit, you cried out unceasingly
unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 3
WITH the sky as your roof and the earth as your bed,
O blessed one, you spurned the comfort of the flesh
for the sake of the Kingdom of God. And we, beholding
your manner of life, cry out to you with compunction:
Rejoice, for you gave your earthly home to the people!
Rejoice, for you sought and received the shelter of
heaven!
Rejoice, for you possessed nothing that was earthly, but
enriched all spiritually!
Rejoice, O treasurehouse of the gifts of heaven!
Rejoice, for you accounted every material thing as nothing!
Rejoice, for you were thus freed from every loss!
Rejoice, for you endured hunger and cold in ragged
clothing!
Rejoice, for by your life teach you us endurance!
Rejoice, for you showed forth the love of God for all!
Rejoice, for you have been adorned with the fruits of piety!
Rejoice, for you showed the world patience and guilelessness!
Rejoice, O our fervent intercessor before the throne of
the Most High!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 4
THE tempest of life which assailed Saint Petersburg you
weathered by meekness and guilelessness, O blessed
Mother, and you acquired dispassion toward this corrupt
world; therefore, you sing unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 4
HEARING of you, that, having endured a multitude of
afflictions for Christ’s sake, you comfort the sorrow-ful,
strengthen the weak and guide the lost to the straight
path, the suffering hasten to your aid, singing unto you:
Rejoice, for you loved the path of Christ with all your
heart!
Rejoice, for you joyfully bore the Cross of Christ!
Rejoice, for you endured every offense offered you by the
world, the flesh, and the devil!
Rejoice, for you thus emulated the ascetics of the desert!
Rejoice, for you were full to overflowing with the gifts of God!
Rejoice, for you freely bestow spiritual gifts upon those in need!
Rejoice, for you showed love for your neighbors!
Rejoice, for you offered consolation to the suffering!
Rejoice, for you shed unceasing tears of repentance!
Rejoice, for you wipe away the tears of those who weep!
Rejoice, for you sought neither comfort nor warmth for
yourself!
Rejoice, for you were wondrously warmed by the grace of
the Holy Spirit!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 5
YOUR holiness, O blessed Xenia, was like a divinely
guided star illumining the sky of Saint Petersburg; for
unto all perishing in the madness of sin you showed the
path of salvation, calling all to repentance, that they might
cry out to God: Alleluia!

Oikos 5
SEEING your feats of prayer and your endurance of heat
and cold, pious folk sought to alleviate your sufferings,
offering you clothing and food; but you distributed all these
things to the poor, desiring to maintain your struggle. And
we, marvelling at your voluntary poverty, cry out to you
thus:
Rejoice, for willingly endured burning heat and freezeing
cold the sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you were warmed by the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit!
Rejoice, for you remained continually in prayer!
Rejoice, for you never tire in interceding for mankind!
Rejoice, for by all-night vigils in prayer you preserved
Saint Petersburg from misfortunes!
Rejoice, for many times you averted from it the wrath of God!
Rejoice, for every day of the year you prayed at night in
a field!
Rejoice, for by your fervent tears youwarmed the cold
earth!
Rejoice, for you tasted the sweetness of paradise in
poverty of spirit!
Rejoice, for in this sweetness you left behind all earthly
things!
Rejoice, for you abide wholly in God!
Rejoice, for you delight in the bridal banquet of your
Master!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 6

ALL who have been delivered by you from different
ailments, misfortunes and sorrows - the rich and the
poor, the old and the young - proclaim the holiness of your
life, O blessed one of God; therefore, and glorifying you, we
cry out unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 6
THE GLORY of your struggles shone forth, O blessed
Mother, when at night you secretly carried stones for
those who were erecting the Church of the Smolensk Icon
of the Mother of God, lightening the tasks of the builders;
and mindful of this, we sinners cry out to you such things
as these:
Rejoice, for you teach us to perform virtuous deeds in
secret!
Rejoice, for you call all to feats of piety!
Rejoice, for you aided those who were building the
churches of God!
Rejoice, for you loved the holiness of the Church!
Rejoice, for you labor for the Lord of the vineyard!
Rejoice, for you ease our labors on the path of salvation!
Rejoice, for you continually call upon the name of the
Lord!
Rejoice, O speedy helper of those who have recourse
unto you!
Rejoice, for you have found rest in Christ your Master!
Rejoice, O good comforter of all the sorrowful!
Rejoice, for you sanctified your city by your painful
footsteps!
Rejoice, O eavenly aid of the city of Saint Petersburg!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls !

Kontakion 7
DESIRING to deliver from sorrow the mourning physician who had buried his wife, you commanded a
certain maiden to hasten to Okhta, there to take him as her
husband and to console him. And they did as you said,
singing unto God in joy: Alleluia!

Oikos 7
A NEW WONDER you revealed in your prayer, O
blessed Mother, when you said unto a pious woman:
"Take a five-kopek piece, and it will go out!" thus prophesying
that fire would strike her house; and at your supplication the flame of the fire was extinguished. Therefore,
mindful of these things, we cry out praises unto you:
Rejoice, for you unceasingly grieved over your sins!
Rejoice, for you extinguish the sorrows of the people!
Rejoice, for you bore suffering in body and soul!
Rejoice, for before God you show forth boldness for the
suffering!
Rejoice, O inextinguishable lamp burning brightly in
prayer to God!
Rejoice, O our intercessor amid misfortunes and perils!
Rejoice, for you save from perdition those beset by the
passions!
Rejoice, for you turn pious virgins away from marriage
with unbelievers!
Rejoice,foryoucrucifiedyourfleshwithconstantmortification!
Rejoice, for you deliver from despair those who have
been wounded by a curse!
Rejoice, for your defender was the Most High!
Rejoice, O speedy defender at an unjust trial!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 8
AS A HOMELESS wanderer you trod the path of your
life in the capital city of Russia, bearing afflictions and
reproaches with great patience; and, abiding now in the
heavenly Jerusalem, in joy you sing unto God: Alleluia!

Oikos 8
YOU were all things to all, O blessed Xenia - comfort for
the sorrowful, protection and defense for the weak, joy
for the grieving, clothing for the poor, healing for the sick;
therefore, we cry out unto you:
Rejoice, for you dwell in the mansions on high!
Rejoice, for you pray there for us sinners!
Rejoice, O good one, who show us a model of service to God!
Rejoice, O provider of our every need!
Rejoice, O protectress of the persecuted and oppressed!
Rejoice, for you by your supplications help the Orthodox
people!
Rejoice, for you endured much affliction and grief!
Rejoice, for you defend the afflicted who pray to you!
Rejoice, for you rebuke those who abuse their fellows!
Rejoice, for you put to shame unbelievers and those who
babble!
Rejoice, for you were clothed in rags and tatters!
Rejoice, for God has adorned you with the splendid
raiment of righteousness!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 9
O BLESSED MOTHER, you endured all illness, bodily
poverty, hunger and thirst, and the reproach of
iniquitous people who considered you to be insane; yet,
praying to the Lord, you continually cried out to Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 9
EVEN the most eloquent of orators are unable to
understand how by your foolishness you reproved the
madness of this world, and by your weakness you put the
mighty and wise to shame, for they do not know the power
and wisdom of God which are in you; but we, receiving your
aid, sing to you such things as these:
Rejoice, O bearer of the divine Spirit!
Rejoice, for with the Apostle Paul you boasted in your
weakness!
Rejoice, for you reproved the world by your feigned
foolishness!
Rejoice, for you spurned the glamor of this world for the
sake of salvation!
Rejoice, for you disdained the beautiful things of this earth!
Rejoice, for you loved the good things of heaven with all
your heart!
Rejoice, for you were attentive unto the inner voice of the Lord!
Rejoice, for you call us to the path of salvation!
Rejoice, O dread denouncer of drunkenness as a sin!
Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
Rejoice, O holy protectress of the Orthodox family!
Rejoice, for in Christ you found comfort for your sorrows!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 10
DESIRING to save your soul, you crucified your flesh
with its passions and lusts; and, utterly denying your-self,
you set your cross upon your shoulder and followed
after Christ with all your heart, singing unto Him:
Alleluia!

Oikos 10
You are a firm rampart and an unassailable refuge for
those who pray to you, O Mother Xenia; therefore, by
your supplications help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry to you:
Rejoice, for you worked diligently in the garden of Christ!
Rejoice, for you move us to spiritual labor!
Rejoice, for through steadfastness of faith you escaped
the devil’s snares!
Rejoice, for you deliver us from the snares of the enemy!
Rejoice, for you offered yourself unto God like incense in
a censer!
Rejoice, for you bring the peace of God into the hearts of
the people!
Rejoice, for you shed rays of Christian love upon all!
Rejoice, for you extinguish the spirit of malice in the
hearts of the oppressed!
Rejoice, for you impart blessing unto good children!
Rejoice, for by mystic supplication you heal their ailments!
Rejoice, for through foolishness you attained heavenly
wisdom!
Rejoice, for you have shown forth the wisdom of God to
the afflicted world!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 11
THOSE who have been saved from misfortunes, sor
rows and all dangers offer you hymns of praise, O
blessed Xenia, and with you joyously sing unto God:
Alleluia!

Oikos 11

YOUR life, O holy Mother, has been shown to be a
radiant light illumining the people amid the darkness
of this life; for you have delivered those who have fallen into
the mire of sin and directed their path to the light of Christ.
Therefore, we cry out to you:
Rejoice, O favorite of Christ, who while in the world lived
above the world!
Rejoice, for you enlighten the Orthodox with the light of God!
Rejoice, for you by your many labors acquired great
grace!
Rejoice, for you shone forth with the grace of God in the
darkness of sin!
Rejoice, for you set your hope upon the Almighty!
Rejoice, for on the path of salvation you give a helping
hand to the desperate!
Rejoice, for you were clad in the brilliant robe of unwaver-ing
faith!
Rejoice, for you strengthen those who are weak in the Faith!
Rejoice, for you were renowned for your kindness and love!
Rejoice, for you put to shame the spirits of malice!
Rejoice, for your ways were those of an ascetic of the
wilderness!
Rejoice, for by your manner of life you amazed the angels!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
Kontakion 12

YOU pour forth grace in abundance upon those who
honor your memory and flee to your protection, O
blessed Xenia; therefore, upon us who pray to you do youalso pour forth streams of healing from God, that we may
cry out to Him:
Alleluia!
Oikos 13

HYMNING your many wonders, O blessed Mother, we
praise you and entreat you with all our heart: Forsake
not us sinners amid our grievous circumstances, but be-seech
the Lord of hosts, that we fall not away from our
Orthodox Faith, but that, strengthened in it by your
prayers, we may cry out to you:
Rejoice, for you teach us to have sympathy for the
suffering!
Rejoice, for you bear our infirmities with all your heart!
Rejoice, for you instruct us to crucify the flesh, together
with the passions and lusts!
Rejoice, for you come to our aid amid every spiritual
battle!
Rejoice, for you hear our every supplication!
Rejoice, O intercessor and protectress of those who
honor your memory!
Rejoice, for you who traveled the path of tribulation!
Rejoice, for you thereby obtained everlasting salvation!
Rejoice, for you give joy to those who hasten to your tomb!
Rejoice, for you are a speedy helper in every misfortune!
Rejoice, for yout light has shone forth before all!
Rejoice, for you ever mediate the salvation of your
people!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 13
O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, who bore a heavy
cross during your lifetime: Accept from us sinners this
entreaty offered unto you. By your supplications protect us
from the assaults of the spirits of darkness and from all who
plot evils against us. Beseech our most compassionate God,
that He grant us power and might, that we may bear our
own crosses and, following Christ, may go forth, singing
with you to Him:
Alleluia!

This kontakion is recited thrice, then Oikos I and Kontakion I are repeated.

Oikos 1
AFTER the death of your husband, O blessed Mother,
you sought the life of the angels and rejected the
beauty of this world and all that is in it - the lust of the eyes,
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life; and you acquired
the understanding of Christ. Wherefore, you hear these
praises which we offer unto you:
Rejoice, for you were the peer of Andrew, the fool for the
sake of Christ!
Rejoice, for you renounced your own name, referring to
yourself as dead!
Rejoice, for you assumed foolishness and took the name
of your husband, Andrew!
Rejoice, for you called yourself by a man’s name, re-nouncing
woman’s weakness!
Rejoice, becausefor the sake of Christ you accepted
voluntary poverty!
Rejoice, for who distributed all your substance to good
people and to the poor!
Rejoice, for by your foolishness you have taught us to
reject the vain wisdom of this age;
Rejoice. good comforter of all who have recourse to you
in prayer!
Rejoice, for you were full of wisdom transcending the world!
Rejoice,foryoupreferredmockeryandridiculetoearthlyglory!
Rejoice, for you have been glorified by God;
Rejoice speedy helper in time of trouble and despair!
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!

Kontakion 1

O HOLY and blessed Mother Xenia, chosen favorite
and fool for the sake of Christ, who elected to
undergo the struggle of patience and the suffering of
affliction, we who honor your holy memory offer you
hymns of praise. Help us against our enemies, visible and
invisible, that we may cry unto you:
Rejoice, O blessed Xenia, who ever intercede for our souls!
Prayers to Blessed Xenia

Prayer 1
O BLESSED WANDERER XENIA, heir to the King
dom of the Father, who were homeless on the earth
and most simple in the manner of your life! Like those who
in the past fell down before your tomb, so do we, who have
recourse unto you, now ask: Pray that, as the Lord says, our
steps may be guided rightly toward the doing of His
commandments, and that the soul-corrupting iniquity sown
by the godless may not prevail over our generation. O you
who hid yourself from the wise of this age, yet were known
to God, ask humility, meekness and the pledge of love for
our hearts, faith in prayer, hope in repentance, strength in
labors, the mercy of healing in sickness, and restoration of
our whole life from this time forward, that, blessing you, we
may with compunction confess the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, the consubstantial and indivisible Trinity, unto
ages of ages.
Amen.

Prayer 2
O HOLY AND MOST BLESSED MOTHER XENIA,
who lived under the protection of the Most High and
were strengthened by the Mother of God, and who en-dured
hunger and thirst, cold and burning heat, oppres-sion
and persecution: You have received from God the gift
of clairvoyance and the power to work miracles, and you
rest under the shelter of the Almighty. The Holy Church
now glorifies you as a fragrant blossom. Praying before
your holy icon, we ask you, as one who is alive and with us:
Accept our petitions, and offer them up before the throne
of the loving Father of heaven; and, since you have boldness
before Him, for those who have recourse unto you ask
eternal salvation, compassionate blessing upon our good
works and undertakings, and deliverance from all misfor-tunes
and sorrows. In your holy supplications before our
most merciful Savior, intercede for us, the unworthy and
sinful. O holy and blessed Mother Xenia, help our children
to receive illumination by the light of holy baptism and the
seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit; raise our youths and
maidens in faith, honesty, and the fear of God, and grant
them success in their studies; heal the infirm; send down
love and concord upon families; account monastics worthy
to fight the good fight and protect them from oppression;
make our pastors steadfast in the might of the Holy Spirit;
preserve the Orthodox faithful in peace and tranquility;
and pray for those who at the hour of their death are
deprived of the communion of the Holy Mysteries of
Christ. You are our trust and hope, speedily hearkening to
us and delivering us, Unto you do we send up thanks, and
with you do we glorify the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
Amen.

Troparion of St. .Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 8:

Christ the Lord has revealed you to be a new intercessor for
the Orthodox; you willingly endured evil in your life and
lovingly served both God and man. We zealously run to you
in misfortune and sorrow. We hope in you and cry from our
hearts: Put not our hope to shame, O blessed Xenia.
Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 5:
Having lived as a stranger in the world, O Xenia, you
outwitted the deviser of evil by your feigned foolishness.
You received from God grace to foresee and foretell things
to come. Now you have been translated from earth and are
numbered with the choirs of Angels.

Another Troparion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:

Having renounced the vanity of this world, you took
up the cross of a homeless life of wandering. You did
not fear grief, privation, and scorn, but knew the love
of Christ. Now taking sweet delight in His love in
heaven, O blessed and divinely wise Xenia, pray for
the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of St. Xenia of Rome, Tone 2:

As we who honor you with love, O Xenia, celebrate the
memory of your strange way of life, we sing the praise of
Christ, who in all ways grants you the strength of cures. Ever
entreat him on behalf of us all.

Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 4:

You gave your wealth to the poor, O Xenia, and
accepted poverty out of love for Christ; and having
lived in a manner rivaling the Angels you were counted
worthy of glory on high.

Another Kontakion of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, Tone 3:

A wandering stranger on earth ever signing for the heav-enly
homeland, you were considered a fool by the senseless
and unbelieving, but were known to be wise and holy by the
faithful. God crowned you with glory and honor, O Xenia,
strong minded and divinely wise. Therefore, we cry to you:
Rejoice, for after earthly wandering you have come to dwell
in the Father’s house.
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