Thursday, April 21, 2011

15th Antiphon at Matins for Great and Holy Friday

This blog posting and video from Fr. Thomas (from whom I am gifted with a Sunday evening Liturgy and Bible Study) came in just as I was rushing out the door for Maundy Thursday services at St. Paul's. Barely 24 hours back from my Northwest healing adventure, I was in a fog. Determined, yes; dressed and spritzed with the teensiest bit of scent, yet woozy. My will and my wooziness conversed while I prayed. As I drew near to Hwy. 101, I felt strongly in my heart that as much as I wished to join my Church community tonight, I would still be loved by God to worship at home. I drove back home sensing in my heart that it was a wiser decision.

I listened to this Orthodox chanting and was transported. I will listen again while I say Evening Prayer.


  1. Please be gentle with yourself. Allow the treatments that you've had to work, eat some wholesome food and have a hot cup of tea. And rest! Be good to yourself and think about tomorrow instead. It's most important that you be well.

    The Divine will certainly understand if you pray at home. After all, The Divine's house has no walls, because it is everything and everywhere. Wrap that love around you and wake up tomorrow feeling renewed in health and spirit. Hugs and Blessings. I'm glad you made it home ok.

  2. Bless you! My wellness is tiptoeing in again and I am grateful for its presence as also for your prayers. :-)

  3. Diane

    Holy week blessings... rest and get stronger... listening to that chanting while reading Evening Prayer... how good that is!

    Speaking of rest, how about this translation of Matthew 11:28-30 from the Amplified Bible. This about sums it up...

    Matthew 11:28-30 (Amplified Bible)

    Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

    Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

    For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

  4. May your day be glorious! And when services are done, may you rest and let the healing that is within you take hold and blossom.

    Hugs and blessings.