Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Blogger appears to have eaten yesterday evening's post, so I give to you again today, re-created and backdated. More lamb pictures this evening, if I can get anyone to stand still long enough!

Orthodox liturgy is both fixed and variable, rather like the stars. They are always in their appointed place, but that place moves according to time and season. Likewise, each season of the Church year has its special additions and variations to the fixed services of morning and evening prayer and Sunday liturgy. Beginning this past Sunday we turn to a volume called the Lenten Triodian for services until Holy Week at the end of the Fast. Archimandrite Ephrem has made available his translations of the services at his web page, Anastasis.

The nuns at Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery also offer translations from the Triodian at their site. I have always had a particular fondness for the sisters at Holy Myrrhbearers because they are fellow shepherds. If you go to their site, check out the page for Zoar farm and visit with Maude, their photogenic sheep. The sisters have an on-line store where they sell their own products plus a few other items. If you are so inclined, I'm sure they would be grateful if you stopped by and browsed. (By the way, they sell spun wool from their flock for you knitters out there.)