Feasting from Day to Day

Yesterday was the feast day of my parish, St Seraphim of Sarov, and a glorious day it was. I’m showing the fresco from the front of the church. I myself was overjoyed, my cup running over, just being at church where our bishop was present as well as a temple full of us regular parishioners and many guests. There was an ordination, and beautiful children, and much praise of God, followed by a cheery and relaxed festal meal so that we could continue glowing together for a while.
Today we remember St Elijah the prophet, and I just want to pass on this blog entry at Christ is in Our Midst!, with its wonderfully expressive painting of Elijah’s chariot.

12 thoughts on “Feasting from Day to Day

  1. I love the painting of Elijah in the link you posted. It gets something of his essence, I think.

    Like Pom Pom, I'd like to hear more about the feasts. Are there special foods, or are they more about celebrating and communion?

    frances

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  2. S'Prodznikom! I pray your feast was glorious! I love St. Seraphim. The Cathedral in Dallas is dedicated to St. Seraphim and that is where I cam into the church.

    Blessed feast!
    M.Michelle

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  3. Our feast days are first of all days of rejoicing in the grace of Christ together with whatever saint we are remembering on that date. Keeping in mind that He is “the God of the living,” in Orthodoxy we always see ourselves celebrating Communion in the company of those who have gone before, and also asking for their prayers no less than we would ask our fellow believers who still walk on the earth.

    In the case of the saint for whom our local temple is named, we count even more on his or her prayers for us, and give special honor. On their days we always have an actual festal meal, but for many of the midweek feast days, even if we can manage to hold a communion service, it often isn't feasible to prepare a meal as well.

    This short post explains a fundamental feeling that I am learning to have, for our fathers and mothers in the faith: http://fatherstephen.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/knocking-on-heavens-door/

    Please, any of you reading this who have been Orthodox longer than I, you are herewith invited to share important aspects of this subject that I have no doubt left out.

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