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« Reply #45 on: April 20, 2012, 10:24:39 PM »

I feel like a little kid at a fireworks show every other picture I want to say "ooh" and on opposite ones "ah".  You all are amazing photographic artists with spectacular subject matter.
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« Reply #46 on: April 20, 2012, 10:54:06 PM »


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« Reply #47 on: April 20, 2012, 11:00:27 PM »


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« Reply #48 on: April 20, 2012, 11:15:58 PM »

In honor of Proveedna Nedilya (St. Thomas Sunday), when we visit and pray at our family grave-sites...

My nieces and nephews cleaned everyone's graves...even the people we don't know....the girls planted flowers.



Lily discovered a hidden grave...that for years everyone assumed was just a big bush.

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To this...

















My uncle's grave and my future resting place...  Smiley





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« Reply #49 on: April 20, 2012, 11:34:40 PM »

Thomas Sunday is lots of fun. They color eggs again bring them to the graves along with sweet bread and what not. The Gypsies used to pick up all the eggs left on the graves that day. Reminiscences .
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« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2012, 11:40:23 PM »


I've heard that the homeless come and take the food.  It's kind of like a gift to the needy from those who have passed away.

We color eggs, and actually "roll" them on the grave.

One person on one side yells "Christos Voskrect" and rolls the egg.  Another on the other side grabs it and then throws it back yelling "Voistinu Voskrec!"

This is done top, down, then right to left...making the sign of the Cross over the grave.



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« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2012, 11:58:21 PM »

What kind of camera do you use?
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« Reply #52 on: April 21, 2012, 12:02:43 AM »


Most were shot with a Cannon PowerShot, but, I finally broke down and purchased a Nikon D5100 digital SLR, just in time to take photos during Great Lent!
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Most were shot with a Cannon PowerShot, but, I finally broke down and purchased a Nikon D5100 digital SLR, just in time to take photos during Great Lent!

Nice. they look really good!
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« Reply #54 on: April 21, 2012, 01:19:21 AM »

Thank you! And very beautiful pictures to all of you!
The relics are of Holy Martyr Paraskevi and St. Paraskeva of Iasi (a famous local saint).
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« Reply #55 on: April 21, 2012, 02:05:25 AM »

I've never seen an Orthodox Church referred to as a 'basilica' before (only RC ones). What does that entail?

That there are some Romanians?
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« Reply #56 on: April 21, 2012, 09:09:34 PM »


Today's photos of the blessing of the graves, during St. Thomas Sunday (although this was the Saturday version).  Usually there are way more people in attendance but, it poured rain all night, and while the rain stopped, the gusty winds were blowing hard and the temps barely got in to the 40's....so, participation was scarce.  However, hopefully, tomorrow more will come.  Smiley













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« Reply #57 on: April 21, 2012, 10:57:31 PM »


Today's photos of the blessing of the graves, during St. Thomas Sunday (although this was the Saturday version).  Usually there are way more people in attendance but, it poured rain all night, and while the rain stopped, the gusty winds were blowing hard and the temps barely got in to the 40's....so, participation was scarce.  However, hopefully, tomorrow more will come.  Smiley

These wonderful photos brought tears to to my eyes Liza. They are especially meaningful to me. Thank you!
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« Reply #58 on: April 22, 2012, 11:26:54 PM »


Sad  I'm sorry, Opus.   
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« Reply #59 on: April 22, 2012, 11:32:33 PM »


Here are some more from today (St. Thomas Sunday).

































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« Reply #60 on: April 24, 2012, 12:30:39 AM »

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« Reply #61 on: April 24, 2012, 12:38:21 AM »

 Again, these are just amazing.  Smiley
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« Reply #62 on: April 24, 2012, 02:42:58 PM »


This year we had two children giving their First Confession on Palm Sunday.  I had the great honor of preparing them.  I told them that after they Confessed to step to the side and say their prayers - thanking God and asking for His forgiveness.  I told them they could even stand on the Solea to say their prayers.

...and here is the result.

We have the faithful and strong Disciple, and the humble and faithful Myrrhbearer.



How sweet are they!?!?

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How sweet are they!?!?



Enough to bring tears to the eyes of the curmudgeon Punch.
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« Reply #64 on: April 24, 2012, 03:25:09 PM »

Again, these are just amazing.  Smiley

Indeed. National Geographic doesn't know what it's missing.
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« Reply #65 on: April 24, 2012, 10:59:31 PM »


Once again, my church.  This was Vespers (Sunday of the Holy Cross)



I think perhaps I may have made the "wreath" of flowers overly full...

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« Reply #66 on: April 24, 2012, 11:02:18 PM »


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« Reply #67 on: April 24, 2012, 11:31:55 PM »


I take a week's vacation in the summer and teach Vacation Bible School. 
The theme for this one was "Light of the World"....and all the activities and studies revolved around Light - from Proverbs...don't hide your light under a bushel....etc.



The kids


In class...


Study time outside...


One must have games...


Surfing on the land...


...getting eaten by a shark...


Checking out if Lifesavors Wintergreen candies really do SPARk when bitten (on the them of Light).  There's a long mirror in front of the kids and when I shut of the lights it was pitch black...and yes, they do spark.  It was really cool.


..time in the kitchen is always a hit.  This time we made LIGHT and fluffy cupcakes!


Continuing on the theme of LIGHT, they decorated these votives (glasses) and then we melted wax and poured them.






The kids wrote and performed skits on the last day, around the theme of "Letting their Light Shine"...where they made bad examples and then contrasted with what would have been the right thing to do, to let their light shine forth.




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« Reply #68 on: April 27, 2012, 11:58:36 PM »

Photos from today - Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. - South Bound Brook, New Jersey!






















....I'm in this one, as is FrHLL!  Smiley
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« Reply #70 on: June 04, 2012, 03:59:30 PM »


My new tenant....Under my porch roof I hung a "decorative" little bird house with a windchime underneath.  It was meant to be a decoration only.  It's tiny!  ....but, these little munchkins decided to raise a family in it.  Go figure!   ....and they sing up a storm!  Never heard birds sing so pretty!!!  What beauty God has provided us!!!!













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« Reply #71 on: June 04, 2012, 04:13:19 PM »

So cute!
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« Reply #72 on: June 04, 2012, 08:02:42 PM »

  angel Beautiful, and I don't even like birds.  laugh
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« Reply #73 on: June 04, 2012, 10:03:06 PM »


Sad Why don't you like birds?
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« Reply #74 on: June 04, 2012, 11:58:48 PM »

When I was a small child growing up on the farm we had lots of bird nests in the barns. When I would go into the barns the birds would go out, generally through the best opening for them to do so, the one I had just came in.  Shocked  Must have frightened me something awful.  Angry To this day if a bird comes too close to my head I about hit the deck.  Embarrassed I know now that they wanted less contact with me than I with them, except maybe some swallows, but it's been terribly hard for me to shake it. Now, larger birds I'm okay with (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys - yum), it's the little ones that cause me trouble. Oh, well. I still think they're pretty though, as long as they keep their distance.
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« Reply #75 on: June 25, 2012, 03:21:44 PM »


My local Romanian Cathedral (St. George) was celebrating their 100th anniversary about a month ago.  After the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by His Grace Irineu, they had an exhibit of various sacred objects used over the years.  As always, I decided to take some photos.  I couldn't really understand a word, but, the pastor of the church knows me and when I stood to take a group photo of everyone, he told the bishop who I was.....to which I got a reply for him "Ahhhh.....chemna Ukrayinka!"  (Good Ukrainian)  Enjoy!





































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« Reply #76 on: June 26, 2012, 03:34:56 AM »

Your photos are wonderful, Liza! I hope you will some day get to take photos in Ukraine (and Romania).
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« Reply #77 on: June 26, 2012, 04:01:43 AM »

Your photos are wonderful, Liza! I hope you will some day get to take photos in Ukraine (and Romania).

Indeed. Liza's photos are always spectacular!


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From last week's 3 day VBS class:





Taking my lecture on candle symbolism to the extreme.  Among the various representation - light, sacrifice, etc...the kids loved the fact that the wax is flexible to remind us to be flexible to bend to the Will of God.  Smiley



The theme was:  The Lord is my ROCK, my FORTRESS, and my SALVATION.  Therefore, I had them to "rock" related crafts....here they create pavers out of concrete.  (I had no idea a bag of concrete weighed 80 lbs!  Where are the men, when I need them?)



For the FORTRESS...I had them build permanent sand castles/fortress, they could take home.  Cook sand with cornstarch.



Ice cream is always a hit!!!  Each year I order the truck that hires veterans...so, not only are the kids happy, the vets get a bit of help.



Guest speaker:



Learning a new version of the Lord's Prayer (different melody)



Growing rocks (crystals)



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« Reply #79 on: August 16, 2012, 10:26:06 AM »

Dear Liza,

I loved the votives, etc.  In fact I'm going to suggest this for our summer camp next year.

If I wasn't forbidden to eat sugar I'd be hiding in the bathroom now with lifesavers!

You've been given the gift of an artistic eye, may you be blessed to keep using it to glorify God!

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« Reply #80 on: August 16, 2012, 10:34:50 AM »


LOL!

You don't have to "eat" them....just bite and spit out.

I was doubtful that they would actually spark....but, boy did they!

The "votives" were just little glasses I bought at the dollar store...and we made them into votives.  The wax we used were the melted down remains of old beeswax candles....I just had to buy the wicks.  Make sure that you glue the wicks to the bottom of the glass before you pour the hot wax, otherwise, they float off to the side, and the candle won't burn.

We colored the votives with Sharpies (permanent markers), as I found real glass paint to be cost prohibitive.....and the one we tried, the color was too light, and the whole thing was too messy for little hands.  Just use the permanent markers and then spray a sealant over top....but, don't light until the sealant has completely dried!

Just some lessons ....learned the hard way.


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Thanks for the detailed tips, I love them & will practice myself first

I think the tempation to eat the whole packet would be more than I could bear...but maybe I can find someone else to chomp while I watch.  I bet I could find plenty of volunteers  Smiley
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« Reply #82 on: August 20, 2012, 12:22:22 PM »

Every year around the Feast day of the Transfiguration of our Lord, our church holds their annual picnic.  
Here are some pics from this Sunday, which fell exactly on the Feast Day.

Baskets of fruit awaiting to get blessed.





A Typikon is served under the trees.



The blessing of the fruit, flowers and honey.









My blessed basket.



The kids of the Youth League sold ice cream and lemonade after lunch.



Pinata time!  I stuffed it with chocolates, bracelets, rubber animals, and noise makers.





It's a cheap way to entertain them!



Then I had them do a scavenger hunt - look for pine cone, leaves, something that begins with a D, feather, etc.



It wasn't all hectic....there were moments of complete and awesome peace.



...and out of the deep comes.....



He kept stealing the fish we were catching.  The moment one got caught, he would zoom in and snap it off the hook.



She was finally able to pull out a fish that she could keep!  Notice the disgruntled turtle in the water behind her.



...and then his girl friend showed up and he was happy again.



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« Reply #83 on: August 26, 2012, 07:22:05 PM »


I've never seen an Orthodox Church referred to as a 'basilica' before (only RC ones). What does that entail?
It's the name of the building type. Quite common in the EO.
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« Reply #84 on: September 11, 2012, 01:30:09 AM »

I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
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« Reply #85 on: September 11, 2012, 10:55:32 PM »

I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
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« Reply #86 on: September 20, 2012, 10:28:12 PM »

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« Reply #87 on: September 21, 2012, 03:15:40 PM »


I'm so glad you liked my photos!   Cheesy
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« Reply #88 on: September 28, 2012, 10:54:51 AM »


Yesterday - Exaltation of the Holy Cross











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« Reply #89 on: September 28, 2012, 10:59:13 AM »


....after Divine Liturgy, I took my mom to the orchard.

















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