The Resurrection of Christ, Easter, Pascha...we sing "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and on those in the tombs bestowing life!" This is the middle of Bright Week, instead of regular morning and evening prayers, we sing the beautiful Paschal Hours. We sing "Lord have mercy" 40 times and like to sing it in 4 different languages, 10 times each, in English,
Greek (which is Κύριε ελέησον and sounds like "Kírie eléison"),
Arabic (which is يا ربّ ارحم and sounds like "Yā Rabbu rḥam") and
Russian (which is Господи, помилуй and sounds like "Gospodi, pomiloi").
We make eggs red by using yellow onion skins, traditional Russian-style bread, kulich, and here, Olivia puts on raisins on the sweet cheese pascha.
Elizabeth wearing my sunglasses this afternoon.
(yes, they are expecting their 2nd baby, October 9th)