O Christ God, Thou hast ascended in glory, granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the blessing they were assured that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world! -- Troparion of the Ascension
Thus concluded the earthly work of our Lord Jesus Christ, and began His heavenly work. He has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven. In His Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, he would have told us! I can't wait to see them!
I just got home from a rare treat: serving a (Vesperal) Divine Liturgy together with my pastor Fr. Matthew. Due both to mine and his frequent travels, this has only happened a handful of times this year, and only three times since the first of March.
It became obvious to me on Pascha that it must be an unofficial tradition for Orthodox bloggers to put a family picture on their blog on Pascha. I didn't know that, but I resolved to do likewise. Because my entire family has been at St. Joseph's only twice since Pascha, we haven't had much of a chance to take pictures in our Sunday best. The first photo session was a total flop. You try getting 6 people, including three small children, to all look good at the same time!
The second session was a LITTLE better, so I thought I would include the best of the pictures as a way of wishing you a blessed Ascension Day. Christine (the runt) looks a little grumpy, but believe me, the other pictures were even worse!
May the Lord bless all of you as you look toward Pentecost!
The Earlys: Fr. James, Kh. Jennifer, Audrey, Courtney, Beth, and Christine