JUST home from celebrating the Vesporal Liturgy of St Basil, marking the Eve of the Nativity on the Julian Calendar, aka Russian Christmas. Two and a half hours of Liturgy and then wine, borscht, pirogis, stuffed cabbage, and more wine. Nerdy conversation ensued. Hell, St Faustina, Seraphim Rose, St Augustine…
There were Dominicans and Jesuits in the congregation, praying together – internet jokes aside. Parishioners from the ByzCath parish, together with more than a few visitors, created a joyful crowd. The choir was lovely, the readers were kept busy with 16+ readings, and the incense is filling my beard.
The celebrant (in the hat with his back to us in the photo), Fr Christopher, is the Godson of my old Episcopal Pastor. Everything is all present here. The church is a big tent. God is good, all the time.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!