Pascha 2011


Christ is Risen!

What a week it has been.

Just before the Paschal vigil began, Fr. Jonathan announced to the church that Elizabeth and I are expecting another child and requested everyone’s prayers for health and safety during the pregnancy.  The complication from last time is already rearing its head.


We no longer have a “baby Basil” but a “big brother Basil” who can already point out the new baby and is more eager to give kisses there than to either of  his parents!  We have been calling the baby “Little Patriot” or “LP” and laughing every time because it sounds so goofy (like a Colbert Report joke), but we are considering taking a name from a North American saint (or one who is “blessed”) and it’s better than calling the baby “it” or “they” since we don’t know the sex.

It has been a busy week with at least one service each day.  In addition, on Thursday evening I went shopping for our Pascha basket.  Friday night I baked a whole-wheat sandwich loaf to eat with cheeses and sausage stuff, as well as two identical Greek Pascha breads (known as Lambropsomo or Tsoureki).

One Pascha bread was to be for breaking the fast early Pascha morning with the church and the other for the Pascha day feast with family.  Two changes to that plan:
1) Basil ate a significant amount of the whole-wheat sandwich bread on Saturday, so I quickly made two loaves of brioche out of AP flour – the first time I’ve baked without using home-milled flour since we got the mill!  The breads came out of the oven just as we were walking out the door (11:20pm).  They were incredibly buttery rich, and we only got through about half of one, but I’m glad I made them.


2) We barely cut into one of the Pascha breads at the early morning feast.  This happened last year, too.  I made a traditional bread, but nobody wants to eat that!  People are more interested in meats, cheeses, and beer than fruity bread.  Next year I won’t make the mistake of baking two loaves of something people don’t want to eat, regardless of how traditional it is or how good it tastes.

After the Saturday morning service, Basil took a good nap and happily went to bed at around 8:00pm.  We woke him up at 11:15pm to go to the Pascha vigil.  He was on my chest in the carrier through most of the service, but he did not fall back to sleep once (last year he slept through the entire thing until the breakfast feast).  He was mostly in a good mood all evening until right around 3:00am, so we decided it would be a good time to leave.  When we got home he once again happily went to sleep saying, “Bed? Bed?”  This morning he woke me up at 7:30am and let me half-sleep on the futon while he played for a couple more hours.  We’ll see how the nap and sleep go today!



One cute toddler who hasn’t gotten enough sleep.

First time cracking eggs!

“Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling down death by death
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!” – Paschal Troparion



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3 Responses to “Pascha 2011”

  1. Auntie KM Says:

    Can’t wait to see Basil kissing Little Patriot this summer. Christos Anesti!

  2. vagueperson Says:

    Alithos Anesti!

  3. Meghan Says:

    CONGRATS!!! Baby #2 already – you guys are impressive. Hope all is well and that this pregnancy is easier on you, Lizzy.

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