|Christ is Risen!
"Today hell groans and cries aloud, 'My dominion has been swallowed up; the Shepherd has been crucified and He has raised Adam... He who was crucified has emptied the tombs, the power of death has no more strength.'"
-The Pascal Vigil
In a mystery, since Pascha, it seems like Spring has fully arrived in Ulaanbaatar and we are looking at highs in the 50's and 60's over the next several days! Hoorah!
Holy Week and Pascha
We were thankful that despite our busy work schedules we were able, between the three of us, to participate in almost all of the Holy Week services offered by the church. Palm Sunday was a beautiful and joyous celebration. On Tuesday Chris and Andrew rejoiced with Gabriel and Mary at the Annunciation that she would bear the Christ. Wednesday we received the mystery of Holy Unction for the healing of our souls and bodies. Thursday Chris and Andrew celebrated the Lordâ€™s supper with a morning liturgy and Jen heard the words of Christâ€™s passion in the 12 Gospels that evening. Friday we buried the Lord and lamented over His death. Chris and Jen were able to continue a family tradition started back home at St. Johnâ€™s by keeping vigil and reading the Psalter at home. And Saturday night into Sunday we anticipated and celebrated His glorious resurrection! We tried to document with a bunch of pictures and videos. Some of them are below, much more are on the Churchâ€™s Facebook Page
. It was all beautiful, and weâ€™re thankful that we understand some Slavonic and can load up English translations of the services on our Nook. Our hearts still yearn
to be able to translate the words and ideas of these beautiful services into the Mongolian language and culture. Please pray with us that more effort can be placed and invested here. We need more laypeople and priests committed to this task.