Guess What???? Spring arrived on Rainbow Creek Today in my Yard! A true miracle of life to see beautiful flowers pop out of dead looking sticks. A time of Rebirth and Joy. We are reminded of the Miracle of the Life of Jesus Christ made flesh here on earth. This weekend around the World is Celebrated as The Presentation Of The Lord To Temple on February 2 and a special Feast Day for the many Saints listed below on February 3.
Enjoy the New Life of my first flowers and then another tour of New Orleans from a different point of view. (And, a boat tour, too).
TexasTulip Magnolia- Galaxy
Bush honeysuckle (pearl)
Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetulum)
The Video Tour Tonight is some of the beautiful Churches of New Orleans and the Saints who live there.
A Special Saint Feast occurs on February 2:
The very first Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas. Here we will find the Real Saints of New Orleans and why this weekend is very special to this Religion around the World.
Candlemas, the Presentation of the Lord.
History of our church
During the early 1800's the first recorded settlers arrived, including Orthodox faithful of primarily Greek origin, but also of Serbian, Russian and Syrian citizenship. Most of the settlers immigrated due to their trades, such as merchants and sailors. An association was formed in the 1840's to assist those affiliated with the shipping industry.As the Orthodox community increased, the need for a church became apparent. Early attempts failed, due to a lack of sufficient financial support.
February 3 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess
- Prophet Azarias (10th century B.C.)
- Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus at Caesarea in Cappadocia (308, 309)
- Martyrs Pappias, Diodorus, and Claudianus at Perge in Pamphylia (250)
- Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd century)
- Saint Symeon of Tver, first bishop there (1289)
- Saint Ansgar of Hamburg, bishop and enlightener of Denmark and Sweden
- Saint Romanus of Uglich, prince (1285)
- Martyrs Stamatius, his brother John, and Nicholas
- Saint Nicholas of Japan, archbishop (1912)
- Saint James of Serbia, archbishop
- Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery, disciple of Saint Paisius Velich (1825)
- Repose of Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete in Moscow (1908)
In traditional Christian iconography, saints are often depicted as having halos, which is a symbol of their holiness. Note that Judas is depicted without a halo.
- exemplary model;
- extraordinary teacher;
- wonder worker or source of benevolent power;
- a life often refusing material attachments or comforts;
- possession of a special and revelatory relation to the holy.
Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace; according to Thy word: for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people: to be a light to lighten the gentiles and to be the glory of Thy people Israel (Luke 2:29-32).
Name of the celebration
XXVI. "The fortieth day after the Epiphany is undoubtedly celebrated here with the very highest honor, for on that day there is a procession, in which all take part, in the Anastasis, and all things are done in their order with the greatest joy, just as at Easter. All the priests, and after them the bishop, preach, always taking for their subject that part of the Gospel where Joseph and Mary brought the Lord into the Temple on the fortieth day, and Symeon and Anna the prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, saw him, treating of the words which they spake when they saw the Lord, and of that offering which his parents made. And when everything that is customary has been done in order, the sacrament is celebrated, and the dismissal takes place."
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time. Peace be with You and Big Hugs for All--------Why do we in this feast carry candles? Because the Gentiles dedicated the month of February to the infernal gods, and as at the beginning of it Pluto stole Proserpine, and her mother Ceres sought her in the night with lighted candles, so they, at the beginning of the month, walked about the city with lighted candles. Because the holy fathers could not extirpate the custom, they ordained that Christians should carry about candles in honor of the Blessed Virgin; and thus what was done before in the honor of Ceres is now done in honor of the Blessed Virgin.
Of course, something else!