All the kids are going stir crazy. They needed a chance to step outside themselves. After reading the ideas Mat. Emily suggested over at Charming the birds from the trees I suggested them to the kids. Blue Eyes was quite excited about making a centerpiece and carefully counted out one candle for each of the kids and asked to add one for each of our miscarried "babies in heaven."
Iddy Biddy bundled up to go trim some pine branches...the first time she had been outside since Christmas Eve! Blue Eyes collected supplies and carefully arranged everything. Ferdinand acting as our home altar server lighted the candles and we read the story of the Holy Innocents and sang (badly) the Troparion.
In typical 3 yr old boy fashion Valentine suggested we throw Herod in the dungeon.
It was a peaceful moment in a crabby week.
Thanks Mat. Emily!
Troparion - Tone 1
As acceptable victims and freshly plucked flowers,
as divine first-fruits and newborn lambs,
you were offered to Christ who was born as a child, holy innocents.
You mocked Herod's wickedness;
now we beseech you:
"Unceasingly pray for our souls."