This is Holy and great Friday for Orthodox Christians, a day of fasting and preparing oneself for the great and sacred feast of Holy Pascha.  Father Vasili arrived from Florida, although there has not been much time to visit with him, and David and Anna came from Edmonton and have already visited Vladika Lazar.  The combined Vespers and Matin service this evening was very good.  I had hesitations because we were so used to having Vladika Lazar in charge of the entire service, but really, I was quite satisfied. The women did a splendid job of decorating the tomb as they do each year  but it is a pity that the garlands of flowers do not last long enough.

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