The entire day has been sunny, with almost no wind and the air feeling rather crisp.  In fact, it was a perfect day to take out my bedding—blankets and pillows—to hang in the chilly air where they could be aired out the old way without using a dryer.  After a few hours outside, the bedding smells fragrant and reminds me of my youth when this was often done.  We served Compline with the reading of the Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete, a service so touching that it can readily bring tears to one’s eyes.  Today, known as “Clean Monday” began our journey through Great Lent as we set out with some trepidation, but as the days go by, we become more sure of our lenten path that will being us to Holy Pascha.

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