Spoons and Simplicity

Orthodoxy, Chronic Illness and a quest for authentic life

Easter/Pascha, Ascension and Pentecost

I’d love to have updated earlier, I started this blog before Easter and it’s now two months later and I’m finally updating. To be honest, I simply haven’t been well enough to post – and I kept biting off more than I could chew. So I’ll keep it simple this time and try to learn to blog in bite sized pieces that don’t take more spoons than I have 🙂

Pascha was wonderful, although my health was steadily declining. More than a month later we found out that much of this was because I had a very low iron count, so no wonder I felt so terrible. Simple living stuff has been difficult as it always is while I’m unwell, but I’ve done what I can. And I’ve lived my Orthodox life as I can, too, not at Church much but in my own home with prayers and candles and light.

So today is mostly photos. Here is my icon corner in the living room, which has a table and I decorate for feasts when I can, just after Easter/Pascha:

The icon here is the Anastasis icon – Christ’s descent into Hades and raising Himself and the dead from death. The white candle is my ‘kandili’, or vigil lamp – I light it when I can, but I can’t keep it lit for safety reasons. Traditionally, oil lamps stand or hang in these places, but my Dad is worried about the fire risk (actually less than that of candles, but I don’t argue) so I have a candle and it stays there all year. The long golden one is a beeswax one from the Easter vigil, it smells wonderfully like honey and stamped into the side is “Χριστος Ανεστη” in golden letters, meaning “Christ is risen”. This is my candle for holding the Light from this year. The  palm cross is from Palm Sunday – I couldn’t attend, but was given one, and the cotton has holy oil from the Holy Unction service.

And here it is tonight, the day before Pentecost which is one of the ‘Soul Saturdays’ of our year where we commemorate and pray for those departed this life. The candles are all for people I love and miss, especially for those I’ve lost in the last year. May their memory be eternal, and God grant them rest.

The lamp is lit, as you can see, the Resurrection icon is still there, but there’s a new icon now – Pentecost, and the glass full of coloured sand is my incense stick holder or taper holder, since sand puts out flame and it holds the candles nicely.

I won’t be at Church tomorrow since my illnesses have kept me resting today and likely most of tomorrow, but God knows my heart at least. Have a blessed day, everyone.

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who made fishermen all-wise, sending upon them the Holy Spirit and, through them, netting the world. O Loving One, glory to You.

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