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LOL!

You don't have to "eat" them....just bite and spit out.

I was doubtful that they would actually spark....but, boy did they!

The "votives" were just little glasses I bought at the dollar store...and we made them into votives.  The wax we used were the melted down remains of old beeswax candles....I just had to buy the wicks.  Make sure that you glue the wicks to the bottom of the glass before you pour the hot wax, otherwise, they float off to the side, and the candle won't burn.

We colored the votives with Sharpies (permanent markers), as I found real glass paint to be cost prohibitive.....and the one we tried, the color was too light, and the whole thing was too messy for little hands.  Just use the permanent markers and then spray a sealant over top....but, don't light until the sealant has completely dried!

Just some lessons ....learned the hard way.


 

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Thanks for the detailed tips, I love them & will practice myself first

I think the tempation to eat the whole packet would be more than I could bear...but maybe I can find someone else to chomp while I watch.  I bet I could find plenty of volunteers  :)
 

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Every year around the Feast day of the Transfiguration of our Lord, our church holds their annual picnic.  
Here are some pics from this Sunday, which fell exactly on the Feast Day.

Baskets of fruit awaiting to get blessed.





A Typikon is served under the trees.



The blessing of the fruit, flowers and honey.









My blessed basket.



The kids of the Youth League sold ice cream and lemonade after lunch.



Pinata time!  I stuffed it with chocolates, bracelets, rubber animals, and noise makers.





It's a cheap way to entertain them!



Then I had them do a scavenger hunt - look for pine cone, leaves, something that begins with a D, feather, etc.



It wasn't all hectic....there were moments of complete and awesome peace.



...and out of the deep comes.....



He kept stealing the fish we were catching.  The moment one got caught, he would zoom in and snap it off the hook.



She was finally able to pull out a fish that she could keep!  Notice the disgruntled turtle in the water behind her.



...and then his girl friend showed up and he was happy again.



 

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I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
 

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Asteriktos said:
I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
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Asteriktos said:
I would like to nominate all these excellent pics by LizaSymonenko (the Orthodox-related ones I mean) to go in the official oc.net photo gallery!
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Recognized, and the motion is passed! :)
 

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Photos from the Extraordinary Sobor, electing a new Metropolitan for the UOCofUSA.

Many Years to His Eminence Metropolitan Elect Antony!!!  Axios!!!

Flying over Canada:


It's New York!


The new building in place of the Twin Towers is going up...


Lady Liberty from a distance:


South Bound Brook at last!
















































The Sobor began with a slide show on Metropolitan Constantine's early life, hierarchical years, and funeral.  Many tears flowed remembering our beloved hierarch.  Memory Eternal!


Memory Eternal!


His Eminence "Archbishop" Antony.


His Grace Bishop Daniel


Entry of the Chalice while everyone sang the Tropar of Pentecost, calling down the Holy Spirit - very moving moment.....


His Grace casting the first vote.






The votes...  It was truly humbling how this process works.


The Chalice and votes are removed for counting.


Reading of the results of the voting.


Newly elected, His Eminence, Metropolitan Elect Antony.


Moleben for our new Metropolitan!






Axios!  Axios!  Axios!!!!

 

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It may be considered trolling, but why Ukrainians must add some rural element into everything? In every picture LizaSymonenko posts priests' vestments are decorated with flowers / ears of wheat / grapes. Most Ukrainian bands mix their genres (the only ones I know they  do not do it sing in Russian). Why is that?
 

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I can speak to the wheat, grapes, flowers.....Ukrainian is a rural nation by large.  The country is known as the Bread Basket of Europe.  It has steppes and fields and is very agricultural. 

The people are also very spiritual....the wheat, grapes and flowers, not only reflect the "nature" of the land given to the people by God, but, all have religious symbolism, as well - Christ is the staff of life (wheat), Grapes - the vineyard of the Lord, and flowers....well, they just are pure joy.

When I visited Ukraine....even the poorest homes, were brimming with flowers.  It was August and every yard was a riot of color - marigolds prevail, followed by phlox, roses, etc.  ...and of course the sunflower.  :)

As for the bands....I have no idea.  Not a big fan of any contemporary bands - Ukrainian or otherwise, so, I can't comment on that.
 

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Any update on getting these into the "PHOTOS" section linked to at the top-right?
 

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Liza, you may have answered this before, but where is your parish located??

Its so stinking tall and cool looking!
 

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http://protectress.org/Welcome.html

My photos (of parish life) are all over that website!  :) 

(There is a "photos" tab at the top that will lead to photo albums)

Enjoy!
 

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Incredible photos. Looking at those picture...I am lost for words. Wow..is the best thing I can do at the moment.
 

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LOL!  THANKS!!!!

....however, I can't take all the credit.  When you've got an awesome subject matter, it's hard to take a bad photo.
 

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Okay...it's Great Lent....a time of new photos!

Here are some from the first week of Great Lent.  Pan-Orthodox Vespers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas was present.  This was also the Eve of the Annunciation (New Calendar) and therefore, the Eve of their Patronal Feast Day.  Therefore, this was a Great Vespers....that ran well over 2 hours!

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Absolutely gorgeous, but how many clergy do you have in your church? I'm assuming that not all the depicted clergy are there every Sunday or are they?
 

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That's not my parish.  It's the Greek Cathedral in Detroit.  This was a conglomeration of all the Orthodox in the area.  Different nations, different languages, different colors, all coming together.
 

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Ah, that makes sense.  I assume your parish is represented though?
 

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Yeah!  By me!  There were only 2 people from my parish.  Our priest was not able to attend.
 

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Well then you were there to our benfit. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Here's a couple more.  I should have taken a third at the end...to see the complete reformation from day to night.





 

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LizaSymonenko said:
Here's a couple more.  I should have taken a third at the end...to see the complete reformation from day to night.
Did someone say Reformation? 
 

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Week 2 of Great Lent - St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church.
(Archbishop Justinian (MP) presiding)



There's a Cross in the sky.  :)




































 
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