Lent - forty days, come and gone - used to seem like forever - can't believe its almost here - visions of a nice juicy steak - how decadent, trivial - ok, a big week at work ahead - teaching - class - rehearsals - Holy Week services - big breath - don't panic - it will all get done - don't think too far ahead - take one day at a time - Palm Sunday - popular - King - Bridegroom Matins - Prayer of St. Ephram - O Lord and Master of my life! - in control? - Take from me the spirit of sloth, - those lazy weekends - faint-heartedness, lust of power and idle talk - prostration...relax...breathe...reflect... - But give rather the spirit of chasity, humility, patience and love to Your servant. - repeat...p-a-t-i-e-n-c-e - Yes, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my neighbor - ditto - for You are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen. - down one more time - Holy Thursday - a King a few days ago - seems like politics-in one day, out the next - how fickle we all are - spineless - it figures... - Good Friday - things have come to a head - mob is out of control - crucifixion - Holy Saturday - descent into Hell - eerie - the world goes on - calm before the storm - getting Easter basket ready - grocery store (check) - butcher (check) - lamb - can taste it already - dinner party set for tomorrow - ready - enough worldly thoughts - reflect - vigil at the tomb - my turn - 4 to 5 am - crazy - some sleep - rehearsal - fast - hungry - short nap - dress for midnight service - candle in hand - arrive early - vigil still being kept - sadness - anticipation - darkness - the tomb - empty - one light - spreading - the light of the world! - Christ is Risen - Truly, He is Risen! - procession - bells - celebration - the angel cried out - chills up and down my spine - incense - Resurrection Service - feeling tired - second wind kicks in - wide awake - new energy - Liturgy - communion - food - wine goes to my head - 3:30 am - party - blessing baskets - goodies - can't go overboard - stomach not ready for this - wind down - reflect - renewal - love - community - YES - Christ is Risen! - Indeed, He is Risen! - Christos a Inviat! - Adevarat a Inviat! - sleep...