August Picnic

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is a real family and each month during the summer we have a picnic.

This month we had two birthday celebrations at the picnic.  Julie celebrated her 84th and Vera also celebrated a birthday.  Apparently the birthday cake was originally for Vera, but she yielded to Julia to blow out the candles.  Michael Mickel and Anastasia Volkova also had birthdays this week.

Of course we started with Divine Liturgy.  I wore my white and gold vestments that Irakli from St. Nicholas Cathedral gave me and the white and gold orarion which Nadiya brought back from Ukraine for me.  My gold robe was just mended by Marina and she had not arrived at the chapel by the time that I vested.  She had a really professional job of repairing it.

Kleo was churched after the Liturgy.  Then I had the honor of holding her newly born baby.  I probably should practice my Greek for the baptism.
 

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Nicholas is dancing with Julia.

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Proud parents with baby

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It's always a joy to be able to hold a newly born baby.

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Vera's cousin Natalia is preparing the candles for Julia.

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Vera as been very special to me ever since she was four years old and came up and hugged me.

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