Friday, April 7, 2017
I really wanted this blog to be a special place where I could share my Orthodox faith and grow in my faith. It will be soon be 7 years since I left my beloved parish family in Washington. And, I've felt like a lost soul since that time.
There was a couple of times when I thought I had found my new church home. Last fall I again thought I had found my forever church. It's a small mission church with welcoming parishioners. Unfortunately, we don't have a permanent place to worship nor do we have a permanent priest.
Yesterday, I received an email from our parish stating that no Palm Sunday, Holy Week nor Easter Sunday services will be held! I was so sad and I'm still sad. This is a mission church that was started by a very large diocese here in southern California; I'm sure they could have worked to remedy this situation. I feel that I'm back to square one.
For the first time in a few years, I was excited to be a participant in Lent this year along with my church family. Now, there will be no celebration for me - at least not in church. My dear family and I will celebrate our Lord's ressurection on Easter Sunday together. And, there is not another church that I feel I can go to. The little mission church is my church. Please pray for this situation. I've gone one step ahead and two steps back.
I wish each of you a blessed and happy Palm Sunday.
Enjoy this special day of our Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Wishing you all the blessings of this special day,