Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
It may be hard to believe, because this year, it seemed like Lent lasted an eternity, but it’s time for another Markel Family Easter celebration! As always, it was a four-day affair, beginning with the Divine Service on Holy Thursday, where we got to hear Moose and Ladybug’s choir sing.
On Friday, we had the opportunity to experience a worship service that was new to (most) of us…the Good Friday Tre Ore service, which was a circuit event hosted at a church in south St. Louis, where once again, Moose and Ladybug’s choir sang…and this time, Bunny also joined in. We stayed for one of the three hours, and we really enjoyed the solemnity of the segments of the service we participated in.
We spent our Good Friday afternoon walking around the Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park. It was a blustery, but beautiful, day:
In the evening, Ryan, Turkey, and Bunny sang with the adult choir for the Good Friday Chief Service.
Holy Saturday is always a busy day. There was cooking, rehearsing at church for the Easter Sunrise Service, cooking, and the making of the family Paschal Candle:
Of course, the highlight of Holy Saturday is my favorite church service of the entire year, The Great Vigil of Easter!
After the vigil, we always stop at McDonald’s to get hot fudge sundaes for the Fab Five:
We never get enough sleep on Holy Saturday night, but the promise of Pop-Tarts before the Sunrise Service helps get the children out of bed.
This year, since Easter was so late, the sunrise was a little farther along than we’re used to!
Bunny, Moose, and Ladybug got to dress up and help with the outdoor reenactment before church:
Our sanctuary always looks especially beautiful for Easter!
After the first service, we enjoyed Easter breakfast in the church basement…I love the biscuits and gravy!
Of course I had to take pictures after breakfast:
I also had Ryan take a picture of me, because I love this year’s Easter outfit!
Did I mention I like to take pictures?
We had the privilege of serving on Altar Guild for the Divine Service:
And Moose and Ladybug got to acolyte, and all four of “The Bigs” participated in the processional:
Following an afternoon of watching movies, we had a nice Easter dinner. I made sure that the table looked extra pretty, since I failed in that department at Christmas.
Our rosemary-themed feast included leg of lamb (marinated in garlic and rosemary), rosemary smashed potatoes, sautéed asparagus, roast carrots and Brussels sprouts, rosemary dinner rolls with rosemary-garlic butter, and cherry Jell-O “salad.” We also had multiple options for both sparkling grape juice and wine, since I couldn’t decide what I wanted to serve.
I think this might be the best Easter dinner I’ve ever made!
For dessert, we had lemon cheesecake with a lemon-rosemary shortbread crust, and it was delicious!
After dinner, we watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which is one of my favorite fun Easter traditions!
I love the way we celebrate Easter…it’s a been a busy, exhausting four days, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!