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It's been 9 years since I put up my very first, and very tentative, LJ-post. At the time, I had no conception of how much this journal would come to mean to me in the years following: more than simply allowing me to keep a(n infrequent) record of my all too mundane life, it has allowed me to encounter people, knowledge and ideas I never would have encountered otherwise, and consequently has helped me broaden my horizons.

Now it's Easter and I've had quite a busy few days in terms of church attendance, starting with a long evening Mass on Holy (or Maundy) Thursday, followed by an equally long one including Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday, after which I even stayed for the prayer vigil until midnight; Easter Vigil Mass including four Confirmations on Saturday night, and the festive Easter Mass including two christenings on Easter Sunday. I was actually quite relieved to find there was no Mass scheduled for today.

What with all of the to-ing and fro-ing, I haven't had much of a chance to spend any meaningful time online, and so I missed my chance to wish enigmaticblues a happy birthday on the day, for which I'm heartily sorry. Obviously, I wish her a very happy belated one today, and hope that this belated happy birthday will last the entire year until the next one, when I hope to present her with my birthday wishes in time.

Meanwhile, I was saddened by the news (received a couple of weeks after the fact) of the death of Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church last month. I met him in Leiden a few times, when I was a student of early-Christian utilitarian architecture and he, accompanied by some of his fellow priests, visited our University to look at some ancient manuscripts. He struck me then as a warm and friendly shepherd of his flock, as well as quite a jovial man in his dealings with us students.


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Apr. 9th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
My view of belated birthday wishes (or presents) is that they just make your birthday last that much longer, so I don't mind a bit! And thank you. I wish we'd been able to go to Easter service, but that just wasn't going to happen this year.
Apr. 9th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you were ill. Do feel better soon!
Apr. 9th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Happy LJversary! :D And Happy Easter too (again).

it has allowed me to encounter people, knowledge and ideas I never would have encountered otherwise, and consequently has helped me broaden my horizons.
This. Isn't it amazing?

And we didn't do ALL he Easter services (due to children and business, alas), but we did *most*. Love the Easter vigil especially, although with three confirmations it must have been even longer than usual...
Apr. 9th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
They all went on a bit, it's true...Take the Veneration of the Cross, with an 800-strong congregation it simply took forever!

I've always loved the Easter Vigil best of all the services throughout the year, too. The symbolism and meaning of the Service of Light is just so powerful and uplifting (I find). Unfortunately, the wind picked up quite forcefully and it started raining just as the Easter candle was being lit, so it took numerous tries for me to get my paschal candle burning this time round ;-).
Apr. 9th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're part of this community. And glad for you that your participation in your non-secular community has also been meaningful.
Apr. 9th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're part of this community, too ;-)

I've actually been invited to seder 2 years hence (my hostess is going to be in Israel next year). I'm looking forward to it; it's been a while since I was at a seder.
Apr. 9th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Happy LJversary! I'm really glad I got to know you - I never comment half as much as you deserve, but you're a wonderful person who has given me a lot of insights and food for thought over the years. Thank you!
Apr. 9th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I can say the exact same thing of you ;-)
Apr. 9th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Happy LJversary!
Apr. 9th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
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