I’m home with a cold.
It’s a crummy day.
Usually my day is me trying to do as many things as I can, all at the same time. To say I've perfected multitasking would be stretching any understanding of its implications. It’s better illustrated as Lucille Ball working in the chocolate factory; with my hands waving hysterically. Today I am home and unable to even try to get anything done.
I am glad it’s Sunday, crummy cold and all.
As disappointed as I feel for missing church today, I am feeling grateful for my yiayia (grandmother in Greek). She taught me to respect and love Liturgical Time forty years ago. I was just a kid and my sisters and I were sleeping over her house because my parents went away for the weekend… a wedding or funeral, I don’t remember. But on that Sunday morning we didn't go to Church. Yiayia didn't drive. I woke anticipating a morning to play checkers, cards or watch TV. I quickly learned she had a strict rule for Sunday mornings. Neither games nor a cartoon on Sunday mornings until church was over. Nothing until noon. No chores or dinner prep for her either. Her reasons were clear. Sunday is a day for Liturgy and prayer. In our town, just a few miles away, faithful and able Orthodox Christians had gathered for Divine Liturgy, and even though we weren't there, we were to honor it.
I can’t thank her enough for that lesson.
Fast forward forty years. I wonder what my yiayia would say about all the LIVE liturgies available online. I imagine she would love it. She’d probably sit with her full attention on the Liturgy, loving every moment and the gifts modern technology gives. I doubt she’d be folding her laundry (or writing a blog post) while it was playing in a feeble attempt to use it as an excuse to multitask. No, she would remember to keep Sunday mornings in prayer and as close to Liturgy as she could get. I miss my Yiayia Ekaterina. May her memory be eternal.
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