Welcome to Lamb Cottage. It's a real place, and this is where I live with my dear husband. We even have lambs. This is a personal blog, especially concerning life as an American expat in Scotland, life as an over-50, life with lambs, and life as an Orthodox Christian. You're most welcome to come and visit awhile. I hope we can be friends!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day

I love the story of the REAL St Patrick, and even if the "breastplate" prayer is not actually his, I still like to think of it in association with him. And we don't actually know for certain, do we? 

{My version of St Patrick, done in cross stitch :: available in my Etsy shop as a pattern}

When I was little, sad to say, I learned that St Patrick's Day was about wearing green so as not to get pinched, leprechauns and rainbows and pots of gold, green beer, parades (we'll not go there).  Happily, I have since learned about St Patrick, and he holds a warm place in my heart.

So, it is with joy that we celebrate this True Saint during the Great Fast of the Orthodox Church. As we journey, let us look to him and other saints for encouragement and example.

Holy St Patrick, pray for us!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

An Early Reminder

It is only the Wednesday of Clean Week. This is a good reminder for us, so that we do not get discouraged. Pascha seems afar off, but this is such a wonderful season. We are striving, but we are not perfect. When we fall, and we will, remember what Elder Thaddeus says!

Blessed Lent!
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Joyful Lent

Once, I used to view Lent almost as a time of punishment. Oh, how wrong I was! Great Lent is the most beautiful season of the whole year, and it is filled with glorious opportunities for repentance and spiritual growth. So much has been said and written about Lent, and the Church is in a whole different mode during this season. But really, it is a thing in which we must participate, and truly experience -- not on an emotional level, but on a transformative level, a level on which we truly come into contact with Life in Christ. And let it change us.

It is Day Two of Great Lent. May God give us strength and perseverance for the journey!
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Monday, March 14, 2016

Clean Monday

It has begun. Lent is here. Last evening, during our Reader's Forgiveness Vespers, I was excited through my tears. Lent had come! I so want a good Lent. This morning, I woke up to chores and seemingly endless housework, and I knew I was now in Lent... but it all felt sort of dreary. And such is the path, my friends. It is hard work, this Christian life. And the demons will do all they can to drive us to despair and make us think we are taking no steps on our journey of faith.


Tonight, in our little domestic church / prayer corner, we will light candles and venerate icons and say Great Compline with the first part of the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, and we will make metanoias and prostrations and do the best we can, knowing we are weak, and that we can take no step at all without Christ. We will walk beside St Andrew and the people of the Old Testament and the saints, and we will shed a tear, and begin the wonderful period of JOYFUL SORROW... walking through Lent, mourning our wretched deeds, and celebrating the hope that is in Christ alone!

A blessed Lent to you all, my friends!
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