Archive for October, 2008

Ornaments for Day 4 and 5!

Day 4: Noah’s Ark (Rainbow), made by Holli-Marie Taylor using shrink plastic.

Day 5: Abraham (Constellation of Stars), made by Holli-Marie Taylor using paint on a wood cut-out.


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Latest Ornaments

Ornament # 12: Burning Bush by the Jahaske Family of Tuscon, using a St. Catherine’s of Mount Sinai Icon of Moses and the Burning Bush.

Ornament #25: Jonah’s Whale by the Pyle Family of Denver, using wool felt.

Ornament # 51: Song of Zachariah (Dove) by the Creaseman family of Texas, using a decorated dove cut-out.

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Ornament #22

David Psalmist, Psalm 109 Footstool by the Ries Family in Ohio (the musical notation represents the Psalms).

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Woven wheat ornaments made by the Schaefer family in Idaho

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Ornament batch #2

I have to say I love all the ornaments that have been coming in.


Day 3: Plagues of Egypt (Frog) by the Viers Family in BC.


Day 16: The Ten Commandments by the Naff family in TX.


Day 27: Isaiah, Call His name Emmanuel by Naff family in TX.


Day 36: Zacharias and Elizabeth (censer) by the Rutledge family in CA.


Day 42: Coming of the Light of the World (Uncreated Light) by the Rutledge family in CA.


Day 44: Shepherds prepare (standing shepherd) by the Rutledge family in CA.

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Ornament batch #1

I have fallen way behind and I am very sorry. Another batch of ornaments will be posted soon.


Ornament Day 10: Lion of Judah, by the McCollum family in TN.


Day 40: Manger, by the Mosher family in Connecticut using polymer clay.


Day 47: Naming of Jesus, by the Mosher family in Connecticut.


Day 48: Magi visits Herod (3rd King with Myrrh) by the Easley family in Leander, TX.


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I thank Wendy M. who so kindly offered me her collection of quotes to start this page off with. More will be coming soon.

“But it is not enough for us to abandon our possessions if we do not abandon ourselves as well. What does it mean to abandon ourselves? If we abandon ourselves, where shall we go outside of ourselves? And who is it who departs, if a person has forsaken himself? But we are one thing when we have fallen into sin, and another in the nature with which we were created; what we did is one thing, what we have become is another. Let us abandon the selves we have made by sinning, and let us continue to be the selves we have become by grace.” -St. Gregory the Great

“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” -1 John 2:17

“The man who is poor in spirit desires and says with his whole heart, Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. It is as though he himself disappears; everywhere and in everything he wishes to see God-in himself and in others. ‘Let everything by Thine, not mine.‘” -St. John of Krondstat

By the word, “world,” we understand everything which is subject to the passions, which is far from God. Here we are fine. Glory to God! We live in the desert of the world-we can go to church, we can converse with like-minded people. Glory to God!-St. Nikon of Optina

“Beware of passionate attachments to the world. Although they deceive you with peace and comfort, they are so fleeting that you do not notice how you are deprived of them, and in their place come sorrow, longing, despondency, and no comfort whatsoever.” -St. Leo of Optina

“Having recognized the truly useless vanity of the world, you should flee from it and seek for yourself a way to fulfill the will of God. But as long as we serve the world, we do not see the darkness of the passions, darkening our thoughts. Being in such a state of blindness, we do not care that by pleasing the world we become violators of the Divine Commandments, and we think by making a few minor corrections we will become true Christians; but in this way, we greatly deceive ourselves, not studying the teachings of the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” -St. Macarius of Optina

When a man seeks from a king a measure full of dung he will not only be despised by his despicable request, exposing thus his ignorance, but he also insults the king by his insipid demand. Such also is he who asks corporeal things from God.-St. Isaac the Syrian

Thirst after Jesus. Then He will satisfy you with His love. Shut your eyes to the precious things of this world, then you will be deemed worthy of the peace given by God to reign in your heart. Restrain yourself from the allurements that are shining before your eyes, then you will be deemed worthy yourself to shine with spiritual joy.-St. Isaac the Syrian

Attachment to outward things at once causes coldness towards God and the work of our salvation; coldness towards our neighbor, or hatred and envy toward him, if it depends upon him to give us things, and he does not do so, or if we are obliged to give things to him unwillingly. Therefore it is well to be perfectly indifferent to outward things, in order not to have any occasion for enmity towards our neighbor, which is a great sin. Be above all attachments to this perishable, vain fleeting world; live by your heart in heaven, and love incorruptible blessings prepared for those who love God and their neighbor.-St. John of Kronstadt

That which a man loves, to that to which he turns, that he will find. If he loves earthly things, he will find earthly things, and these earthly things will abide in his heart, and will communicate earthliness to him; if he loves heavenly things he will find heavenly things, and they will abide in his heart, and will give him life. We must not set our hearts upon anything earthly, for the spirit of evil is incorporated in all earthly things when we use them immoderately and in excess. -St. John of Kronstadt

“Do not the angels differs from us in this respect, that they do not want so many things as we do? Therefore the less we need, the more we are on our way to them; the more we need, the more we sink down to this perishable life.” -St. John Chrysostom

“If we mortify our desires, cut off harmful pleasures, and not only allow nothing to remain with us of this world’s goods but actually recognize that we are not our own masters, then we truly make our own the apostle’s words, ‘It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.‘” -Abba Abraham

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