Tuesday, April 17, 2007


It's both hard to read the news and hard to not read the news. Most of my prayers today are in Virginia. May God heal and bless all those affected by this tragedy. Remember hope in these days after Easter.


  1. Prayer for Virginia Tech:

    Mercy of God deliver us.
    Love of Christ heal us.
    Spirit of God strengthen us.

    Lord, have mercy on all those hurt by the horrific massacre in Virginia -- the victims, the injured, the traumatized, the grieving, the rescuers, and the healers.

    Prince of Peace, grant that we may embrace your holy Cross and rise to new life with you, to be instruments of your Peace.

    Through Christ our Lord, and the intercession of Fr. Mychal Judge, "the Saint of 9/11". Amen.

    (from www.SaintMychalJudge.blogspot.com )

  2. We are all in prayer for everyone affected by the events at Virginia Tech.

    Would you be willing to share the descriptions of the items around your icon?

  3. Yes. Prayers from my heart too. What a tragic event. I feel so sad for all of us.

  4. Hi Kris with K, I read a beautiful (and amusing) synopsis about Greek Orthodox Easter by actress Rita Wilson this morning. Many of the items she mentions used in the Holy Week services are what you see amongst our icons.
    Here's the link:

  5. Anonymous12:59 PM

    What a horrific tragedy. How can people hurt others so much?

    My thoughts and prayers are in Virginia.

  6. In times like these I'm reminded that all we really have is hope.

    I can't imagine the horror endured, and the pain many are experiencing in its aftermath.

  7. Anonymous3:50 PM

    I recently subscribed to your site. I love what I have read. Thank you.

  8. Thanks for the link to the article! That was very interesting, and nice to see some in Hollywood keeping their faith.

    I love that you share your faith on your blog...my aunt and cousin (and late grandmother) are Russian Orthodox, and I love to go to their services when I am in KC.

  9. So true. Thank you for the good reminder to stop and say another prayer for these families today.

  10. John 16:33 -
    "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

    Thank you Lord Jesus that we can turn to you in time of need, and always. Bless those families and friends that have been affected by this tragedy. Help them heal and may this be an opportunity to come to see You.


    -Jess San Diego, CA

  11. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Anna Maria, I'm sure I'm not the only Hokie who reads your blog, but I'll say thank you for your thoughts and prayers, from all of us. I wish everyone who hears the news could know what a wonderful place B'Burg is; there's almost never crime here-we didn't even lock our doors at night downtown. We lost our innocence monday. And when I came to your blog today I was very touched.


  12. In the UK we are so shocked at this most sad news.
    Suzie Sews

  13. As the mother of a student at VA Tech, I have been overwhelmed by feelings of deep gratitude for the safety of my daughter and filled with sadness for the parents of the children who were killed on Monday. The simple act of buying apples reduced me to tears on Tuesday when I found myself searching though the rows of apples for my daughter’s favorite kind even though she is still at school. Thinking of our children is such an unconscious part of our being and doing that I was struck with thought of grieving parents doing everyday things like buying apples and then realizing that with their child gone, the brand of apple no longer mattered.

    Elizabeth ( Miranda's Mom)

  14. Elizabeth, I am so thankful for your daughter's protection. I certainly hope and pray she can feel secure one day again. Thank you so much for sharing a bittersweet moment in the love of a mother.
    Thinking of you, xo,AM

  15. Anna Maria, thank you for your kind words. She seems okay, but I am afraid Monday will be difficult when she returns to class. She skipped her 8:00AM class that day and three of her classmates went from that classroom their next class in Norris Hall. All three died! When those three aren't in class on Monday, I think the impact on her emotionally will be even greater. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful am that she stayed safe in her dorm.

    Thanks for your prayers,


  16. Anonymous7:04 AM

    A really beautiful tableau with a powerful statement of God healing and blessing all of those affected. Even those of us who are bystanders have been profoundly affected as we pray for the victims. Only the Peace of Christ our Lord can get them, and us, through this awful time.