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The Feast of Ascension

Today we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension at Little Ascension (the church’s feast day) and, unbeknownst to us, Bishop Ignaty, one of the vicar bishops of the patriarch, served. After liturgy there was a cross procession around the church:

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I think it’s quite interesting, and something that I generally welcome, that several times deviations from “the norm” here in Russia have particularly been at hierarchal services; for instance, the bishop came out with the chalice before communion and had everyone repeat together the pre-communion prayer which is usually only read by the priest. I’m not saying, however, that the priests read it poorly (most I’ve heard read it with feeling) but reading it together makes me feel that those present are really united and part of a community.

And later that day we went for a walk by the canal near our house:

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Tryphon has started to handle toys a bit

Tryphon has started to handle toys a bit

May in Moscow

After Tryphon’s baptism on May 2 we had a small gathering at our apartment to celebrate. Tryphon’s godfather, Thomas, a wonderful cook, prepared a sumptuous meal for all present.

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At the end of the day, Tryphon was tucker'd.

Tryphon's flowers

Tryphon's flowers

I received some more photos of the baptism itself, so I added them to the album.

Tryphon recovers from his bath

Tryphon recovers from his bath

Recovery has been reached

Recovery has been reached

What good are friends if you can't "sweat" with them?

What good are friends if you can't "sweat" with them?

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This boy at church was quite interested in catching Tryphon's eye

This boy at church was quite interested in catching Tryphon's eye

I'm glad to report that the main stage, from which dignitaries watched the Victory Day parade on Red Square, completely covered up Lenin's mausoleum

I'm glad to report that the main stage, from which dignitaries watched the Victory Day parade on Red Square, completely covered up Lenin's mausoleum

As Victory Day this year was on a Saturday, the following Monday was a holiday so we decided to go to the estate of Arkhangelskoye which is about a 40 minute bus ride from our apartment. Here’s a little taste:

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You can see the rest of my pictures here.

Tryphon's first words were, "I'm king of the world!"

Tryphon's first words were, "I'm king of the world!"

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Church of the Icon of the Theotokos of the Sign. This church is a shrine for St. Tryphon as there is an icon with pieces of his relics.

Church of the Icon of the Theotokos of the Sign. This church is a shrine for St. Tryphon as there is an icon with pieces of his relics.

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Nearby is the Church of St. Tryphon, which was built on the spot of his appearance during the time of Ivan the Terrible.

Nearby is the Church of St. Tryphon, which was built on the spot of his appearance during the time of Ivan the Terrible.

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A fit on the way...

A fit on the way...

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The blessing of our apartment

The blessing of our apartment

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Tryphon plays in his new world

Tryphon plays in his own little, new world

Tryphon tries out his different faces

Tryphon tries out his different faces

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A trip on the bus

A trip on the bus

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Contemplative Tryphon

Contemplative Tryphon

We went to the procession to St. Basil's on Red Square on Sunday, the feast day of Sts. Kirill and Methody, and ran in to some friends

We went to the procession to St. Basil's on Red Square on Sunday, the feast day of Sts. Kirill and Methody, and ran in to some friends

Afterwards we had a little lunch in GUM department store

Afterwards we had a little lunch in GUM department store

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Tryphon Enters the Fold

On April 19/May 2 (the feast days of St. Matrona of Moscow and, what we only realized on the morning of the baptism, St. Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople) our little Tryphon was baptized into the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church at The Church of the Ascension, that is, “Little” Ascension, in Moscow.

On the way with the future godparents

On the way with the future godparents, Denise and Thomas

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The Chrismation

The Chrismation

The Baptism itself

The Baptism itself

Thomas, the godfather, receives Tryphon

The godfather does his duty of receiving Tryphon

The Churching

The Churching

Tryphon's first few steps in the Christian life

Tryphon's first few steps in the Christian life

This is just an overview, so you can see the full photo report here.

Tryphon’s First Pascha Part Two

Even though Tryphon had been having the “cry my head off for no reason” fits about every day for the past week, Pascha evening we decided to try our luck and attend the traditional American Paschal celebration at the Hulbert’s. Tryphon sensed that is was his duty to behave for all those present and was a very good little boy. He even played well with the other kids:

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He took a little nap before the big trip:

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Tryphon’s First Pascha

On Tryphon’s first Pascha we went to the local church to have our kulich, pascha cheese, and eggs blessed:

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As you can see a lot of other people had the same idea. Since it’s the only church for miles they went in droves and arrived in hordes.

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Tryphon thought he would rather sleep.

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Some other random shots from Tryphon’s third week of livin’.

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Mom tries to take a much-deserved nap; it was not too successful.

Mom tries to take a much-deserved nap; it was not too successful.

Tryphon's second favorite place.

Tryphon's second favorite place.

The nurses just knew that the child was a born reader and hence the surname "Books."

The nurses just knew that the child was a born reader and hence the surname "Books."

At a mere 14 days old Tryphon has learned how to forage for food: