Tryphon’s Newest Feats

At a record breaking 2 months and ten days, Tryphon has taught himself (with a little encouragement) to turn over. Observe, if you will:

He also recently went on his first picnic:

In the metro, on the way

In the metro, on the way

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And we arrived at "Path"

And we arrived at "Path"

It was a hot day (with lots of mosquitos)

It was a hot day (with lots of mosquitos)

He was a good boy and took a nap

He was a good boy and took a nap

So that his parents could play some badminton

So that his parents could play some badminton

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We even found a hammock

We even found a hammock

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He practiced his array of faces

He practiced his array of faces

Sly face

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Dad tries out the sling

Dad tries out the sling

He sometimes looks at himself in the mirror

He sometimes looks at himself in the mirror

...and smiles

...and smiles

We happened in a church today and found an icon of St. Tryphon

We happened in a church today and found an icon of St. Tryphon

Trying new methods for getting him to stay in the carriage

Trying new methods for getting him to stay in the carriage

Including putting him on his stomach so he can "crawl"

Including putting him on his stomach so he can "crawl"

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New Jerusalem in Summer

Now that the weather is much better it really makes Moscow unattrative so we’ve been trying to get out of the city as much as possible. Last Saturday we made another trip to New Jerusalem monastery as it is not that far away and fairly easy to get to. If you will remember, we also went to this monastery in the winter of 2008.

On the train

On the train

The main gate

The main gates

And the tower over them

And the tower over them

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Found a gravestone in Arabic...

Found a gravestone in Arabic...

The main church complex

The main church complex

The main altar's nave

The main altar's nave

The main altar

The main altar

The sepulchre

The sepulchre

What you could call the moat

What you could call the moat

33 steps down...

33 steps down...

...to this church

...to this church

The skete

The skete

You can see the rest of the pictures (121) here.

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.

More random pictures

Tryphon contemplates whether to wake up or sleep a little longer

Tryphon contemplates whether to wake up or sleep a little longer

Still contemplating

Still contemplating

Grandma tries to help him with his decision

Grandma tries to help him with his decision

Our first trip to the local "forest"

Our first trip to the local "forest"

It was rather sunny for the boy

It was rather sunny for the boy

On the way to the clinic. About every other babushka exclaimed, "Where's his hat? His ears will fall right off!"

On the way to the clinic. About every other babushka exclaimed, "Where's his hat? His ears will fall right off!"

Puttin' on the weight. Tryphon has gained about 1 kilo in his first month.

Puttin' on the weight. Tryphon has gained about 1 kilo in his first month.

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Tryphon tries out his first toy

Tryphon tries out his first toy

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Tryphon's pseudo-smile

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Tryphon doesn't much like hats, especially those that make him look like a girl

Tryphon doesn't much like hats, especially those that are rather girly