Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Christmas presence

{Click on the images for a larger view}

Icon pin of St Xenia of St. Petersburg, by the hand of Abigail Maria Fernandes, 2007.

In the early hours of Christmas morning, while we were still in Church after the Nativity Vigil and Liturgy, we received a beautiful Christmas care package from my sister. It was carried over the mountains by a friend.

In the care package, atop the other gifts, was a holy image I had commissioned, serendipitously arriving in time to be Krista's Christmas present. We had the image blessed and Krista wore the pin on Theophany.

Here you can see the scale of the icon pin compared with a penny:

We are blessed to have this icon of this strange, holy women whose story and prayers have meant so much to our family.


Blogger cyrilla said...

Cool! There is a two year old at our church named Xenia, after Xenia of St Petersburg. She has a wild temperment... which I was reflecting just the other day may be fitting for her saint!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

I would say so!

8:42 PM  
Blogger Rainey said...

happy new year!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Ostensive Lyme said...

Abbi has good hands.
you have a good sister.

hello sir! I'm wondering if you write for a magazine called "beyond," edited by a Karen I believe.

God bless you!
-Mark Basil

8:35 PM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Sure do.
Beyond is a gem.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Father Innocent said...

Dear Matthew Francis, Christ is Risen!
I met your aunt this morning in Digby, Nova Scotia. She gave me your blog-site and I looked for your E-Mail without success. I am a Russian Orthodox priest (half Russian) serving SW Nova Scotia, Southern New Brunswick, and Northern Maine. Our newly elected Metropolitan hilarion grew up in Edmonton.I would be interested in a correspondence with you.
With all +blessings+,
Father InnocenE-Mail: frinnocent@hotmail.com

11:10 AM  

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