This morning went to visit Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim, California. A friend of ours from church used to be a parishioner here when he lived in Anaheim. So we told him we’d visit. For those of you who don’t know, my family has been going to a Ukrainian Catholic parish for a little over a year. I plan to write a series of blog posts on why we decided to become Byzantine Catholics, at a future date.
This morning which happened to be July 4th, we went to the 9am weekday liturgy at Annunciation. We were greeted before we even entered the building by a man who happened to be a cousin of a parishioner at our church in Akron. The church is very beautiful. We really enjoyed the liturgy, and felt at home, even if the music was a little unfamiliar. Fr. James Barrand was very friendly and took time to talk to us before and after the liturgy.
The sanctuary has really impressive frescoes. They are working on paying down the mortgage before building an Iconostasis.
The Pantocrator (image of Christ) in the dome.
Peacock mosaic on the outside.
Sign, and lilac trees. I didn’t know lilacs came in a tree version.
If you are ever in Orange County, check it out. It is worth a visit.
This morning went to Dana Point to have some beachy fun. It is a short drive from my parents’ house. There are closer beaches, but Dana Point has a “baby beach. ” It is behind a breakwater in the harbor, so there are almost no waves. Perfect for Stephen! We all had a lot of fun. We built a sandcastle, waded in the ocean, picknicked, walked on a pier, and looked at a wooden ship.
Ready for the beach
Playing in the sand
On the pier
On the way to see the wooden ship
It’s there in the background. You can see the masts.
A pretty fun outing for everyone!
We are on vacation in Orange County, California this week visiting my parents. Getting here was pretty difficult. It included a change of airports, an accidentally deployed emergency exit slide, and a unplanned overnight stop in Wichita, Kansas. You can read more on my wife”s blog here.
We did a lot of this on the way to California.
Yesterday we went to the Santa Ana Zoo. There were two main highlights: Monkeys and a train ride. They have a really impressive collection of monkeys at the Santa Ana zoo. I would say it is pretty much a monkey zoo, with some really nice landscaping and a few other animals.
They also have a miniature railroad which was really fun. Stephen says it’s “like Thomas,” which is probably the highest praise you can get from a 3 year old.
Riding the little train with Mommy
They also have a nice farm area.
We saw turkeys and lots of other farm animals.
And dinosaur eggs?
Stephen and Daddy sat in a giant egg!
Here is a video of monkeys trying to escape their cage, or something.
I would have taken more pictures of all the beautiful monkeys, but the way the cages were set up, it was really hard to get any good shots.
A pretty fun day all around!