Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

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.

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      The sanctuary has really impressive frescoes. They are working on paying down the mortgage before building an Iconostasis.

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                  The Pantocrator (image of Christ) in the dome.

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      Peacock mosaic on the outside.

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      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.

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Fun at the Beach

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.

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                 Ready for the beach

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      Playing in the sand

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      With Grandma

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      On the pier

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       On the way to see the wooden ship

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      It’s there in the background. You can       see the masts.

A pretty fun outing for everyone!

Monkeys and Trains

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 moreĀ on my wife”s blog here.

http://laughingweepingliving.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/i-suppose-it-could-have-been-worse/

 

We did a lot of this on the way to California.

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

Riding the little train with Mommy

 

They also have a nice farm area.

We saw turkeys and lots of other farm animals.

We saw turkeys and lots of other farm animals.

And dinosaur eggs?

Stephen and Daddy sat in a giant egg!

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!