First Signs of Spring

In the Orthodox Church, the beginning of Great Lent is referred to as “the Lenten Spring.”  The image is one of the new life beginning as the dead of winter passes away – a spiritual resurrection and renewal of life.

This year, here in Ohio, the beginning of Lent was not Spring like at all but rather was winter in its full force.  With our celebration of Pascha, Spring has clearly made itself present.

I share here a few photos I recently took in celebration of the arrival of spring.

We speak in the Orthodox Church about becoming a Christian as shedding the “old man” and putting on Christ.  Perhaps for me, these photos of Spring tell me we have finally shed Old Man Winter!

Sometimes the signs of Spring come in only the tiniest of things.

Sometimes we see Spring breaking forth in the landscape.  Thanks be to God!

You can view any of my photos on Flickr at Fr. Ted’s Photos.

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