Is early Sunday AM here. Fell into a dead sleep after a busy thirty hours and then awoke way too early. Peter and I left on Friday afternoon for Ravne where he was to give a talk. We stayed at the rectory overnight and then headed to his grandfather's. Then to his parents', about thirty minutes away where we changed into clerics to conduct the funeral and interment (Mass will follow later) for a four-year old girl who was born with multiple birth defects and not expected to live more than six months. It was very painful to participate. Afterwards we went back to his parents to rest up a bit before celebrating Mass in a church about 20 minutes from LJ at 6. This was a good thing as recently the evening at our church in LJ, it is not the vigil Mass, was switched to 4 PM. No way we could have made it back in time.
After days of fairly warm temperatures and rain there have been a string, that is to continue all week, of freezing temps, clear skies, and sun, that rarest of commodities in LJ. The first two photos below were shot through the skylight of my room facing the castle. Can't decide which I like better, the color or the black and white.
We dropped some things off at a parishioner's home. These crosses represent the house blessing done each year. New cross for each year. One sees the chalk marks of the house blessing (the year and KMB, the purported names of the magi) on all the lintels. This is the first home at which crosses were pointed out.