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Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday at Levitan's Grave

Easter is so big it can't be celebrated in one day, so it overflows into an eight-day octave. The day after Easter Sunday has many names: Bright Monday, Pasquetta or Renewal Monday. In the Middle Ages it was called Laughing Monday - laughing at Satan who got his comeuppance.

I thought after spending almost fifty days reflecting on the painting-gifts of Isaak Levitan, we could visit his grave in the Novodevichy Cemetery and bless God for all the artist has brought to mind.

To bless God means to joyfully express gratitude to God, to admire God's beauty, wonders, goodness, richness, graciousness. To bless God means to delight in my own personal experience of God. O God,  you are very great!

Bless the Lord my soul and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Bless God!
For sunlight,
starlight and 
moonlight in phases.

Bless God!
For riverside,
paths and roads,
mountains and hills.

Bless God!
For spring thawing,
summer ferns,
autumn birches and
winter snow.

Bless God!
For twilight of
twilight of 
fog and mist.

Bless God!
For dandelion and lilac,
forget-me-not and moss.

Bless God!
For stormy rain
and pebbled beach,
forest edge, 
and flowering field.

Bless God!
For high water,
low water
watery depths,
shallow shorelines
and cloud reflections.

Bless God!
For meadows and groves,
bridges and boats,
silent churches,
and prayer.


  1. I am thankful for the things you have shown us using Levitan's works of art. I am only sad that your daily inspirations are over.

    1. Thank you for following the posts these many weeks. Yesterday over Easter dinner, someone floated an idea for next Lent. God willing!

  2. Levitan has blessed God many times over with his art. He must have had a great appreciation for the natural world. After his unsettled life, I pray that he is resting in peace.

  3. I expect Levitan is enjoying God utterly, fully - God who is All-Beautifu!

  4. The past fifty or so days went by so fast, it is hard to believe that Lent is over and the Easter Octave has begun. Thank you for the wonderful Lenten journey Father. It was truly an inspiration.

    1. And thank YOU for coming along. A blessing in the Easter time to you and your family.

  5. nice to see the pretty grave sight, Levitan was given. After all the beauty he gave us. I am happy to see, he is remembered in a lovely way.

    1. When Levitan died in 1900 he was buried in a Jewish cemetery, then in 1941 he was moved to the Novodevichy Cemetery where many notable Russians are buried.