Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Galadriel Pipes Up in Music Class, Again -Updated

The day she got her assignment back the teacher informs the class that a student from the dance club might be dancing during one of the songs at mass.

Galadriel: No, No, No,

Teacher: She isn't from the dance club?

Galadriel piped up:  "No dancing isn't allowed during mass."

Teacher: "Well Mr. So and S says it's ok. But I would like to know where you read that"

Galadriel: "My mom does Liturgical Planning and she says it's not allowed.

Teacher: "Well Mr. So and So has been doing Liturgical Planning for the School for a really long time so I'm sure if he says it's okay it's ok.

Galadriel: (after telling me the story): I think Mr. So and So should read the GIRM.

Maybe Mr So and So should refer himself to Card. Arinze's answer when asked the same question (scroll down for the correct q&a

Galadriel noted later "Mr So and So is old, like 60"

I would like to apologize for erroneously writing the story. I apparently got the story alllllllll wrong.  Thanks to Galadriel for correcting the story.

Galadriel mentioned that there was NO dancing during the Mass!!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Galadriel's Investigate Religious Music Assignment

Instructions, Rubrics, Questions
Galadriel's answers
Quatations  and emphasis Galadriel
Teacher's comments/ grade/ etc etc
My comments

Chapter 11 Project

Investigate Religious Music

1. In what language was the music performed?
The songs are sung in English, although I have been informed that the words have been changed from the original.  An example of which was the opeing hymn: "Lift High the Cross", the first line of which was originally: "Lift high the cross/ The Blood of Christ proclaim" which has been rewritten as "Lift high the Cross/ The love of Christ proclaim."   Good example

2. Was the music live or recorded? Did the acoustics of the room add or detract frorm the music? Was the music 'miked'?
The music was performed live. The female soprano cantor and the organ were not "miked". The acoustics were pretty good. Only the aisles are carpeted, while the floor under the pews was not carpeted, and the sanctuary floor (and altar) is of marble. As well, the space is rather small, so a single voice can fill it. As Bear proves every Sunday when he provides impromptu harmony  to the Cantor

3. Who performed the music? (choir, soloist, clergy, congregation)
A soprano singer with organ accompaniament  performed the music but he congregation sang along.  The only exception was the communion hymn, which the soprano sang solo with organ accompaniament, with no congregational singing.

4. If a vocal or instrumental ensemble was involved in the service, what was the size and makeup of the ensemble?
The ensmeble was simply the pipe organ and soprano. However, as I said in question 3, the singer, who has a trained voice, and the organ, which is a Cassavant (an organ company- That's like saying Pavarotti is an opera singer) are enough to fill the church with music.

5. Was the music accompanied or unaccompanied?
The music was indeed accompanied by the organ

6. Which instruments, if any, were used during the worship service? (organ, piano, electric keyboard, bells, tambourine, etc)
The organ was the only instrument used throughout mass.

7. Did the m embers of the congregation particpate in the music or were they spectators? What did their behavior (sic) tell you about their attitude toward the music?
Some members of the congregation could and did participate in singin the songs during mass, others were spectators. Personally I don't like the working of the question.  Just because one doesn't sing at mass doesn't mean they are withdrawing to be solely spectators.Galadriel answered it according to the wording, and then went on The attitude of those who sing show that they know the hymns and they want to participate in the Mass.  The attitude of those who don't sing is unknown. They might not sing because they are privately praying, or they don't know the hymns, As Our Archbishop once said, they've changed so many of the hymns I don't know the words anymore or it's not their language.

8. Was there one predominant style of music or a variety of styles?
The hymns were different styles and eras. The processional hymn was Protestant when written in the early 1900s. The communion hymn was a Negro Spiritual, the title of which was unknown to me.  The Repsonsorial Psalm was sung in  Psalm tones

9 Was there one pervading function of the music or were there different functions?
The function of music at every Catholic Mass is clearly stated in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal(GIRM) (cf para. 39 GIRM 2002)
The Importance of Singing
The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord's coming are instructed by the APostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles (cf Colossians 3: 16) SInging is the sign of ht eheart's joy (cf Acts 2:46) Thus st. AUgustine says rightly, "signing is for one who loves" and there is also and ancient proverb: "Whoever sings well prays twice over." [GIRM Canada, #39]

According to the GIRM singing must be taken seriously, and singing should be part of the Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation and again, according to the GIRM, all things being equal, Gregorian chant is considered "proper" for the Roman Liturgy, which means that there should be Gregorian Chant at every Mass [GIRM Canada, #40-41] Obviously that did not happen here.

They did not perform this function as some of the songs were not even Catholic; they were protestant. This is often the case!!
While the priest is receiving the Sacrament, the Communion Chant is begun. It's purpose is to ecpress the communicants' union in spirit by means of the unity of their voices, to show joy of heart, and to highlight more clearly the "communitarian" nature of the procession to receive Communion. The singing is continued for as long as the Sacrament is beign administered to the faithful[74] If, however, there is to be a hymn after Communion, the Communion chant should be ended in a timely manner.

Care should be taken that singers, too, can receive Communion with ease.

The communion hymn should also have a relation to the Sacrament of the Eucharist and also allow the singer to take communion. The Communion Hymn that was sung allowed neither. IT had nothing to do with  the Eucharist and did not allow the singer to receive Communion. (I would have also included that it did nothing to advance the "communitarian" nature of the Sacrament)

10 List all peices of music you hear?
The songs that were sung were: Lift High the Cross, Psalm 128, Lord of All Creation to You Be All Praise, and Lord God Maker of All Things, not including the Ordinary which includes the Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy), Glory to God in the Highest, The Holy Holy Holy, Christ Has Died, The Great Amen, the Alleluia, and the Lamb of God

Chapter 11 Project Performance Rubrics

I will be listing only the Level And mark that Galadriel achieved

Information (Knowledge)  10/10
Collected a large amount of information based ont he given questions.

Description, Detail and Support (Thinking) 10/10
Provides lively verbs and precise nouns in describing details and supports points with specific examples and anecdotes.

Understanding (Application) 10/10
Demonstrates a solid understanding of the role and function of music in the worship service.

Organization(Communication) 10/10
Provides a well-structured framework that showcases the information and smoothly moves the reader through the text.

Excellent Report. Crystal Clear! 40/40

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Females should never have been allowed in choirs


"V. The singers

12. With the exception of the melodies proper to the celebrant at the altar and to the ministers, which must be always sung in Gregorian Chant, and without accompaniment of the organ, all the rest of the liturgical chant belongs to the choir of levites, and, therefore, singers in the church, even when they are laymen, are really taking the place of the ecclesiastical choir. Hence the music rendered by them must, at least for the greater part, retain the character of choral music.

By this it is not to be understood that solos are entirely excluded. But solo singing should never predominate to such an extent as to have the greater part of the liturgical chant executed in that manner; the solo phrase should have the character or hint of a melodic projection (spunto), and be strictly bound up with the rest of the choral composition.

13. On the same principle it follows that singers in church have a real liturgical office, and that therefore women, being incapable of exercising such office, cannot be admitted to form part of the choir. Whenever, then, it is desired to employ the acute voices of sopranos and contraltos, these parts must be taken by boys, according to the most ancient usage of the Church.

14. Finally, only men of known piety and probity of life are to be admitted to form part of the choir of a church, and these men should by their modest and devout bearing during the liturgical functions show that they are worthy of the holy office they exercise. It will also be fitting that singers while singing in church wear the ecclesiastical habit and surplice, and that they be hidden behind gratings when the choir is excessively open to the public gaze."
Tra Le Sollecitudine-Pius X, forbade women from singing in choirs

Man, when they( Pius XII, ) allowed women to sing, that is what started the whole ball of wax. First women in the choir began the slippery slope to the 1994 the indult permitting girls to serve the altar, which as everyone knows is the reason why women want to be priests.

Personally, I find this ridiculous, the women who want to be priests NEVER served the mass.  Most of the Women wanting to be priests are grey haired.  And girls serving the altar began in 1995- 16 years ago.  So as far as I can see their desire to become priest began with their admittance to the choirs.

The way I see it the cure for the ills of the feminization of the Church is to yank the women out of everything, so maybe when the indult to have females serve the altar is repealed, they should rescind the whole females in the choir thing.  The Altos and soprano parts could be sung by eunuchs.

If women can't sing, they certainly should not be allowed to proclaim the readings, so pull them out of there as well. Have them do nothing to serve God, Jesus, the Church or anything else.  And while we are at it, don't you dare try to have an opinion on anything.

I hate to say it, but sometimes just sometimes when I hear traddies talk, I am reminded of a comment by a civil rights acivist in the sixties who when asked: What is a woman's position in the Civil Rights Movements? Answered: On their backs.

I feel, that the only two ways that women have to serve the Lord and the church, is either to become a nun, in which case the best form of nunnery is to be cloistered;or be a mother, in which case we should promptly shut up raise our children and would you please skip mass for the first seven years of your child's life, so that your kid doesn't disturb the rest of the people at mass.

Coffee, Tea, Wine and Beer

Careful, easy does it, this is a meme.

Rules: The bloggers you choose must be those you have never met outside of the blogosphere.

Choose 4 bloggers from your list:

1: A blogger with whom I would like to go for coffee: Mary333
2: A blogger with whom I would like to invite to tea: Jackie Parkes
3: A blogger with whom I would go out for a beer : Richard
4: A blogger with whom I would share a bottle of wine. Larry D

The invited guests then make up their own list. If they so desire.

Any one wants to play go ahead.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For those of You trying to figure out the Economy woes

Here is Keynes and Hayak battling it out to explain

Then there was two

My one and Only Post on Occupy Toronto

The OT protesters are encamped at St. James Park.  They were issued eviction notices.  They "appealed" and they were granted a stay until there arguments can be heard.

Basically the judge said that yes, there right to freedom of expression and peacefully congregate have been infringed and it is up to the city to prove that there is good reason to do so.  The city says it does and the protesters say they don't.

I say:

1: They stopped protesting about 3 weeks ago and are now squatting on the park property. (They are winterizing their tents - that isn't protesting that is camping.)

2: The park needs to be "put to bed for the winter" (Public works have to get in their and shut off fountains etc etc or they will freeze and burst in the spring.  Failure to prepare the park for winter could cause 10's of 1000s of dollars of damage.  If that happens they should foot the bill.  I maintain that park through my taxes and I refuse to be on the hook for damages caused by them.

3:The area is not safe.  Women are being attacked and sexually assaulted ( Note in Canada, the Rape law was repealed and replaced with the Sexual Assault Law. The new legislation defined sexual assault according to three levels that include acts such as unwanted sexual touching to violent physical harm to the victim.and the organizers won't let the police in to investigate or gather evidence.  In fact, in at least one incident, protesters are filmed tampering with evidence, by wanting to "get rid" of a knife an assailant used. The Rights of the victims are seriously infringed when the organizers get rid of evidence.

4: Canadian Music Icon Gordon Lightfoot's daughter is one of the protesters.  He went to visit his daughter.
He said, and I am paraphrasing here:

"Yea, I came to visit my daughter. I don't exactly know what she is protesting, but she has been here from the beginning and only came home for a week, when she got pneumonia."

Okay, what exactly does she have to protest.  She is privileged.  If she is trying to bond and show her solidarity with the homeless, why did she go home when she got pneumonia.  The homeless don't get to go to Gordon Lightfoot's home when they get pneumonia, heck they don't even have the money to get the meds. Protesters, those in solidarity with the downtrodden don't go home for their health.

5: When told they were infringing on the rights of citizens enjoying the park, for you know park activities, they responded, "It isn't as though there aren't other parks"

The protest is OVER, go home!  Your arrogance is destroying any sympathy I might have had, and among everyone I know, I'm the bleeding heart, who agreed with your right to protest!  If you can't keep me on your side, you have no side.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The Following was posted on a Facebook page. I don't know if it is catechetically sound, but I think it is funny, even if the ending is a little racy
The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry mid term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.
The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student, however, wrote the following:First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely.. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.
Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct..... ....leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.' 

What's New on my List o' Blogs

Larry has moved his Acts over to Wordpress.  His new digs are pretty nice.  Head over, warm up the place. Update your links etc etc etc.

Two brand new blogs (well, for me anyway)

Robert over at Linen on the Hedgerow started following me.  So I put him there.

And last but definitely not least Jackie Parkes (mom of 10)  from Heart Speaks Unto Heart came by and dropped a line and so I returned the visit and added her to my blog list.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Arwen is going on a School Trip to a Chocolate Factory

Now, it has always amazed me how teachers decide where and why to take kids on school trips.

On the 22nd Arwen is going to the Cadbury factory. Yuup that's Cadbury as in chocolate.  Now, you might thinking: Whoa, why would you want to take a bunch of 8-9 years olds to a chocolate factory?  Ah well, it isn't as barmy an idea as you might think.

You see the novel they are studying this term is ....ta da... You guessed it. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Factory sent out a RELEASE FORM:

It included the following warning:

Please be aware that we produce a number of products that contain peanuts, a variety of tree nut, and other allergens.  Students and adults will be tasting and sampling chocolate and other products as part of the tour. For the safety and health of your child/ward, we cannot allow that he/she participate in this tour if he/she has any peanut, tree nut or other food allergies and they will not be permitted entry into the Cadbury factory.

Then it went on to the requirements necessary to enter the factory

Please note that we require all visitors to:

  • Wear flat-soled footwear with covered toes, such as running shoes.
  • remove and and all jewellery prior to entering our facility
  • Sequin/sparkled covered clothing or footwear is not permitted
  • Have legs covered (no shorts, skirts, dresses or holes in jeans)
  • Nail polish is not permitted
  • Cover all hair and clothing with protective gear (which will [be] provided at the facility.)
I am not so much surprised at the content of the Release Form.  After all they must reveal there are nuts on the premises and they can pose a danger to some people.  I mean some visitors might be bad nuts. Which leads me to the problems I have with the RELEASE FORM

One:  They don't mention is how do we get our children/wards back from the oompah loompahs after he/she falls down the bad nut chute.
Two: About the tasting and sampling: What do I do to turn my child back into Arwen after she becomes what she's tasted or sampled? Can I ask that she not taste blueberries.  Frodo loves blueberries and I would hate for him to eat his sister.

PS: Will they reveal the secret: How do they get the caramel inside a Cadbury Caramilk Bar?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Fourteen Holy Helpers

From Wikipedia:

The Fourteen Holy Helpers are honored in Bavaria as the "vierzehn Heiligen," and the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen is dedicated to these "Helper Saints."The Rococo pilgrimage church in the hamlet of Bad Staffelstein was designed by Balthasar Neumann and built between 1743 and 1772.
Devotion to these saints began in that region on September 24, 1445 when Hermann Leicht, the young shepherd of a nearby Franciscan monastery, saw a crying child in a field that belonged to the nearby Cistercian monastery of Langheim. As he bent down to pick up the child, it abruptly disappeared. A short time later, the child reappeared in the same spot. This time, two candles were burning next to it. In June 1446, Leicht saw the child a third time. This time, the child bore a red cross on its chest and was accompanied by thirteen other children. The child said: "We are the fourteen helpers and wish to erect a chapel here, where we can rest. If you will be our servant, we will be yours!" Shortly after, Leicht saw two burning candles descending to this spot. It is alleged that miraculous healings soon began, through the intervention of the fourteen saints.
The Cistercian brothers to whom the land belonged erected a chapel, which immediately attracted pilgrims. An altar was consecrated as early as 1448. Pilgrimages to the Vierzehnheiligen continue to the present day between May and October.
Name (Alternate)Feast dayPatronage
Agathius (Acacius)May 8Against headache
BarbaraDecember 4Against fever and sudden death
Blaise (Blase, Blasius)February 3Against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals
Catherine of AlexandriaNovember 25Against sudden death
Christopher (Christophorus)July 25Against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling
CyriacusAugust 8Against temptation on the death-bed
Denis (Dionysius)October 9Against headache
Erasmus (Elmo)June 2Against intestinal ailments
Eustace (Eustachius, Eustathius)September 20Against family discord
George (Georgius)April 23For the health of domestic animals
Giles (Aegidius)September 1Against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths
Margaret of AntiochJuly 20During childbirth, and escape from devils
Pantaleon (Panteleimon)July 27For physicians, and against cancer & tuberculosis
Vitus (Guy)June 15Against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals

Litany to the 14 helpers

These Saints are invoked as a group, apart from individual patronage, because of the epidemic called the "Black Plague," which devastated Europe between 1346-1349. Among its symptoms were a turning black of the tongue, parching of the throat, violent headache, fever and boils on the abdomen. The malady attacked its victims without warning, robbed them of reason and killed them within a few hours, and many died without the last Sacraments. fear caused many attacks and disrupted social and family ties.  

As devotion spread, Pope Nicholas V in the 16th century attached indulgences to devotion of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, which are no longer attached under the modern norms and grants, although their cultus is still efficacious and to be promoted.

The Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

For Private Devotion.

LORD, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us. 
St. Joseph, helper in all needs, etc. 
Fourteen Holy Helpers, 
St. George, valiant Martyr of Christ, 
St. Blaise, zealous bishop and benefactor of the poor, 
St. Erasmus, mighty protector of the oppressed, 
St. Pantaleon, miraculous exemplar of charity, 
St. Vitus, special protector of chastity, 
St. Christophorus, mighty intercessor in dangers, 
St. Dionysius, shining mirror of faith and confidence, 
St. Cyriacus, terror of Hell, 
St. Achatius, helpful advocate in death, 
St. Eustachius, exemplar of patience in adversity, 
St. Giles, despiser of the world, 
St. Margaret, valiant champion of the Faith, 
St. Catherine, victorious defender of the Faith and of purity, 
St. Barbara, mighty patroness of the dying,

All ye Holy Helpers, Pray for us 
All ye Saints of God, etc
In temptations against faith, 
In adversity and trials, 
In anxiety and want, 
In every combat, 
In every temptation, 
In sickness, 
In all needs, 
In fear and terror , 
In dangers of salvation, 
In dangers of honour, 
In dangers of reputation, 
In dangers of property, 
In dangers by fire and water, 

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord! 
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord!

From all sin, deliver us, O Lord. 
From Thy wrath, etc. 
From the scourge of earthquake, 
From plague, famine, and war, 
From lightning and storms, 
From a sudden and unprovided death, 
From eternal damnation,

Through the mystery of Thy holy incarnation, etc. 
Through Thy birth and Thy life, 
Through Thy Cross and Passion, 
Through Thy death and burial, 
Through the merits of Thy blessed Mother Mary, 
Through the merits of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, 

On the Day of Judgment, deliver us, O Lord!
We sinners, beseech Thee hear us. 

That Thou spare us, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wilt pardon us, etc. 
That Thou wilt convert us to true penance, 
That Thou wilt give and preserve the fruits of the earth, 
That Thou wilt protect and propagate Thy holy Church, 
That Thou wilt preserve peace and concord among the nations, 
That Thou wilt give eternal rest to the souls of the departed, 
That Thou wilt come to our aid through the intercession of the Holy Helpers, 
That through the intercession of St. George Thou wilt preserve us in the Faith, 
That through the intercession of St. Blaise Thou wilt confirm us in hope, 
That through the intercession of St. Erasmus Thou wilt enkindle in us Thy holy love, 
That through the intercession of St. Pantaleon Thou wilt give us charity for our neighbor, 
That through the intercession of St. Vitus Thou wilt teach us the value of our soul, 
That through the intercession of St. Christophorus Thou wilt preserve us from sin, 
That through the intercession of St. Dionysius Thou wilt give us tranquillity of conscience, 
That through the intercession of St. Cyriacus Thou wilt grant us resignation to Thy holy will, 
That through the intercession of St. Eustachius Thou wilt give us patience in adversity, 
That through the intercession of St. Achatius Thou wilt grant us a happy death, 
That through the intercession of St. Giles Thou wilt grant us a merciful judgment, 
That through the intercession of St. Margaret Thou wilt preserve us from Hell, 
That through the intercession of St. Catherine Thou wilt shorten our Purgatory, 
That through the intercession of St. Barbara Thou wilt receive us in Heaven, 
That through the intercession of all the Holy Helpers Thou wilt grant our prayers,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, ye Fourteen Holy Helpers. 
R. That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.

Let us Pray.

ALMIGHTY and eternal God,
Who hast bestowed extraordinary graces and gifts on Thy Saints George, Blaise, Erasmus, Pantaleon, Vitus, Christophorus, Dionysius, Cyriacus, Eustachius, Achatius, Giles, Margaret, Catherine, and Barbara, and hast illustrated them by miracles; we beseech Thee to graciously hear the petitions of all who invoke their intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who didst miraculously fortify the Fourteen Holy Helpers in the confession of the Faith; grant us, we beseech Thee, to imitate their fortitude in overcoming all temptations against it, and protect us through their irttercession in all dangers of soul and body, so that we may serve Thee in purity of heart and chastity of body. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOURTEEN Holy Helpers, who served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific vision in Heaven; because thou persevered till death thou gained the crown of eternal life. Remember the dangers that surround us in this vale of tears, and intercede for us in all our needs and adversities. Amen.

Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God, I honor thee as mighty intercessors, and come with filial confidence to thee in my needs, for the relief of which I have undertaken to make this novena. Help me by thy intercession to placate God's wrath, which I have provoked by my sins, and aid me in amending my life and doing penance. Obtain for me the grace to serve God with a willing heart, to be resigned to His holy will, to be patient in adversity and to persevere unto the end, so that, having finished my earthly course, I may join thee in Heaven, there to praise for ever God, Who is wonderful in His Saints. Amen

About Doctors and Lawyers

Doctors are said to PRACTISE medicine.
Lawyers are said to READ law.

Excuse me but before either of these hang out a shingle shouldn't they be passed the whole reading and practising part.

I'm sick

Okay, I've had it.  I'm done.  I'm crawling under a rock and staying there.

I just hope it's the same virus. Cuz you can't get sick from the same virus twice.  If we each got a different virusor a mutated form of the same virus.  We can all get sick again.

Bear's had the chest version.  Frodo had the croup version . Arwen had the stomach version.  Galadriel had the throat version and I, your humble blogger now have the head version.

My household is the meeting place for three different bug centrals.

Bug central #1- The university.
Bug central #2- Arwen's School
Bug Central#3- Galadriel's School

I'm just hoping that we all had pretty much the same virus with very little change, cuz if we all had different viruses or the same virus mutated much well then I.... I better bleach the kitchen and the baths.  And Lysol everything else. Did I just verb 2 nouns?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Thoughts

A Lieutenant Commander speaking at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies here at the university said among other things:

Every soldier fights for democracy If you wnat to thank soldiers past and present exercise your right to vote. Whether Municipal, Provincial or Federal, VOTE. Every ballot has blood on it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Remembrance Day, 2011

THE LAST POST ["MIDI Bugle by Neville Young"]

2 minutes silence
PIPER'S LAMENT "Flowers of the Forest"

ROUSE ["MIDI Bugle by Neville Young"]

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn .
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
RESPONSE: We will remember them

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

Tomb of  the Unknown Soldier, Ottawa

A few years ago, there was concern that we would run out of
Silver Cross Mothers for Remembrance Day Services.

Would it were true.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bear's Cousin Update

OKay I mentioned in the last update the Bear's cousin, Gord, had had surgery. 
The folllowing is from my MIL pretty much verbatim:

He had heart surgery.
They(doctors) didn't like what the found.
He is doing better.

I get the feeling the family is keeping tight lipped.  My MIL usually is very in depth about these sorts of things, but it's hard to be in depth if the information is scanty.

She and We thank you for your continued prayers.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Novena to Saint Jude.

Well, unfortunately, my prayers have not been answered with an yes.

At the present moment I must hazard that God's answer right now is either "no" or "wait"

Both answers are hard to take, but, by necessity must be acceptable.

"God can indeed work miracles and He can so quickly, but the human agents through which he sometimes works are sorely limited in their ability to manipulate time and space- One needs not have patience with God, but with the human beings he uses."


I won a lottery prize:

A whole $2.00- I got the last number in the ENCORE for October 14

Whoop dee doo!

Monday, November 7, 2011

House Cleaning

I'm fall cleaning my house.  Blame Mary 333- she reminded me that Christmas is only 7 weeks away, and I want the house clean.

Conversation with my mom

Puff: Ma, I hate cleaning the house. I clean and then everyone comes home and the house is a mess.
They can't keep it clean for 5 minutes. 5 minutes is that too much to ask.

Nonna: There is a simple solution.


Nonna: Once you cleaned the house, don't let any one in.
Your house will be immaculate, but your home will be empty.

She reminded me of an old italian proverb ( in her dialect):

Amare la case che nesciun' ce'trase.
Love/Bitter the house that no one enters.

Bear's cousin

Had surgery.

Not sure what kind, or where or whatever.

Found stuff, got rid of stuff.  He seems to be doing better.

O God of All the Many Lands

O God of all the many lands,
We lift our hearts to Thee,
For this fair land our Canada,
A country wide and free;
For mountain heights and northern lights,
For prayer, lake and sea,
For lavishness in all the gifts
That find their source in Thee.

We thank you that from many lands
With varied gifts we came
To pledge our love and loyalty
Where scarlet maples flame.
May justice here belong to all,
And may our nation play
Its rightful role in fostr'ing peace,
The peace for which we pray.

May we be worthy of our land
And seek the common good,
Which shapes a future destiny
In world and neighbourhood.
May this fair land, our Canada,
Your own dominion be.
Your people bless abundantly
With faith from sea to sea.

---Mary Susannah Edgar, 1889-1973 (Author)

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Christ, whose voice the waters heard,
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst the storm didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Holy Spirit, who didst brood
Upon the waters dark and rude,
And bid their angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren's shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them whereso'er they go:
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

--W. Whiting (Author)

O Thou within Whose sure control
The surging planets onward roll,
Whose everlasting arms embrace
People of every clime and race,
Hear Thou, O Lord, a nations prayer
For those Thy children of the air!
Thou at the impulse of Whose will
A troubled Galilee grew still
Thy chart and compass shall provide
Deliverance from storm and tide
Hear Thou, O Lord, a nations prayer
For those Thy rangers of the air!
Across the ocean, dread and deep,
Above the forest’s lonely sweep,
Or when through serried clouds they rise
And hidden are from mortal eyes;
Hear Thou, O Lord, a nations prayer
For Thy crusaders of the air!
Uphold their shining argosies
Upon the vast ethereal seas;
Encompass Thou their valiant wings
In all their brave adventuring;
Hear Thou, O Lord, a nation’s prayer
For these Thy children of the air!
Usually sung to the same tune as Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Canadian Army Hymn can't find, drats

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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