Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Les Petits Chanteurs in Needham tonight

The Petits Chanteurs from the Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinite, the music school attached to Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, will be in concert tonight in Needham.  Come listen and support them!

flyer for the Petits Chanteurs concert tonight

Here are a couple of videos of the Petits Chanteurs that I found online.  Enjoy them if you can't come yourself.  Or even if you can!

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Apocryphon of the Sacred Coffee

From the writings of Liza Anderson:

It is a sad calamity of modern church life that some parishes/parishioners/services (which shall not be named) neglect the practice of the Most Sacred Rite of Coffee Hour. Clearly they have forgotten the Apocryphon of the Sacred Coffee, an ancient text discovered in 16th century England and included as an appendix to the first Book of Common Prayer- newly revised from last year's publication after the discovery of more manuscripts! 

"And lo, it came to pass that after Christ and his apostles had partaken of the Last Supper, our Lord's disciple Mary Magdalene emerged from the kitchen with the sacred coffee urn, containing a delicious caffeinated beverage. But Peter, James, and John did protest: "Nay, Lord! For behold,the hour is very late. It is not an appropriate time for coffee! Moreover, now that the sacred meal has finally ended, we want to immediately rush outside and promptly forget this mysterious sacrament of unity that has just happened! We earnestly desire not to linger over a warm beverage, lest we be compelled to *talk* to one other!" But our Lord said only: "Yeah.....Trust me, guys... This is going to be a Really Long Night.....!" Alas, however, Peter, James, and John refused to partake of the sacred coffee, and thus they repeatedly fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane, rather than watching and praying! 

Therefore, in remembrance of this, the members of the Anglican Church must never fail to partake of the sacred coffee which, according to our Lord's most holy institution, must always be offered after each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, forever and ever, Amen." "But wait!" the people of the 8am service did protest. "Surely there is an exemption for those who go to mass at 8:00. For everyone knows that the 8:00 service was invented for introverts - and anyway, no one should have to speak at that hour of the morning. Because....well...because they haven't had their coffee or breakfast yet?" And the theologians replied: "This argument is unsound. However, in our judgment, those who find talking to other people more challenging may partake of Irish coffee instead, as a concession to their human weakness." And the Church of England did protest: "But verily, our coffee is extraordinarily bad, for we do earnestly believe that Nescafe is real coffee! Perhaps we might have Tea Hour instead?" And the theologians replied: "It is permissible to offer tea alongside of, but not instead of, the coffee. For you now live in an age of globalization, and are therefore without excuse. Such instant "coffee" is akin to electric "candles", and by extension must be just as zealously shunned by all true Anglicans."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

International Buy a Nun a Book Day

Something to Share (with a Smile): International Buy a Nun a Book Day

What a hoot!  And to think I was amused by International Buy a Priest a Beer Day. (What, you didn't hear about that one? You obviously don't have the right Facebook friends.)

No, you don't have to buy me a book.

But I bet you know someone who might like one.  Books are good things to give.

And if you don't know any nuns, make this International Meet a Nun Day instead.

Thanks to a priest friend for this.  (-:
Originally from http://www.ibenedictines.org/.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Praise To The Lord The Almighty



"Staggered," she pointed out, "and with a walker," but DOWN THE HALL!

It's four days short of three months since she met that semi head-on.

I am so excited I can't see straight. Danced down the hall of the convent.  Shared the news. Emailed my sisters.  Called one and left a message. Texted the sister who is working. Going to email the SSM sisters who are not here. JOY.  I can't even express it.

Yes, she has a long way to go. She still can't get out of bed into a wheelchair unassisted, but once put on her feet, she can go!  And this is the first day she's been allowed to try, too.  What perseverance. What strength.  God willing, she will be home by All Saints Day.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

letter from Trappist nuns in Syria

Why, oh why, oh why do we think that killing people helps anything?  Aren't there already enough tears in the world?  Aren't there people out there who can think of alternatives?

A letter from Trappist nuns in Syria: “Blood fills our streets, our eyes, our hearts” | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Trappist nuns in Syria