FRANCK, MENDELSSOHN & BACH Cantabile (from Trois Pièces) César Franck (1822-1890) One of the twelve great organ pieces of Franck, this sweet, touching piece is very beautiful indeed. It begins with four rich chords on the foundation stops (fonds) of the Grand-Orgue division, with the principal melody of the piece hinted at in the pedal line. Then the melody officially starts – on a
She was no angel. At 82 she was still beautiful, with elegant hands and a perfect profile. But she was no angel. Her sense of humor could be raunchy and cruel. She pulled people’s strings like a virtuoso. But she loved her children. And she loved her grandchildren. God, not so much. We spoke about God. I shared my faith. She shared her life
I will confine my comments to the Psalms. Although the psalmist refers to God as a “refuge” in Psalm 46, he most often emphasizes God’s strength and force: “my rock and my redeemer” (19); “He makes wars cease” (46); “God the Lord speaks and summons the earth . . .” (50); “. . . for you, O God, are my fortress.” (59); “. .
Today’s reading in Genesis describes Joseph’s brothers’ jealousy of their father’s love for him, and fear of his abilities to interpret his dreams. They sell him to traders and allow their father to believe he has been killed by wild beasts, rather than see Joseph’s spiritual gifts as a way for them to grow in wisdom. Psalm 119 speaks of God’s statutes providing comfort
At its January meeting the vestry: Heard Fr. Andrew report on the success of the preparations for the re-opening of the sanctuary on Christmas Eve 2010. Heard Fr. Andrew extend his special thanks to the four departing Vestry members, Mary Gaillard, Barbara Head, Steven Hubbard and Stanley Weinberg and to Warden John Grimes, for their service during their current terms of office. Heard Mtr.
Old Testament: Joseph’s brothers conspired to kill him, but because of Reuben’s intervention they only stripped him of his robe and threw him into a pit with no water. Gospel: John gets arrested and Jesus walks away? That’s how the passage reads to me. Instead of going to visit John in jail, Jesus goes off to gather new followers. He then travels to Capernaum,
People often think about the season of Lent as a rather grim, dark time. After all, it usually falls in the dull, cold, gray days of late winter and is noted as a time of abstinence and fasting – of “giving something up.” But actually the name Lent comes from the same root word as “length” and it refers to the fact that at
Today’s gospel reading is very familiar; John preparing the way for Jesus and then baptizing him in the River Jordan. While a reading we more often associate with Advent, a time of preparation for Jesus’ birth, Lent is actually a perfect time to reflect on what Mark is telling us here. What does it truly mean to “prepare the way” for Jesus to come?
The following is one of the many lessons to be taken away from the Gospel of John. Here Jesus is praying to the Lord Father for his disciples, in doing so He teaches us, as believers, how to pray for each other. In this Jesus specifically says He is “not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are
In a world where things are often seen as black or white, we are often confronted with gray areas, predicament with a blurry line between right and wrong. In studying today’s readings, I’ve taken away one overall theme: to be present in and aware of our thoughts, actions, and interactions. We must be responsible for how we live our life. The Psalms contrast complaint