Bread for the Journey

Yesterday was a Holy day of Obligation in the Catholic church, Ash Wednesday!

 Lent is a time for Homecoming!

While listening to the sermon ( Homily), our priest reminded us of the beginnings of the church. 

The traditional Feast of Saint Peter , it grew from Rome.

December 25 was a Pagan Feast day to a Sun God, and the catholics used the day , date of the 25th for the Feast of the Son of God.

In Rome, the Pope stands over the Tomb of St Peter. The throne of St. Peter, “Cattedra Pitri ”  .   Our priest described it to our congregation as a  big Bronze chair that is held up by 4  important saints called the Doctors of the church.

Once at home, I wanted to share the words of our priest and  gain some more insight to the Big Bronze chair.

The 4 statues of the important saints who were great writers and teachers are made of Bronze.   They are Saints Ambrose and Augustine for the church of Rome, and  Saints Athanasius and John Chrysostum for the Orthodox Church.

Above the chair is a window which is made not from glass but thin translucent stone called alabaster. The Dove of the Holy Spirit is in the middle of the window with rays of light spreading out into the basilica through a sculpture of golden clouds and angels. Bernini designed this to look like a window into Heaven. There was a great celebration when the chair was put in place on January 16, 1666.

Bibiliography:  http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica

Inside the big bronze chair is a “single chair”. There is a celebration of the empty chair and a connection with PETER.

To grow in the gift of the Catholic faith , there are three marks of Lent: 1). Prayer, 2). Almsgiving, 3). Fasting.   What a Joy it is to be renewed!!

God says, “Are you listening?”  This is an opportunity to pray…… and to Listen…….

On Monday evening , there is Eucharistic Holy hours.  On Tuesday, one of the Sister will hold “Readings”.  On Wednesdays, you can pray “The Stations of the Cross”.   Our priest shared with us that  as a child, He knew that every Lenten season on Fridays  as a family , they had fish sticks for dinner and that they went to the church to Pray the Stations of the Cross.   He said,  It takes  45 minutes.   He said our church also participates in Operation Rice Bowl each year. There is a visiting priest from another church and he is going compare our church to his as to how much is donated for Operation Rice Bowl.  Father says that our church has a much larger congregation.

He ended with this note.  After Mid day Ash Wednesday mass, Father ran into a lady who said this is the day that she came back to the church.  People leave the church for many reasons.  She needed to come here and start again.  And what a good day to renew, on ” Ash Wednesday”.

Lent is a time for Homecoming! To come back to the church.

One of my favorite songs to sing is “Hosea”  You can find it here on You-tube.  It is a beautiful song.

 

Quote :  Something to ponder and think about.

What if . . . God blessed you today with only the things you thanked him for yesterday?

From a Southern Plate.com reader,  Kathy Brooks

February 13, 2012 – 11:50 am
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Christmas Eve

My husband and I went to Christmas Eve Mass last evening.   During the priest’s Homily, I jotted down some of his words.
The priest began speaking about Joseph and compared him to our lives.
“We have our expectations, but life does not cooperate.” ” Perhaps we had a vision for Christmas, but it’s not turning out how we planned. Think of Joseph! He responded with Compassion toward Mary; Through the angel, he listened and trusted in God. When we have problems, whether work, school, or elsewhere, we trust in God. Use this as an example, put trust in God, for our lives. In tonight”s Gospel story, we heard of the Salvation history. God works through history; God is woven into the fabric of our lives.
This Evening, A New Day has dawned! A New Day Dawns for us when we recognize it. Tonight, We celebrate that “God has loved Us” through Creation. He taught us “How to Love each other and Love God among all things. Tonight marks the Anniversary, We are to realize, he is always with us , Everyday, not just this day, and everyday.

At Augustine of Canterbury church, 010309

St. Augustine of Canterbury church's alter during the Christmas season.

Christ's image is painted on the ceiling at the front of the church.

The Angel!

 

St. Augustine church- the beautiful view from the back of the church , the entrance.

Ruby Tuesday

RUBY TUESDAY

Swiss United Church of Christ in New Glarus, Wisconsin

This Swiss church is situated on a hill.  I was impressed with the  architecture and the two steeples.  There is a statue of memorial to the First Settlers, with many of their names inscribed in a brick walkway.

Since it was  weekday, we did not get to see the  inside  of the church.  But as the sunset was  fast approaching , we captured this photo.

Glaurner Stube, fine dining and spirits in New Glarus, WI

I like the red brick of this imposing building,  prettily painted Swiss scenes on the outside of the building, and the quaint  hanging sign.  What is  memorable, if you look closeup, is the name of the founder of the building and the year.  This is a piece of history.   I enjoy finding buildings like these.

built 1901, Saloman Stuessy

Reflection! What do you see?

 

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