Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent’s forty days.

Both of us had the day off and we attended the 1210 noon Ashes service together.

The entrance song we sang was  “Again We Keep the Solumn Fast”

The first line of the song is ” A gift of faith from ages past.  This Lent which binds us lovingly to faith and hope and charity.”

The text is attributed to St Gregory the Great, ca 540-604 and adapted by Johann Sebastian Bach 1865-1755?

Another beautiful   song by St Gregory the Great:

The Glory of These Forty Days
The glory of these forty days
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by Whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.

Alone and fasting Moses saw
The loving God Who gave the law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.

So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lions’ might;
And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became
The herald of Messiah’s Name.

Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
Full oft in fast and prayer with Thee;
Our spirits strengthen with Thy grace,
And give us joy to see Thy face.

O Father, Son, and Spirit blessed,
To thee be every prayer addressed,
Who art in threefold Name adored,
From age to age, the only Lord.

Short, sweet, and to the point. Thank you, St. Gregory

The First Reading:

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Joel 2012-18.

The first line is “Return to me with your whole heart, with Fasting, and weeping, and mourning;…..

When we receive the ashes from the priest, he makes the sign of the cross with the ashes and says these words,” Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel”.

our priest, father Bob, encourages us today to “Ask the spirit, what do the words mean?”  It is by the Grace of God.

During these 40 days of Lent we must focus on three things:

The first is prayer.  Prayer is to be more intensive during Lent.

Second is Alms giving.  For our purpose, we have “Operation Rice Bowl, and a opportunity to donate small items for various charities.

By the cross of St. Lucy Philipini, there will be a basket of simple items to give which are  printed on post cards , which we can choose, and  return in the following weeks of Lent a place these items before St. Lucy Philipini’s cross.

The third is Fasting and Abstinence.  During the forty days of Lent, we are to Fast on Fridays, as well as on today, Ash Wednesday.   Our priest said, that” Fasting spiritually prepares you throughout the season to hunger, give up something spiritual, because We Love Jesus  .  Be quiet and let the Holy Spirit touch your Soul.”

Dominick The Donkey

In the spirit of my Italian-themed title blog, I bring to you an “Italian” Christmas song. Light-hearted and fun with a happy sounding music.I wish everyone a Blessed Christmas.

Rainy Day

a rainy day in my garden

a rainy day in my garden

Life sometimes moves too fast and I decided that one way to slow it down is to capture life’s ordinary happenings in photos and video.

Here are photos of my kitchen garden on a rainy day.  The purple hue of my morning glories glisten after the rain.  It’s green leaves, too hold tiny water droplets.

rain droplets on morning glory flower

rain droplets on morning glory flower

Raindrops keep falling on my head……..

so I just did some talking to the sun

Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep falling……

And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done

Sleepin on the job

Michael Jackson-Man In The Mirror

Michael Jackson   ” Man in The Mirror”……

“If  You Want To Make the World a Better Place

Take a look at yourself and make that Change”

Colbie Caillat lyrics, Just Take Your Time Wherever you Go…


Lyrics:
Will you count me in?

V1: I’ve been awake for a while now
you’ve got me feelin like a child now
cause every time I see your bubbly face
I get the tinglies in a silly place

C: It starts in my toes
and I crinkle my nose
wherever it goes I always know
that you make me smile
please stay for a while now
just take your time
wherever you go

V2: The rain is fallin on my window pane
but we are hiding in a safer place
under covers stayin dry and warm
you give me feelins that I adore

C: It starts in my toes
make me crinkle my nose
where ever it goes
I always know
that you make me smile
please stay for a while now
just take your time
wherever you go

B: What am I gonna say
when you make me feel this way
I just……..mmmmmm

C: It starts in my toes
make me crinkle my nose
wherever it goes
I always know
that you make me smile
please stay for a while now
just take your time
wherever you go

V3: I’ve been asleep for a while now
You tucked me in just like a child now
Cause every time you hold me in your arms
I’m comfortable enough to feel your warmth

C: It starts in my soul
And I lose all control
When you kiss my nose
The feelin shows
Cause you make me smile
Baby just take your time now
Holdin me tight

Wherever, wherever, wherever you go
Wherever, wherever, wherever you go
Wherever you go, I’ll always know
Cause you make me smile here, just for a while

Dominick The Donkey

In the spirit of my Italian-themed title blog, I bring to you an “Italian” Christmas song. Light-hearted and fun with a happy sounding music.I wish everyone a Blessed Christmas.

%d bloggers like this: