Strictly speaking, this is not entirely music, but if you need a Monday lift, here it is! This is Dean Martin and Victor Borge (1909 - 2000) on Dean's show in 1969. Victor Borge is a pianist, comedian and conductor who has done oodles of comedy routines, really one man shows. Every time I watch him, I laugh … Continue reading Music Monday: Musical Phonetic Punctuation
Excerpt from "Reducing Scripture to a Single Proposition" (2005) by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Times out of mind I have been told by sincere Christians that the promise given by Jesus--the promise of His Father's granting us whatsoever we ask in His name (John 16:23-24)--is absolute and "allows of no exceptions." Some folks, citing this … Continue reading "Name it and Claim it" or "Thy Will be Done"?
[After Lunch Update: I guess the fire started back up because the fire trucks and police have reconverged on the house. I don't see any smoke so it can't be that bad.] This morning someone broke into a house down the street from us, sexually assaulted the middle-aged woman and physically assaulted her elderly mother, … Continue reading Morning Excitement and a Prayer Request
Some time ago Father and I discovered this hilarious sketch depicting a game show based on, well, nothing really. It's completely random and inexplicable. The title has turned into the perfect answer for questions like "What on earth would have made her do something like that?!" Answer: "That's Numberwang!" "Yes, it's time for Wangernumb. Let's … Continue reading That’s Numberwang!
Because the Dormition was yesterday, I'm putting up my favorite hymn of the season: O Pure Virgin, a prayer written by St. Nektarios of Aegina (+1920). The video below is in Russian, but I've included links below to the same hymn in other languages. English (part 1, part 2), Serbian, Arabic, Korean, Greek, Romanian, Spanish, … Continue reading Music Monday: O Pure Virgin
Joyous Feastday! Troparion- tone 1 In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity,In falling asleep thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos.Thou wast translated to life, O Mother of LifeAnd by thy prayers, thou deliverest our souls from death!
Tonight at Vespers, the lights, when turned up at Gladsome Light, actually made a difference in the overall lighting of the church. With the sun still high in the sky at six o'clock in the summer I always feel slightly silly at this point. But tonight the sky was still heavily overcast from the torrential … Continue reading O Gladsome Light!
Our birdcage now has an inhabitant. Friends of ours took pity on the cage and provided it with a lovely cardinal (beautiful plumage) to keep it company. Due to the perplexing lack of perch we tried wiring the bird directly to the cage but it kept flopping upside down. Hm. Customer: Um...now look...now look, mate, … Continue reading Beautiful Plumage…
I posted on Tradition and the Holy Scriptures the other day. It stayed on my mind, partly because of the encounter with the three little Baptist girls on my front steps Wednesday afternoon before church. (Parenthetically, why on earth would parents allow young girls go up to strangers' houses to "evangelize"? I was nice, but … Continue reading "It’s a Banquet, not a Buffet"
Anyone else out there like Scrabble? Word Freak Father won't play with me anymore. Even if I don't gloat. I mean, it's not like I want to build this. (Ok, I lied. This looks awesome.) And it's not like this figures in my plans for our living room any time soon. The children haven't been … Continue reading S-1, C-3, R-1, A-1, B-3, B-3, L-1, E-1