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28 February 2005
Lenten Photos 6, 7, 8 & 9

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9a)

24 February 2005
Choristers, St. Peter's - Happy 2ndbirthday to the

Two years ago today, the Feast of St. Matthias, I was leading a rehearsal of a bunch of ragamuffins in a church choir room in Lakewood, Ohio.

Maybe now would be a good time to point out that they have a fancy web site.

Happy Birthday Choristers!

23 February 2005
Lenten Photo 5

Mailboxes in Merrill Hall, Indiana University

22 February 2005
Lenten Photo 4

Indiana University School of Music, 3rd floor

21 February 2005
Lenten Photo 3

Found commentary in Mozart's Mass in C, Gloria

20 February 2005
Lenten Photo 2

11 February 2005
Smith, Jimmy - death of

The great jazz organist Jimmy Smith died on fat Tuesday.

Like many other great jazz musicians, Mr. Smith insisted that the key to finding his own sound was through studying musicians who did not play his instrument.

"While others think of the organ as a full orchestra," he wrote in a short piece for The Hammond Times in 1964, "I think of it as a horn. I've always been an admirer of Charlie Parker, and I try to sound like him. I wanted that single-line sound like a trumpet, a tenor or an alto saxophone."

Ratliff, Ben. "Jimmy Smith, Jazz Organist and Pioneer, Is Dead at 76." NY Times 10 February 2005.

10 February 2005
Lenten Photo 1


09 February 2005
Liturgical website changes for Lent

Just like me, this website has decided to give something up for Lent.

It wanted to give up Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for Lent but I told it that this was a bad idea. I mean, how else would we make the site look purple? Purple is the appropriate liturgical color for Lent. We compromised and decided to change a few fonts instead.

I like to read websites, but generally I think people write too much. With one planned exception on February 24th, the content of this website will be photographs for the Lenten season. The goal is 40 photographs (at least).

So, since I won't be writing anything on the site, there are a few things I am going to say now.

07 February 2005
hallucinogenic experience - the Transfiguration interpreted as

gettin' high on the mountain

Peter continues his narrative of a recent camping trip with the Lord:

"And dude, Jesus' face was, like, glowing. And then these other dudes showed up, and they all started talking together.

"Then I was all like, 'Dude. We're gonna need some more tents.'

"Then I started wiggin' out, but Jesus was all like, 'Dude, you're trippin'.' And he was totally right.

"A mountain is a scary place to get high, dudes."

See also this image from Mark's gospel.

hymnals - tangential explorations thereof

let's sing hymn 666Noah is talking a lot about hymnals lately. First, a hymn of the beast, and then liturgical shoe promotion on Super Bowl Sunday no less.

But I want to stick with the "hymns of the beast" concept for a moment: those hymns numbered as 666.

Is there a method to the madness? Which denominations have them, and in which of there hymnals?

Let's start collecting information here, and hopefully I can make this into a worthwhile study. So look in your hymnals and send me some 666 info (or leave it as a comment).
Hymnal Title Author Tune Name
Chalice Hymnal (Disciples of Christ, 1995) The Voice of God is Calling ? ?
Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal Church, 1985) Out of the Depths Henry Williams Baker, 1868? St. Bride?
United Methodist Hymnal, The (UMC, 1989) Shalom To You Elise S. Eslinger, 1980 Somos del Senor
With One Voice (ELCA consecutively numbered supplement) Great God Your Love Has Called Us Here Brian Wren ?

Special thanks to Chris Schroeder.

So, if Moses and Elijah were holding Converse high, do you think the Paraclete would have overheard?

I mean how high were they, really? Sort of makes you wonder about the cloud.


03 February 2005
St. Groundhog - Feast of

Yesterday was the Feast of the Presentation. I waited all day, but was not presented with anything.

Yesterday was also the feast of St. Groundhog.

This is the day when Jesus emerges from his tomb and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of Lent.

I for one could use a little bit of extra Lent this year to get everything ready for the Triduum and Easter.

01 February 2005
St. Brigid - connection to Altoids


Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.

Matthew 6:25, from the Gospel for the Feast of St. Brigid, February 1 (emphasis added)

If we are not supposed to worry about what we eat, then you definitely don't want to worry about this:

A Liturgical Guide to Altoids Consumption (revised)

Brigid is the patron saint of dairy workers; Altoids contain beef gelatin.


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