Sunday Offering Prayers for Dave

Dave, the leading light behind The Blog of Funny Names is an extraordinary person by any objective reckoning, and I feel very lucky to know him through my association with BoFN, into which he kindly invited me a few years ago. (Sad to say, I’ve become a rare and sporadic contributor, but I am still a regular there in the comments.)

Dave is going to med school and fighting cancer at the same time, and many of our hearts go out for him.

I’m not much for contemporary Christian music but I have a soft spot for the rendition of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy below. I present it with my best prayer intentions for Dave. The entire Chaplet can be heard here.

UPDATE: BoFN carrier of the flame Fannie has alerted me to a great news story on Dave by NBC’s San Diego newsroom.

Dave’s sister Vanessa has set up a GoFundMe page here.

Pentecost Music & Veni Creator Spiritus & Mahler & No. 8


London Philharmonic Choir and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir, directed by Klaus Tennstedt (1986). Soloists : Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott (sopranos), Trudliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize (mezzosopranos), Richard Versalle (tenor), Jorma Hynninen (baritone), Hans Sotin (bass).

ADDENDUM: Must be vinyl. The record skips in a handful of places. Amazing lack of pops and fizzes otherwise, though, if this is vinyl.

Lent Music & Open to Me the Doors of Repentance

Posted by T’Oober Annette Toob, who writes:

Open To Me the Doors of Repentance: A beautiful prayer sung during Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church (Ledkovsky) http://www.svspress.com/rejoice-hymns… Music from the CD: Rejoice! Hymns to The Virgin Mary sung by St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary Male Chorale, Crestwood, NY


Annette merits accolades for her T’Oob handle alone.

Sunday Photos Hibaku Maria

img_3464A fierce persecution of Christians in Japan began in the late 1500s and continued for several decades, ending in the virtual eradication of Christianity. But there were “hidden Christians” in Kyushu, concentrated especially in the area around Nagasaki and the setting for Martin Scorcese’s new movie Silence (based on the novel by Shusaku Endo). The “hidden Christian” practiced their faith in secret for generations. Even after Japan opened up to the world, the hidden Christians could not gain religious freedom until the late 1800s.

Urakami Cathedral was built in 1914 in the village of Urakami, next to the booming port and industrial center of Nagasaki. It was the testament of the “hidden Christians” of Urakami who could finally practice their faith openly. Formally it was called Immaculate Conception Cathedral (and still is). It was for a time the largest church in Asia. A wooden statue of Mary of the Immaculate Conception was set above the main altar.
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Urakami Cathedral was a few hundred yards from ground zero of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki about three decades later. The burned and severed head of Mary of the Immaculate Conception was miraculously found in the rubble. It is now enshrined in the rebuilt Urakami Cathedral and known as “Hibaku Maria,” or “Bombed Mary.”

Sunday Music & Blazhen Muzh & Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rchmaninoff, “Blazhen Muzh” (Blessed is the man) from Verspers, sung by Tenebrae Choir, directed by Nigel Short.

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
Alleluia.
The Lord knows the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked will perish.
Alleluia.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling.
Alleluia.
Blessed is he who puts his trust in Him.
Alleluia.
Arise, Lord, save me, my God.
Alleluia.
The Lord is the savior of the people of His blessing.
Alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and forever more. Amen.
Alleluia. Glory to You, God.