Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category
This week has been a wreck with bombings, manhunts, lockdowns, factory explosions, the Senate caving to the NRA. I have behaved myself and not posted anything, but this cartoon just landed in front of me and it goes up without delay.
The tax deadline doesn’t line up with Good Friday this year, but …
But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” — John 11:49-50
Black smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel. The cardinals haven’t made up their minds, or maybe they can’t operate a wood stove.
Here is another method of choosing, more to our own traditions and times. That’s a comment on our traditions and times, by the way. The Catholics know what they’re doing.
General warning about this video: Don’t be drinking milk or any other beverage while watching.
And watch it past the credits to question #4 and more relevance to our times.
Credit: Lutheran Satire, whose motto is “Teach the faith by making fun of stuff.”
On Sundays we relax, maybe go into town (or out of town for an excursion), and those who wish may go to a church service. Sometimes we hold a service ourselves on the hotel grounds. Often, there are volunteers from an evangelical church nearby who have been helping us all week with food and logistics, and we’ve become friends with them and attend their church. Or, we have the option to attend a Catholic service.
Sorry no photos of evangelical churches. I have photos of the insides of a few of them where we’ve set up clinics, but these churches tend to be low-budget—and only the posters inside or the signs over the doors outside can distinguish them from a house, an apartment, or even a barn. Often they are based in the back yard of the pastor’s home.
The Catholic churches are always a work of architecture, even in a small town, and always adjacent to the town square. One of the things I love about Ecuador is their city planning: the downtown will be laid out as a grid with a beautiful park at the very center. Across the street on one side will be a church, and along another street usually municipal buildings and also shops.
It’s better than going to the mall! It’s a very clean, safe area for all ages and on weekends—besides church services—there may be celebrations, or outdoor markets on Saturdays.
But here are a few typical churches from previous years:
[liveblogging edit: I've added a few photos of the Catholic church here in Salcedo, across the street from our hotel. A few of us attended service this morning.]
Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt sings God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen like none other. You’ll notice that David Grisman and Jerry Garcia weren’t singing in last Sunday’s post; it’s because they’d be embarrassed after hearing this week’s.
Really sorry there’s only a slide show to accompany this. She’s really amazing to watch when she performs.
[Note: I scheduled this before the school shooting on Friday. I don't think I'll have anything to say about that in a blog post other than to remind us to pray.]
Merry gentlemen indeed.
These guys are good. I tried to post this one last year, but YouTube pulled it down (oh, what is it with the copyright police, anyway?). It’s back again, so listen while you can.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of my wife Jeri’s favorite Christmas songs, I think because it’s so well-suited to jazz. Here we have David (Dawg) Grisman on mandolin, and the late Jerry Garcia before he was… uh… dead, on acoustic guitar—both doing what they love.
Music is for celebrating.
This is how Latin might have been pronounced on the British Isles way back in… oh… early twenty-first century or so. The English folk-rock band Steeleye Span sings “Gaudete” a cappella. Great fun.
Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine,
Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary,
After scouring YouTube for a version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel that I haven’t already posted (English or Latin) I settled on J. S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring played on an unlikely instrument. Not only do I think Bach would approve I think Jesus would too.