Friday, 19 April 2019

For Passover



Passover begins today (April 19th 2019) at Sundown.  The Seder, a both solemn and joyful meal, commemorates G-d's liberation of Israel from bondage in Egypt.

Seders take place in Synagogues and in homes.

The Passover meal ceremonies vary from Jewish community to community.  Whatever the ritual the essential theme is freedom, and gratitude.

In the Jewish diaspora the usual custom is to hold two seder meals.  This is never the case in Israel.

Here is why:



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I suppose that it is impossible now to sit at Table for Seder without thinking of the horror of the  Sho'ah, (meaning "calamity" in Hebrew), even though there is a Jewish day of remembrance Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“  which takes place a week after the seventh day of passover.

At Yad Vashem in Jerusalem there is an eternal flame, sacred to the memory of those who were butchered in the Holocaust.



"Barbed Wire" Sculpture at Yad Vashem








Stephen Paulus and Michael Dennis Browne created the

 Hymn to the Eternal Flame

(To the Eternal Flame at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem)


"Every face is in you, every voice, every sorrow in you.
Every pity, every love, every memory, woven into fire.
Every breath is in you, every cry, every longing in you.
Every singing, every hope, every healing, woven into fire.
Every heart is in you, every tongue, every trembling in you,
Every blessing, every soul, every shining, woven into fire."
 text ~ Michael Dennis Browne


The music is haunting. If you have never heard it (and wept), please do so no






Thursday, 18 April 2019

For Good Friday

"To Mock Your Reign O Dearest Lord"

Lyrics   The Revd. Fred Pratt Green (Dec'd)

Tune   "The Third Tune" Thomas Tallis


https://youtu.be/5hsT2vMQHGM




To mock Your reign O dearest Lord
They made a crown of thorns
Set You with taunts along the road
From which no one returns
They did not know as we do now
That glorious is your crown;
That thorns would flower upon Your brow
Your sorrows heal our own

In mock acclaim O gracious Lord
They snatched a purple cloak
Your passion turned for all they cared
Into a soldier's joke
They did not know as we do now
That though we merit blame
You will Your robe of mercy throw
Around our naked shame

A sceptered reed O patient Lord 
They thrust into Your hand
And acted out their grim charade
To its appointed end
They did not know as we do now
Though empires rise and fall
Your Kingdom shall not cease to grow
Till love embraces all

For Maundy (Holy) Thursday


"The Servant Song"   especially at the Foot Washing.


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https://youtu.be/32jWTAIHXgE


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Inquisitive and Cautious

Dogs are both inquisitive and cautious about something new.  This was essential in their evolutionary development.

This vital evolutionary behaviour is a living stream, which I even now observe in Zion the wonder dog.

He needed a new bed.

I had a Four Poster Canopied Bed in mind, but I could not find one in canine size.

So I settled for this:







He's tried it out, but he  is not yet excited or appreciative.   

True to canine form he is both inquisitive and cautious.

Ain't evolution and adaptation wonderful!