November 3, 2012
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A week of feasts
Last Sunday in the 1962 calendar we celebrated the feast of Christ the King. Part of the celebration was a procession after Mass with the Holy Eucharist in the neighborhood of the church, and then Benediction afterwards. I don’t do processions any more, so a couple of us decrepit people sat in church and prayed instead while everyone else was outside singing and praising the Lord. I found myself asking Jesus to pour His grace on all the world that every person would come to know Him and acknowledge Him as king. Our final hymn was the magnificent old Mainz melody with the words written by the great Msgr. Martin Hellriegel (1890-1981) of Holy Cross Parish, St. Louis, Missouri. The feast of Christ the King never seems complete without singing this.
The following is an excellent recording of “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King,” Hellriegel’s masterpiece.
November first we celebrated All Saints Day and on the second, All Souls Day, which I wrote about here. We got to Church early both days, which I like to do because I use the time to meditate on the scripture readings for the feast. That extra time is always a Sabbath Moment to me because it helps me get calm and prepare for Mass.
Our orange maple is visible from where I write. The leaves are spectacularly beautiful bathed in the early morning sun – that sweet light photographers and painters covet. Many leaves have fallen off the trees and the colors are dimmed, but not this one. Someone said that fall color depends on a good dose of rain before the leaves change. If so, we got a good rain in September that may have supercharged the trees. In any case, this is the tail end of the season. Soon most plants will sleep, while the tulip bulbs I planted yesterday will take root and prepare for spring. We are still 8 inches behind in rain fall, which I hope will get at least partially made up by snow this winter.
A trip in the country
Monday we took a drive into the country. The weather was gorgeous and I wanted to get some photos before all the fall color disappeared. Seeing the majesty of God’s creation is always a Sabbath Moment.
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