August 3, 2013
Welcome to Sabbath Moments, Colleen’s Saturday meme hosted at Thoughts on Grace. Please join us and tell us about some of your recent times of resting in the Lord.
A garden less plenty
This past week has been one of alternating thunderstorms and hot, humid days. Much of the garden is putting out a lot of green but not much in the way of blossoms. We have a much smaller harvest this year which is disappointing. I thought we’d be overrun with asparagus beans but I’m only getting 3-4 beans a day and the tomatoes are doing poorly, too, although the ones we are getting taste delicious. Performing best are the peppers. We over planted because of the late spring but we will harvest less than last year in the unbearable heat. This year reminds us to be grateful to God for whatever He gives and to trust in Him that He will supply for all our needs.
We are using Latina Christiana for our text and my two homeschooled girls are enjoying it. They are Baptist and their mother starts every school day reading from the Bible so they love learning prayers from the Bible in Latin. I teach them to sing the prayers in chant which makes memorization much easier.
This week, to illustrate some grammar points I chose Psalm 116/117 because it is simple, short and easy, and they already know most of the word meanings. Although it isn’t part of the formal textbook, the kids are motivated because they love the Bible and are excited to be able to learn some of it in Latin.
The doxology is at the end because that’s always included in the chant and by the great composers. Since they already know the Gloria Patri, it’s a review for them. We actually start every class with the Gloria Patri, Christus Vincit, and the Pater Noster. If I forget, they remind me. If these kids ever become Catholic they’ll find all of this familiar.Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, laudate eum, omnes populi, Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus, Et veritas Domini manet in aeternum. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper. Et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him, all you people. For He has bestowed His mercy upon us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever, world without end. Amen.
To further enrich the learning, I played this YouTube video of the great Barbara Bonney singing Mozart’s composition which is one of the most beautiful of all, albeit not the chant version I’m teaching them. The girls are learning about Mozart in another class so this is a way of integrating everything.
It may seem strange to say, but preparing for and teaching Latin affords me many Sabbath Moments. The greatest joy of all is that, unlike public school teachers, I can weave God into everything. Deo gratias.
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