Sabbath Moments

August 3, 2013

Awareness of God

Awareness of God

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.

Teaching Latin

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.
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.

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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6 Comments to Sabbath Moments

  1. Great sabbath moments. Like you said, weaving God in what you teach gives such joy! It would be hard to be a public school teacher wouldnt it?
    Summer is our rainy season but we have had more than usual this year.
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  2. colleen on August 3rd, 2013
  3. Thanks, Colleen. I really like your podcasts and your plan sounds great.

  4. barb on August 3rd, 2013
  5. I used to love Mass said in Latin with singing of the Kyrie, Gloria and on Holy Week the Tantum Ergo.

    God bless.
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  6. Victor S E Moubarak on August 3rd, 2013
  7. Those of us who have access to the Extraordinary Form are extremely fortunate. I grew up with that liturgy and find it, like you, truly beautiful and uplifting. Perhaps some day it will return where you are.

  8. barb on August 3rd, 2013
  9. That piece is one of my all time favorites. I try to convince brides to use it as a wedding prelude so I can sing it. Although I’m not as good as she is. 🙂
    Kathleen Basi recently posted..Sunday Snippets

  10. Kathleen Basi on August 4th, 2013
  11. Agreed. If I were put on a desert island for the rest of my life and could only pick one or two composers to listen to, Bach and Mozart would be it. Bonney almost ruined her beautiful voice until a teacher got ahold of her, stopped her bad habits and taught her the bel canto method. It is such a joy to hear it because I was taught that way. My voice was lyric like hers, but not able to carry over an orchestra. Now I know my neurological issues created a weakness of muscles that couldn’t be overcome. So I can listen with pleasure to those who can execute this really difficult but gorgeous music.

  12. barb on August 4th, 2013


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