Placez-vous sur les chemins, regardez, Et demandez quels sont les anciens sentiers, Quelle est la bonne voie; marchez-y, Et vous trouverez le repos de vos âmes !

I was glad when they said unto me, We will go into the house of the Lord
[ from Psalm 122 ].

A modern hymn -- Truth is heavy; therefore, few wear it. -- Midrash Shmuel on Avot: 4 (פרקי אבות)

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies [ Psalm 25:10 ].

If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that use, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. — C.S. Lewis

Jeremiah 6:16 - why chose anything but the best

Premier Novembre — C’est sa fête Toussaint (Festum Omnium Sanctorum): Called Allerheiligentag, All Saints Day in Germany remains one of several legal holidays ( Die Feiertage) in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Northrhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, as well in Austria. In Zeiten der Verfolgung durch die römischen Kaiser galt besonderes Ansehen vor allem den Märtyrern, die für ihr christliches Bekenntnis ihr Leben geopfert hatten. Christen wollten sich in der Nähe der Märtyrergräber bestatten lassen. Bei der Auferstehung am Jüngsten Tag wollte man in ihrer Nähe sein. An der Stelle mancher Gräber von Märtyrern erbaute man später Kirchen. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allerheiligen

Toussaint est un raccourci qui désigne la fête de « tous les martyrs et de tous les saints ». Cette fête a été instituée en 610 par le pape Boniface IV afin d'honorer Marie et les martyrs romains dont il avait fait transférer les corps des catacombes au panthéon d'Agrippa, reconverti en église. L'Occident a fixé la Toussaint au 1er novembre et fait du lendemain, 2 novembre, la Fête des morts. Par cette disposition, l'Église place symboliquement l'ensemble des défunts sous la protection des saints. Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for November 1st. A basilica of the Apostles already existed in Rome, and its dedication was annually remembered on May First. Gregory IV (827-844) extended the celebration on November First to the entire Christian Church. A vigil seems to have been held as early as the feast itself. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01315a.htm {English} Commémoraison des fidèles défunts:

« La mort a été engloutie dans la victoire. Ô Mort, où est ta victoire ? Ô Mort, où est ton dard venimeux ? »
[Première lettre de saint Paul Apôtre aux Corinthiens (XV, 54-58).]
« En vérité, je te le dis, dès aujourd’hui tu seras avec moi dans le paradis » [Luc 23, 46].
Jésus lui dit: « Moi, je suis la résurrection et la vie. Celui qui croit en moi, même s'il meurt, vivra ; et tout homme qui vit et qui croit en moi ne mourra jamais.
Crois-tu cela ? »

Elle répondit: « Oui, Seigneur »
« Lazare, viens dehors !»
[Suite du saint Évangile de notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ selon Saint Jean (XI, 1-45)]

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/a/fallthes.htm

Scriptum est in Gestis Pontificalibus", inquit Alcuinus lib. de Divin. Offic." quod S. Bonifacius PP". (IV.)" quandam domum Romæ, Pantheon nomine, quæ erat consecrata in honore omnium dæmoniorum, eliminatis omnibus spurcitiis, sacraverit Ecclesiam in honore sanctæ Dei Genitricis, omniumque Sanctorum. Unde constitutum est, ut plebs universa per totum orbem in Kl. Novembribus, sicut in die Natalis Domini, ad Ecclesiam in honore omnium Sanctorum ad Missarum solennia convenire studeat, illud attendentes, ut quidquid fragilitas humana per ignorantiam aut negligentiam in solennitatibus Sanctorum minus plene peregisset, in hac sancta observatione solveretur

"It is written in the Deeds of Pontificals," Alcuinus wrote about the Divine Office St. Boniface IV: "a certain structure (house) at Rome, named the Pantheon, which had been consecrated in honor of all of the demons; by the casting out all the filth, sanctified as a Church in honor of the Holy Mother of God, and of all the Saints. Hence it is established that all the people throughout the whole world, in the month November (the first), as on the day of the Nativity of the Lord, will go to their church in honor of all the saints and come together for the celebration of the solemnities and for study (reflection). Take ye heed (of this requirement), so that whatever frailty of human nature, through the ignorance or negligence in their solemnities have not been accomplished fully, yet shall their prayers be rectified in this holy observance for all the saints." -- The Pantheon, which was dedicated to the Roman Pantheon of gods (honore omnium dæmoniorum), was rededicated to all the Saints by Pope (and Saint) Boniface IV. During the pontificate of Boniface, Mellitus, the first Bishop of London, went to Rome "to consult the pope on important matters relative to the newly established "English" Church (the tonsure crisis). The feast day for St. Boniface is May 25th. http://minmaxsunt.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/festum-omnium-sanctorum/

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore [Psalm 16:11].

According to the Hebrew Bible, Hezekiah witnessed the destruction of the northern Kingdom of Israel by Sargon's Assyrians in c. 720 BC and was king of Judah during the invasion and siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib in 701 BC. Hezekiah enacted sweeping religious reforms, including a strict mandate for the sole worship of Yahweh and a prohibition on venerating other deities within the Temple in Jerusalem. Isaiah and Micah prophesied during his reign. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezekiah He is reckoned as a good King, in spite of his initial hubris. see 2 Kings 18-20:

Psalm 95:1-6 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 
For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, 
In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. 
The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. 
Come, let us worship and bow down; 
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

1 Chronicles 16:34 - O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
confitemini Domino quoniam bonus, quoniam in sæculum misericordia eius

The hymn "sung" in Chapter 16 is an ensemble from Psalms 105:1-15 (verses 8-22), 96:1-13 (verses 23-33), and 106:1, 47-48 (verses 34-36) - all of which are attributed to David. 1 Chronicles 16:39-42: David left Zadok the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place in Gibeon [in order] to present burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, in accordance with everything written in the Law of the Lord, which He had given Israël. With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord, “for his love endures forever.” Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at the gate.

The Season of Advent

begins November 27th in 2016

In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”

Lesson appointed for the Sunday next before Advent:

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “when I will raise up a righteous Branch to David; As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right on the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him: The LORD our righteousness. Therefore, the days will come,” says the LORD, “when one shall no longer say, As the LORD lives, who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but rather, As the LORD lives, who led the house of Israel up from the land of the north and from all the lands to which they were banished; these descendants shall again live on their own land.” Jeremiah 5-8 {link has Jerome's Latin rendering}

Pope Anastasius I was Pope from November 27, 399 until 401AD. He condemned the writings of the theologian Origen (Alexandria). Among Anastasius' colleagues were Saints Augustine, Jerome and Paulinus (of Nola). St. Jerome speaks of Anastasius as a man of great holiness who was rich in his poverty. Barbarian relations became the challenge of the times.

Several years after emperor Theodosius died in 395, when Roman imperial rule was divided between Arcadius in the East and Honorius in the West, rivalries within the court over-exaggerated the Gothic danger. These Goths (germanic tribes) had begun to integrate into the western Roman Empire. Not many years later, Constantinople, the capital of the eastern empire saw a massacre, where thousands of Goths were butchered by Roman citizens. http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/1993/04.05.02.html As a consequence, in 401AD these gothic barbarians (led by Alaric I) directly threatened northern Italy and in August of the year 410 sacked Rome. In so doing, the course of European history changed.

Beloved, we are now the sons of God,
but it doth not yet appear what we shall become;
however, we know that, when He shall return,
we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is [1 John 3:2].

 

Micah 4:9-10

Why do you now cry aloud—
have you no king ?
Has your ruler perished,
that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor ?


Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you
out of the hand of your enemies.

Micah 5:2-4

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small
among the clans [Benjamin] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.



December 8th -- Readings for today's Festival (From the first chapter of Luke):

26 -And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
***
28 -And the angel being come in, said unto her: "Hail, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."
29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought to herself 'what manner of salutation this should be.'
30 And the angel said to her: "Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found Grace with God."

Psalm 98 (Douai-Reims (1899 also spelled Rheims-Douay- #97) A psalm for David himself.

1 Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. His right hand hath wrought for Him salvation, and His arm is holy.
2 The Lord hath made known His salvation: He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the Gentiles.
3 He hath remembered His mercy, His truth toward the house of Israël. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and sing.
5 Sing praise to the Lord on the harp, on the harp, and with the voice of a psalm {on a lyre with music}:
6 With long trumpets, and sound of cornet. Make a joyful noise before the Lord our king ---

So, consider when all the earth could have seen His Salvation. Surely not in the time of David, so that this psalm also becomes a prophetic declaration of the Revelation of God, both in the First Century (Isaiah 40:5} and at a later time foretold in the Apocalypse (new Testament) and Daniel.

Advent
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned [Isaiah 9:2].


Christmas
for the life was made visible {manifest};
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us
what we have seen and heard
we proclaim it now to you ... [1 John 1:2-3].


Epiphany
Here is My Servant, whom I uphold;
Mine Elect, in whom My Soul delights.
I have put my Spirit upon Him;
He will bring justice to the nations

[Isaiah 42: 1 (NIV)].


Lent -- Carême
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore [Psalm 16:11].

Crée en moi un cœur pur,
ô mon Dieu,
renouvelle et raffermis au fond de moi mon esprit

Unto Thee {alone} will I cry,
O Lord my Rock {and my Redeemer}

Resurrection Sunday
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia !!!

This is the the day the Lord has made
Let us rejoice and be glad in it:

Ascension

For this is God,
our God unto eternity,
and for ever and ever:
He shall rule us for evermore
[Psalm 47:15].

Pentecost

And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams:
Yea and on My servants and on My handmaidens in those days
Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they {all} shall prophesy.
from Joel 2

Moreover, at law the surety pays the debt when it cannot fully be paid by she or he who incurred the debt. The gift of the Holy Spirit is regarded as the "arrabon" (ὀρραβὼν), "the pledge" or earnest deposit of the Christian believer's acceptance with God [2 Cor 1:22 and 5:5]. -- "Which is the "earnest" of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (KJV)" [Ephesians 1:14]. see also Heb 7:22 (by so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament) -- He undertook to make atonement for the sins of men, and thus prepared the way to deliver them from the separation from God that they had inherited by reason of sin.

"I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them;
I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,
so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them.
Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God." from Ezekiel 11:20
Because Thou hast delivered my soul from death,
mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living
[Psalm 116:8-9 (1599 Geneva Bible)].

Oui,  Tu as délivré mon âme de la mort,
Mes yeux des larmes,
Mes pieds de la chute.
Je marcherai devant l'Éternel,
Sur la terre des vivants
[Psaumes 116:8-9 (Louis Segond)].


"As for me,
I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last
He will take His stand on the earth.
Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God"
-- Job 19:25-26 --

July 26, 2016: Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France (située dans le département de la Seine-Maritime et la région Normandie). A hamlet called Sancti Stephani and dependent on the Abbey of Saint-Wandrille was reported in the ninth century in a royal charter. The village then developed along the road connecting Paris to Rouen (4 miles south of Rouen's city centre). During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the parish had five hundred inhabitants. This small village has several churches, the sixteenth-century church of St Étienne (Stephen), a church of St Thérèse and the twentieth-century church of Notre-Dame. The priest of the Parish of Saint-Étienne was Father Jacques Hamel who was ordained in 1958 and had been the parish's priest for 20 years. He was murdered during the Mass. One of the parishioners was also wounded in the attack and the French interior ministry said the number of injured could rise, with a second parishioner "fighting for life" with a throat wound. L'État islamique revendique l'attaque le jour-même. http://www.express.co.uk/…/Normandy-attack-hostages-taken-a…

Stephen is the patron saint of deacons, headaches, horses, coffin makers and masons. He is often represented carrying a pile of rocks or with rocks on his head. St Stephen's Feast Day is 26th December He is named in the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas." Stephen's name means "crown," and he was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=137

Acts 7:58 And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

Acts 7:59 And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge."
And, when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord....
Revelation 6:9-11
 
   And, when he had opened the fifth seal, 
I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain 
for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held.

   And they cried with a loud voice, saying:
 "How long, O Lord (Holy and True), 
dost thou not judge and revenge our blood 
on them that dwell on the earth ?"

   And white robes were given to every one of them one; 
And it was said to them that they should rest for a little time
 till their fellow servants and their brethren, 
who are to be slain even as they, 
should be filled up.
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
Et vitam venturi sæculi futuri.
http://www.earlychurchtexts.com/public/nicene_creed.htm

March 23, 1743: Georg Frideric Händel's oratorio Messiah had its London premiere. King George II attended. In the middle of the "Hallelujah Chorus" (the last portion of the epic composition), the sovereign rose to his feet in appreciation ! The entire audience followed suit out of respect for the King. So from the beginning came the custom of standing during the Hallelujah finale. Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G Major, also known as the Surprise Symphony, premiered in London, on this date in 1792.

The first audience to hear the Messiah largely lived in Dublin in late-1742. They gave to it what is reported to be the greatest ovation in that city's history. Some weeks later, a London audience heard it for the first time, and again it was a triumph. http://www.classicalarchives.com/bios/handel_bio.html

Behold, I tell you a mystery;
We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we {who are yet living} shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

An interesting aside: On April 6, 1759, Georg Friedrich Händel accompanied the orchestra and choir on the organ during a performance of the Messiah for the final concert of the Easter season. He passed away just eight days later, on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. His remains lie in Westminster Abbey. http://www.byu.edu/music/areas/keyboard/Organ/composers/handel.html

Voici, je vous dis un mystère:
nous ne mourrons pas tous, mais tous nous serons changés, en un instant,
en un clin d'œil, à la dernière trompette.

La trompette sonnera, et les morts ressusciteront incorruptibles,
et nous, nous serons changés.
Car il faut que ce corps corruptible revête l'incorruptibilité,
et que ce corps mortel revête l'immortalité. trans. par Louis Segond (1910)
Lay ye not up treasure on earth, but obtain a thing more precious;
receive life everlasting (la vie éternelle, Amen - vitam æternum).

God who raised Jesus, orchestrates unlikely relationships, which those of the status quo otherwise might not permit,
for the transformation of individuals at the margins of life.

For the promise is for you, for your children,
and for all who are far away,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Him"
[Acts 2:39 (emphasis added)].
and, he went on his way rejoicing !!!

And now why are you waiting ?
Arise and be baptized,
and wash away your sins,
calling on the name of the Lord [Acts 22:16].

O give thanks to the God of gods,
for His steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for His steadfast love endures forever [Psalm 136:2-3];

Placez-vous sur les chemins, regardez, Et demandez quels sont les anciens sentiers, Quelle est la bonne voie; marchez-y, Et vous trouverez le repos de vos âmes !

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