Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 Thanksgiving Day Card

May God, the giver of all good things, continue to bestow His blessings upon you. May He, Who knows us and our deepest desires before we were made, continue to be gracious to us. May we bless Him by raising our hymns of thanks and praise for all He has done for us.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cantate Domino

On this day of the Feast of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, patron saint of musician, I was looking for inspiration on what to write about her or the art.

The Holy Spirit obliged.

Along the lines of quotes about music which I did back in 2005, 2006, and 2007, below are some Bible verses (Douay-Rheims version) which have the word "sing." (The search engine found 89.) Most of them, as you would expect, are found in the Psalms.

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou most high.
Psalm 9:3

Sing to him a new canticle, sing well unto him with a loud noise.
Psalm 32:3

Sing praises to our God, sing ye: sing praises to our king, sing ye.
Psalm 46:7

For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye wisely.
Psalm 46:8

Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth: sing ye to the Lord: Sing ye to God.
Psalm 67:33

It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High.
Psalm 91:2

Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour.
Psalm 94:1

Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with gladness. Come in before his presence with exceeding great joy.
Psalm 99:2

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Psalm 103:33

And let them sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.
Psalm 137:5

Sing praise, and rejoice, O daughter of Sion: for behold I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee: saith the Lord.
Zachariah 2:10

Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing.
James 5:13

Plenty of inspiration, both spiritually and musically.

Let those who pursue this art keep these things in mind.

St. Cecilia, pray for us.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November 2017 Morning Offering Prayer Intention

Here is the intention for this month when reciting the Morning Offering:
Christians in Asia: That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.
A reflection for this intention is found here.