Sunday, February 18, 2007

February 18, 2007

Isn’t it strange....

Isn't it strange how a $20 bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're praying,but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible,but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel or ZANE GREY book?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or sporting events,but they do whatever is possible to sit in the last row in Church?

From the Choir Loft

We have begun our Easter Cantata preparations. We are planning at least two concerts. The Community Chorus will rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM. Our Community Chorus is open to all adults ages 13 years and up. No auditions are required, just a love of music and willingness to put up with me. If you have any questions, please contact the church office (716-672-2048) or contact:

Bud Lowery (716) 934-7734 or or visit

Wit or Wisdom?

These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter…I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.

Ash Wednesday

"Ash Wednesday"is the first day of Lent, the 40-day period (not including Sundays) of fasting, abstinence and repentance leading up to Easter. The 40 days may signify the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry. It is also known as the 'Day of Ashes'. So called because on that day at church the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. Putting a 'cross'

mark on the forehead was in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian in baptism. According to ancient custom, all the faithful are exhorted to approach the altar before the beginning of Ash Wednesday Mass. There the priest, dipping his thumb into ashes previously blessed, marks the forehead of each (or in case of clerics upon a place on the head) the sign of the cross, saying the words: "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return."

The ashes used in this ceremony are made by burning the remains of the palms blessed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The ashes are sprinkled with holy water and purified with incense. The celebrant himself, be he bishop or cardinal, receives either standing or seated, the ashes from some other priest, usually the highest in dignity of those present. In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesdays and Good Fridays are the only days on which fasting is still universally encouraged to those members between the ages of 14 – 55 and in good health.

(Special thanks to Father Louis Dolinci)

Bud’s History of the Hymns

February 18, 2007

‘When Morning Gilds the Skies’

(1854) page 185 Words from Katholisches Gesangbuch

Translated by Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)

Music by Joseph Barnby (1838 - 1896)

Written in 1744 by an anonymous German Catholic priest, these beautiful words of worship were translated into English one hundred years later by Edward Caswall. Edward Caswall was born in Yately, England on July 15, 1814.

He was the son of a vicar of the Church of England, graduated from Oxford and like his father, became a clergyman of the English Church. In 1847, however, he left that church and became a Catholic priest in the Birmingham church founded by Cardinal Newman, where he remained until his death, January 2, 1878.

He was very earnest in his duties as a minister, and took a loving interest in the poor, the sick and little children.

Our hymn is a translation from a German hymn, but so free a translation that it is practically a new hymn. The hymn is said to be a great favorite in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, where it is usually printed for distribution on a separate sheet.

Meanwhile…1854…153 years ago…in the United States…

President: Franklin Pierce…V.P.: William R. King

John Phillip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. (11/16/1854)

The accordion received a patent by Anthony Faas

The Republican Party was formed

Wood-pulp paper was 1st exhibited in Buffalo, NY

260 people die in one week in Buffalo, NY as a result of cholera

The D. Carpenter Manufacturing Co. was operating in Sheridan, NY

Ref. CenterForChurchMusic BuffaloHistory TanBible DmarieCapsule Cyberhymnal BrainyHistory

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