I am (literally) in the upstairs of my childhood home, in the suite of rooms that was once my mother's, my brother's, and my bedrooms. I am (in my mind) eight years old. I am safe in my world, bolted in on a Saturday morning, left to my own imaginings, wanderings, creative projects, and songs; listening to the wind in the distance, awaiting the promised storm that will soon blanket the world outside my windows in pure white silence.
The voice of the Lord upon the waters,
the God of glory thunders;
the Lord on the immensity of waters;
the voice of the Lord full of power;
the voice of the Lord full of splendor.
St. Paul's in Harvard Square is my official off-island church home these days, and a couple of months ago, as part of a calendar project I was asked to help out with, I was turned loose with my camera in this magnificent church which is constructed of hand-carved marble, imported from Italy. The place is so massive and so spectacular that even after having spent three afternoons and many hours exploring, photographing, and viewing the columns and arches and porticoes from every angle, I felt as though I'd only scratched the surface.
St. Paul's is also home to a world renowned boys' choir school, directed by John Robinson. The boys chant the daily Mass and sing in a combined boys and men's choir on Sunday mornings. Heavenly (hint: run the recording while viewing the photos).
Good Morning, everybody - the thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's readings remind us that even in times of trial and tribulation, this seeming darkness is not the whole story. We are reminded to remain confident and hopeful because God is still in charge, very near, and he will never abandon us. Songs today at Windemere - 10:30, Ocean View Lounge; 11:15, Lagoon View Lounge. Sunday school at St. Andrew's in Edgartown starts at 9am. All are welcome to all of the above - come on along and "make a joyful noise to the Lord."
Good crisp fall morning, the 29th Sunday of ordinary time. Today's readings remind us that the only true power comes from God and that he is trustworthy and merciful. Songs today at Windemere - Ocean View Lounge at 10:30; Lagoon View Lounge at 11:15. All are invited to come along and Make a Joyful noise and be of service to a most welcoming and appreciative group of folks. Lots of happy noise to be made also at Sunday school at St. Andrew's, Edgartown at 9am.
Good shining, crystalline morning, everybody, the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's readings remind us that love and kindness are more important than our possessions. Songs today at Windemere: 10:30, Ocean View Lounge; 11:15, Lagoon View - singers of all ages all are welcome to come along and make a joyful noise. There will also be lots of happy noise going at St. Andrew's Sunday school, starting at 9:00. See you there - it's gonna be a great day.
Good Sunday morning, everyone. 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's readings remind us that it is in our weakness that we are strong and that when we are caring for the weakest among us, we are closest to God. "And the last shall be first and the first shall be last..." Songs today at Windemere - at 1:30, Ocean View Lounge; 2:15, Lagoon View. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to come along and Make a Joyful Noise. We will also be making lots of happy noise at St. Andrew's in Edgartown this morning at 10:00.
Good Sunday morning, everyone. Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today's readings remind us that God is especially present when times get tough. Songs today at Windemere - new schedule, starting today - at 1:30, Ocean View Lounge; 2:15, Lagoon View. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to come along and Make a Joyful Noise. We will also be making lots of happy noise at St. Andrew's in Edgartown this morning at 10:00 at the first day of Sunday school.