7 Quick Takes: Favorite Triduum Hymns

7 Quick Takes

Jen isn’t doing Quick Takes this week because of it being the Triduum but I thought I’d do some of my favorite hymns from this 3-day period. I’m unfortunately not making it to church because of Daniel so doing this list is a chance to scratch my itch for traditional hymns.

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Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness This is a version of the hymn “Deck Thyself My Soul With Gladness” that I love. It’s one Lof my favorite hymn tunes and one that I only get to sing once or twice a year because it’s a Communion hymn and one that our organist doesn’t like to play. As this is Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday, it fits.

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Sing My Tongue the Glorious Battle. This is a version of this hymn *NOT* set to Marty Haugen’s music. It tells the story of Christ coming to die for us. It reminds me of sagas that I’ve heard sung.

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Ubi Caritas My first introduction to Taizé music was at Maundy Thursday 17 years ago. This is one of the songs we sang. The translation is “where there is charity and love, God himself is there.”

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O Sacred Head Now Wounded This is a Good Friday standard. It’s a tune by Hans Hassler which was adapted into a chorale by J.S. Bach in the 18th century. The words are by Bernard of Clairvaux and date from the 12th century. This particular one is sung by Fernando Ortega who does everything beautifully.

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross One of my favorite Cross-centric hymns that is fitting for this occasion.

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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? I had a really hard time finding a version of this on YouTube that wasn’t overly dramatized. The most powerful versions of this are the most simple.

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Ah Holy Jesus This one has the ability to make me cry because it forces me to admit that *I* am the reason Jesus was crucified and that it was *MY* sin for which he was atoning. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a 17th century hymn as well.

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A Pertinent Quote

This was in my email yesterday and I think it is a fitting quote for Holy Week

I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality (unless I watch myself very carefully) asking Him to do something quite different. I am asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me. But there is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing. Forgiveness says “Yes, you have done this thing, but I accept your apology, I will never hold it against you and everything between us two will be exactly as it was before.” But excusing says “I see that you couldn’t help it or didn’t mean it, you weren’t really to blame.”. . .

Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who has done it.
– C.S. Lewis

What I Wore on Sunday: April 13, 2014

What I Wore on Sunday

I made it to church on a Sunday. This is SHOCKING!!!!!

Yeah, I made an extra effort because the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia is coming up next month and I need to fundraise for it.

As it was Palm Sunday, I decided to go Hawaiian and wear a shirt with palm fronds. I realized when I got home that I had another shirt that would have worked but it was nice to take the Hawaiian shirt out of my closet for the first time in a bit. To make it “church modest”, I put a white tank top under it.

Daniel did OK during church though we went home during the choir anthem to get the Promise Walk stuff. One of my favorite people handed me a $100 bill and told me that they needed people like me to tell our stories and let people know about the risks. I proceeded to CRY. ALL. THE. TEARS!!!!

Daniel and I.

Daniel’s clothes are all from Circo via Target.

Of course I wasn't using my palm frond as a Celtic broad sword!

Hawaiian shirt: thrifted from the Goodwill at the corner of Garey and Foothill in Pomona
White tank top: Mossimo (Target)
Denim skirt: hand-me-down from my sister-in-law
Sandals: Naturalizer

Jon having a sword fight with me.

Clerical shirt/tab: Autom
Khakis: Kohl’s
Shoes: Kohl’s

Go see the other ladies at Fine Linen and Purple.

7 Quick Takes: Kelly’s Lobster, A Mama for Brett, and a Plug for the Promise Walk

7 Quick Takes

Kelly got a Liebster Award and tagged everyone with a last name between G and P. Both my legal and married names count so…

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Favorite creamer for your coffee. If I use one at all, it’s probably vanilla-flavored. I need my coffee to taste like ice cream.

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Favorite cartoon show from your childhood. Easy. The Smurfs. My parents transferred all of our tapes of them over to DVD a few years back.

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Your go to meal on Fridays in Lent. These days I’m having problems eating because of stress so my big meal for the day is usually clam chowder in a bread bowl from Panera. Otherwise, it’s a simple salad, apples with peanut butter, or Greek yogurt.

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Blogger you’d like to meet in person (besides Kelly, obviously.) My friend @katerintree on Twitter and any of the #Cathsorority chicas.

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A book everyone else raves about that you can’t stand. The Promise-Driven Life by Rick Warren — I think I threw the book against the wall at least 5 times daily while attempting to read it.

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Orphans. Do you see this handsome boy?


Brett needs a mama. Are you his mama? Click on his picture for more information.

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Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. I’m the survivor chosen to speak this year and I would greatly appreciate it if you would sponsor me.

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at ConversionDiary.Com.

Lenten Music Monday: All My Hope on God Is Founded

Next week will be the last Lenten Music Monday until next year. I thankfully had a choice for hymns this week based on the readings and I went with “All My Hope on God Is Founded”. The writer of the words, Joachim Neander, is one of my favorite hymn writers (and yes, I’m geeky enough to have a few) and the music is by one of my favorite British composers.

Here are the words:

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew,
me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Pride of man and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple fall to dust.
But God’s power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought:
splendor, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
from his store
newborn worlds rise and adore.

Daily doth the almighty Giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
at his hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

Still from man to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ, his Son.
Christ doth call
one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

Here is the choir of King’s College Cambridge singing it:

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 7, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY April 7, 2014

Outside my window… dark. It was in the 80′s today.

I am thinking… about stuff I need to get done this week.

I am thankful… for Daniel’s 5th birthday today.

In the kitchen… dishes to do. *sighs*

I am wearing… Online Debate Team t-shirt and black running shorts.

I am praying for… my knee to heal, about how to handle Daniel being defiant, for a special intention, for the ability to forgive…

I am going… to try and get some writing and copy-editing done tomorrow.

I am wondering… when PG&E is going to fix the cement they knocked out in the backyard.

I am reading… The Alpine Yeoman by Mary Daheim. I finished Killer Physique by G.A. McKevett this weekend and Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. Jim Martin is still on hold until I get through all the murder mysteries that showed up for me all of a sudden. I’m also still reading through A Season for the Spirit by Fr. Martin Smith as part of my Lenten discipline.

I am hoping… I’m not having to rest my knee for too long — Daniel is on Spring Break next week and I don’t want to be limping after him.

I am looking forward to… my massage on Friday.

I am hearing a podcast by Frederica Mathewes-Green on “toxic charity”.

Around the house… dishes to do, laundry to fold, and vacuuming to do.

I am pondering… too many things at the moment.

One of my favorite things… iced tea/lemonade from Trader Joe’s.

A few plans for the rest of the week: ABA therapy every afternoon this week, haircut on Thursday, counseling on Friday morning, and massage on Friday afternoon.

A peek into my day… This was the first time I got to hold Daniel in April 2009.

Me holding Daniel for the first time in April 2009.

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The Reason for My Lack of Posting Lately

I’ve gotten a couple Facebook messages and emails asking if I’m OK because I haven’t posted in about a week or so.

The answer: sort of.

As many of you who have been around my blog for a while are aware, I’m a survivor of HELLP Syndrome and my son Daniel was born at 29.5 weeks in an attempt to save both of our lives. As a way of healing from what happened, I got involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation and I’ve been involved with the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia since 2011. This year, I’m the survivor speaker and they needed my speech last week because they’re using it for promotional materials. It was a really hard speech for me to write because it involved going back into a very dark place. I did get it written though and if you want to read it, click on “continue reading”.

If you want to sponsor me, click here.

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