Thursday, March 10, 2011

Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Ghost)

Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Ghost) is a famous Catholic Gregorian chant traditionally used for Vespers (Evening Prayer) for the feast of Pentecost. This hymn is also traditionally sung during ordinations to the priesthood, while the Bishop imposes his hands on each of the ordinands and actually imprints the priestly character on their souls. It is sung on the occasion of the sacrament of Confirmation either as the entrance or exit hymn, or during the ceremony itself. The hymn was written by Rabanus Maurus (776-856).

If you have a few minutes, stop what you are doing, turn off all lights except for a small light/candle, make sure it is completely silent, click play above, and then close your eyes....Just as incense symbolizes our prayers rising up to God (see Rev. 8: 3-4), Gregorian chant is a beutiful way to lift our voices and our souls up to God.

Below is the English translation of Veni Creator Spiritus if you are interested in following along with the chant:

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav'nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray
O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost: give to us, in the same Spirit, to know what is right, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who with Thee livest and reignest in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God. World without end. Amen.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

They Call Him Lefty

Is it any wonder this kid's nickname is "Lefty"?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mayor Lucy Lou

Mayor Lucy Lou
of Rabbit Hash, KY

Only in the great state of Kentucky can a town elect a dog as mayor. This is precisely what happened in Rabbit Hash, KY. Mayor Lucy Lou (left), a red and white border collie, was elected mayor back on November 5, 2008. Mayor Lucy Lou is taking over for Junior Cochran, also a fellow canine, who was elected mayor in November 2004. Unfortunately, Mayor Cochran died on May 17, 2008. Here is a link to their website where you can keep up with all the happenings in Rabbit Hash: What's Goin' on in Rabbit Hash. The election race in 2008 consisted of several dogs, 1 cat, 1 opossum, 1 donkey, and 1 human (yes that's right.....a human actually thought he stood a chance in this race). An estimated 215% of local registered and unregistered voters turned out to swarm the polls.

Here were the official results:
Lucy Lou (dog) - 8,085 votes
Toby (dog) - 4,596 votes
Travis (cat) - 3,721 votes
Higgins (donkey) - 2,229 votes
Macy (dog) - 1,182 votes
Isabella Pearl (dog) - 580 votes
Pike (dog) - 557 votes
Rembrandt (dog) - 494 votes
Noggin (dog) - 184 votes
Molly C. Urso (dog) - 150 votes
Peggy Lee (dog) - 73 votes
Cletus (dog) - 54 votes
Manson Mayer (dog) - 8 votes
Paulette (species unknown) - 5 votes
Alex (human) - 2 votes (I would assume this has crushed any future political aspirations of his)
Ruby (species unknown) - 1 vote

While you're at the site, I definitely suggest checking out the links to "Herb's Thoughts", one of the locals. It's actually quite impressive that Herb can phonetically type out the way that he talks. Here is a sample paragraph from Herb's post titled "Herb on Elections" (Notice how Herb is able to construct a perfect sentence in English in the very last line of the paragraph):

"You know now, there’s a day comin’ up nex month, the very first Tuesday that you ain’t a-gonna be able to buy beer or likker. And that’s cause it’s a-votin’ day. Now, c’mon….most of yous is outa work, so I knows you have the time to come down to the General Store to vote. Besides, there’ll be plenty of fellership and libations down there to the Scalded Hog resterant. I heered the Scalded Hog has damn-near 30 er 40 years experience in cookin’ up ribs and fried cabbage and such. Leastways, the sign is thet old fer sure. Started out some wheres in the Carolinas and was brot here to Rabbit Hash one night by none other than Crazy Clifford. After some serious improvements to the recipe, the pulled pork and the baby back ribs have been voted number one in the Ohio River Valley from Pittsburgh to Cairo."
Although Rabbit Hash seems like it could be the setting for the movie Deliverance, it also seems like it would be a fun place to visit.  I may have to check out Rabbit Hash next time I head south.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Who Was The Mysterious Melchizedek?

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology has a wonderful website at I go to this site regularly to find reliable resources on apologetics and scripture. The St. Paul Center is a non-profit research and educational institute founded by Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn in 2002 and is located in Steubenville, OH.    
One of the great resources that the site offers is online bible studies. I stumbled across their most recent study titled Covenant Love: Introducing the Biblical Worldview. The study covers all of the major covenants of the bible and shows how the culmination of all the covenants is finalized in Jesus. All six major covenants of the bible are studied as follows:
1. Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-2:3)
2. Noah and his family (
Genesis 9:8-17)
3. Abraham and his descendants (
Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-14; 22:16-18)
4. Moses and the Israelites (
Exodus 19:5-6; 3:4-10; 6:7)
5. David and the Kingdom of Israel (
2 Samuel 7:8-19)
6. Jesus and the Church (
Matthew 26:28; 16:17-19)