Showing posts with label church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label church. Show all posts

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Song ...


“One is always at home in one’s past ...”
                ~ Vladimir Nabokov
                ~ Russian-American novelist
                          ~ 1899-1977
   ~ from his 1951 memoir “Speak, Memory”


Visitors to the 29th Belvidere Victorian Days enjoy listening to The Antebellum Marine Band in Garret D. Wall Park in front of United Presbyterian Church on a beautiful waning summer afternoon in Belvidere, New Jersey.

Victorian Days, held the weekend after Labor Day, is a celebration of Belvidere’s Victorian heritage. Festivities include live entertainment; antique, craft and food vendors; antique/vintage car show; and Victorian era demonstrations.

Belvidere, one of my very favorite places, is a charming Victorian town located on the banks of the Pequest and Delaware Rivers. Victorian Days is a perfect time to stroll through the town and step back into a bygone era.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Southern Grace ...




“The South …
Our tea is sweet
Words are long
Days are warm
And faith is strong.”
       ~ Unknown

The warm sun of late October shines on Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island on a gorgeous autumn day in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Follow His Star ...



“Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere thou
cam’st, how dark earth’s night!
Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere thou
cam’st, how dark earth’s night!
Jesus mine, in me shine; in me shine, Jesus mine;
Fill my heart with light divine.

Morning Star, thy glory bright far excels
the sun’s clear light.
Morning Star, thy glory bright far excels
the sun’s clear light.
Jesus be, constantly, Constantly, Jesus be
More than thousand suns to me.

Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star, cheer the
nations near and far.
Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star, cheer the
nations near and far.
Thee we own, Lord alone, Lord alone, thee we
own,
Our dear Savior, God’s dear son.

Morning Star, my soul’s true light, tarry not,
dispel my night.
Morning Star, my soul’s true light, tarry not,
dispel my night.
Jesus mine, in me shine; in me shine, Jesus mine;
Fill my heart with light divine.”
                
               ~ “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight !”
                             ~ Moravian Carol
     ~ Words: Johannes Scheffler (1657),    
Translation by Bennett Harvey, Jr. (1885)
               ~   Music: Francis F. Hagen, 1836
         In Moravian tradition, this is often sung as part of a Christmas Eve service, with a child as the leader.
                                             

A Moravian star glows with the warmth of Christmas on a cold December evening at Emmaus Moravian Church, founded in 1747 in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The star shines over a Nativity scene placed on the church lawn during Christmastime.

This scene in sepia could be part of a Moravian Christmas putz, in dreams of Christmastide or a nostalgic Yuletide film – think “It’s A Wonderful Life” – but it’s very real, just as following Christ’s star is as important today as it was at his birth.

A Moravian star (German: Herrnhuter Stern) is an illuminated Advent, Christmas or Epiphany decoration popular in Germany and in places in American and Europe where there are Moravian congregations. The stars take their English name from the Moravian Church, originating in Moravia. In Germany, they are known as Herrnhut stars, named after the Moravian Mother Community in Saxony, Germany, where they were first commercially produced.

Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas everyone!