June 30 Echoes of Eternity Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself a…

June 30 Echoes of Eternity
Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:8
Dear to My heart are those who will follow Me in My humiliation. The world can still recognize goodness and self-denial, even though it loves evil and self-assertion. Those who will put down the secret longing to be lifted up in the eyes of others enter into a secret place where I love to abide. The desire for recognition and appreciation still lives in your heart. I will aid you in mercy as you are willing to receive My aid, in putting this deadly desire to death. It can be done—and will be done if you are willing. Remember, the desire holds you back from Me. What folly, My child, to linger there when I hold out such a prize for you!

Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

The beginnings of Roman chant notation – from a Benedictine monastery!

This is my last blog to be drawn from Fr. Klarmann’s book Gregorian Chant. For many of us, the story of Guido d’ Arezzo was made legend while in music school. However, Fr. Klarmann’s telling of the tale is rather more interesting and reminds us again that monastic life can be quite exciting, as is the history of chant!

“One of the greatest incentives to the spread of the chant was invented by a companion to St. Bernard, a monk named Guido. He maintained strong views about the chant and thereby incurred the unpopularity of his brother monks. He was sent, or possibly went of his own accord under the duress of petty jealousy, from the monastery of St. Maurus near Paris to Pomposa in Italy. The same fate of an ambitious musician met him there. He then went to a monastery near Arezzo and there, apparently, he found peace. He set himself to the task of placing the neums on horizontal lines, one known and designated as the ‘do-line’, the other as the ‘fa-line.’ He later added another line between these two and still another below, all of which formed the staff of four lines which we have today. The fifth line of our modern staff was not added until the 17th century. The Pope, John XIX, was elated at the invention for in it he saw the means of perpetuating and propagating the chant melodies without entrusting them to fickle memories. He summoned Guido to Rome to teach his discovery to others. Because of ill health, Guido had soon to leave the city. The monks who had formerly brought about his dismissal from their monastery now welcomed his return (!) But Guido decided upon Arezzo and remained there until his death. It was he who gave the notes of the scale their sol-fa names.” (pp.125-126)

The image with today’s blog is the way Guido developed to teach his system by using the joints in the hand for the various note names.

Enjoy!

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June 29 Echoes of Eternity Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but…

June 29 Echoes of Eternity
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13,14
This relationship of love has far to go. The distance is still there on your side. I draw near, but you recoil—still unwilling to risk all for the pearl of great price. I see you playing with the toys of jealousy, vanity, place, and pride. It grieves Me that you have learned so little and are still bound to the old feelings, nursing hurts and slights and being obnoxious withal. I have set you aside in many ways, to aid you in this process and show you the better way. As long as you hold on to your desire to “be somebody,” you will suffer the inevitable consequences and miss My best for you. Come to Me, My child, and do not draw back. Let Me show My saving, healing power in the likes of you. You have nothing to lose but your pain.

June 28 Echoes of Eternity And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river…

June 28 Echoes of Eternity
And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made.
Acts 16:13
My dear child, I am nearer than you think, more present to your mind and heart than you know. Your longings for unity and harmony are the fruit of My implant ing. Let them encourage you to reach out in prayer for others, for prayers do make a difference. The world could be very different if My people had learned to pray. Your world and the world of those you love will be affected by your faithfulness or lack of faithfulness in prayer. The yearning you feel for “connectedness”
is but a drawing of My Spirit toward the unity of spirit and harmony of heart which I will for My people. The place of prayer is a trysting place of the Spirit.

Hot Chicken Salad Sandwich: Recipes From A Monastery Kitchen

By Gourmet Nun
What is it about sandwiches that make so many people so happy? It seems to me that the very same food served on a plate often gets less positive response than it does in a bun, on a roll, or even on a loaf of bread, as it was last night at the convent.Chicken salad was on the menu for our dinner and the cook of the day chose to serve it as a hot open faced sandwich, which surprised everyone. She sliced loaves of Italian bread lengthwise, placed a layer of chicken salad on each, topped them with grated cheese and melted them under the broiler for a few minutes. When they came out they were met with exclamations of “WOW, FANTASTIC, WHAT FUN!”

Because the meal was an informal picnic type, the loaf was served whole, allowing each person to decide what size piece they wanted cut for them. For a more refined touch it can be sliced in diagonal pieces and plated, and still be a sandwich!

Hot Chicken Salad Sandwich

3 cups cooked chicken or turkey, cut into large chunks
2 teaspoons onion, grated
2 cups celery, diced
1 cup slivered almonds
2 cups seedless green grapes
2 (6 ounce) cans water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup wine
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Favorite cheese if desired

Combine chicken, onion, celery, almonds, grapes, water chestnuts. Mix mayonnaise, wine, salt and pepper; toss with chicken mixture. Spread chicken salad on bread, top with a layer of your favorite cheese and melt under a broiler.

June 27 Echoes of Eternity Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence i…

June 27 Echoes of Eternity
Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures evermore.
Psalm 16:11
I am your soul’s delight. In My presence is fullness of joy. I give you, My child, a foretaste of heaven’s pleasure when your heart floods with joy and thanksgiving. The road before you is purposely obscure. You do not need the burden of knowing the details. Grace
abounds in each hard place, and I am with you in all you face. Keep your eyes on the goal—to finish the race and win the crown. The crown is for all who are faithful, not just a few. Keep listening to Me. That is important. You still have far to go to maintain a listening
attitude. Your mind is still too cluttered with opinions and self-will. This is a training process I have brought you to. Be faithful and the fruit of it will be good. Delight in Me. My goodness is ever before you and never runs out.

June 27 Echoes of Eternity Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence i…

June 27 Echoes of Eternity
Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures evermore.
Psalm 16:11
I am your soul’s delight. In My presence is fullness of joy. I give you, My child, a foretaste of heaven’s pleasure when your heart floods with joy and thanksgiving. The road before you is purposely obscure. You do not need the burden of knowing the details. Grace
abounds in each hard place, and I am with you in all you face. Keep your eyes on the goal—to finish the race and win the crown. The crown is for all who are faithful, not just a few. Keep listening to Me. That is important. You still have far to go to maintain a listening
attitude. Your mind is still too cluttered with opinions and self-will. This is a training process I have brought you to. Be faithful and the fruit of it will be good. Delight in Me. My goodness is ever before you and never runs out.

As Light Dawns

By Sr. Nun Other

During the recent singing of Vespers Festival Psalms, I was captured by a phrase contained in Psalm 110, verse 3: from the womb of the dawn. It spoke of hope, opportunity, forgiveness and re-birth, available with each new day. As the sun embraces the earth with light and warmth, our heavenly father extends his arms, inviting us to enter into life wholeheartedly and with great expectation.

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Photographer Sr. Huai-Kuang Miao

 

June 26 Echoes of Eternity Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and…

June 26 Echoes of Eternity
Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the
armor of light. Romans 13:12
As the light brings life to the earth, so My light brings life to your
soul. My light banishes the darkness of hidden sin, the darkness of
evil thoughts, the breeding places of soul-sickness and death.
Put away the works of darkness and choose the light-filled way.
Let My sun drive out your dark and dank swamps of thought and
feeling. Remember, My child, I am the Light of the world. Those
who follow Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.
Leave the darkness—flee from it and hasten to Me.