January 7, 2014

Another relatively normal day in Montana (18 degrees *is* normal for us in the middle of January), and today I actually had another member of the congregation there for MP. I need to probably coordinate more with the actual book rather than reading out of the Kindle the whole time, ’cause I wasn’t sure of page numbers. Fortunately, she was very familiar with the book. 🙂

One of the interesting things I’ve been thinking about, since it is said so often, is the Gloria Patri. Now, here is a completely gorgeous version in Latin.  And another in the Gregorian chant style.  There are whole books written about this one sentence prayer, also known as the “lesser doxology”.  And if you think about it – Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever.  Amen.  – the amount of meaning in that one sentence!  And being reminded that I’m to actually think about what I’m saying, just makes my head hurt, for to contemplate that amount of history and promise and basic – this is the way the world works, and always has, and always shall, and you should be paying attention that – right now!  It’s mind-blowing.

Okay, now this is wonderful!  “Two decades ago Wynton Marsalis composed and recorded ‘In This House, On This Morning’ beginning a creative exploration of how to reflect the forms of the African-American church service onto a theme of universal humanism.”  The whole concept supports the idea of the Trinity, from the words to the music composition.  Obviously I’ll be looking for more of the commentary and exegesis, but had to share this one. 🙂

So, having posted the above video to the HT blog site, I came across a portion of a lesson regarding the Gloria Patri which states:  “”Those who affirmed the truth of Scripture were singing other songs. Among them is one we sing with some frequency: the Gloria Patri. The words “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end” were fighting words to defend the truth that Jesus Christ is eternal. The Virgin Birth was the birth of none other than God himself. ”  Well doesn’t that just put a whole new spin on the prayer?  Not to mention that’s a great way to get a teenager’s attention – those going through that teacher’s class will have a whole different way of looking at that portion of the liturgy, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they began looking at the rest of the liturgy with more interest.

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