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Prayer for Faithful Government

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

Gracious Father, give us wise and caring rulers. Uphold Barack, our President, our Governor, and all in authority over us, and lead them to uphold the common good, defend the weak and the unborn, and preserve justice for all people.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

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Spotted Today: Cover Draft for President Harrison’s Translation of Walther’s Church and Ministry

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

This cover proof is making the rounds around here. The book will be available this year, late Fall. Good to see. Another fine addition to The Essential Lutheran Library.

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How Did Lutherans Reform the Medieval Roman Mass? This Book Provides the Answers and People are Raving About It

April 24th, 2012 1 comment

I do not use the phrase “raving about it” very often, but…this is one of those times when it is the best thing I can think to say about the endorsements we are receiving for a forthcoming book.

Coming in June, we will be publishing an outstanding English translation of Ernst Walter Zeeden’s study of how Lutherans in German reformed the customs and traditions of the Medieval Roman Mass. This book will contain surprises for all concerned.Check out this line up of endorsements. I’ll keep you posted when the book comes out. It’s title is: Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation.

Here are the endorsements we have received, so far:

Ernst Walter Zeeden was one of the most important Reformation historians of the twentieth century. Years before scholars began to weigh up the vitality of late-medieval religion or trace the broad outlines of the confessionalization process, Zeeden was shedding light on a religious culture that transcended the traditional late-medieval and early modern divide while thinking of new ways to comprehend the period as a whole, an approach that eventually led to his influential idea of the “formation of confessions.” Faith and Act was one of his earliest and most important works in this vein, a mix of exacting research and historiographical vision that may justly be viewed as one of the foundation texts of modern Reformation history.

—C. Scott Dixon, PhD
Queen’s University, Belfast

For 50 years Zeeden’s work has shaped historians’ knowledge of the confessionalizing of religious life and practice in Reformation-era Europe. Faith and Act provides a masterful account of the ritual system of the churches in Protestant Germany by means of a close analysis of the documents through which the Reformers both preserved and adapted elements of the Catholic tradition. Historians of liturgy and church discipline will welcome the re-appearance of Zeeden’s classic monograph, gracefully translated and with updated bibliographical references.

—Ralph Keen, PhD
Professor of History
Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation Chair in Catholic Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago

Kevin Walker’s translation of Faith and Act represents a necessary addition to contemporary scholarship on how liturgical practices shaped the lived religion of the Reformation churches. Zeeden’s original book was visionary in many ways; it anticipated both the scholarly discussion over confessionalization that has dominated the last generation of Reformation scholarship and the debate inspired by Gerald Strauss over the relative success or failure of the Reformation. Walker’s translation brings Zeeden’s original insights to light for an Anglophone audience, and his preface and notes update the scholarly apparatus to account for over fifty years of scholarship inspired by, and in dialogue with, Zeeden’s original. Walker’s additions never overshadow the text, however, and his explanation of ecclesiastical terminology in the preface provides a remarkably clear window into the diverse and potentially overwhelming world of organizational, disciplinary, and liturgical practices that characterized the nascent Lutheran churches. Taken as a whole, this new translation of Zeeden’s Faith and Act reveals a fluid religious culture in which secular and ecclesiastical leaders strove to synthesize traditional forms of worship with novel theological insights; this depiction adds depth and specificity to our knowledge of that process of synthesis, and delightfully unsettles easy generalizations about the transition from medieval to early modern Christianity.

—Phillip Haberkern, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Boston University

Ernst Walter Zeeden’s Katholische Überlieferungen in den lutherischen Kirchenordnungen des 16. Jahrhunderts is one of the most important works of German research from the past half century concerning the history of the Reformation and its ramifications. For comparative historical research of confessions, which consequently became focused under the key concepts of “confessional formation” and “confessionalization,” this book represented a decisive breakthrough in terms of methodology and substance. Zeeden was able to show that the separation of the confessions in the everyday religious life of people in the Holy Roman Empire was a slow process that stretched over several generations. In doing so, he qualified firmly ingrained views of history of Protestant and Catholic historians (and theologians), who had presumed an early separation of the confessions: Some saw the “introduction of the Reformation” at the earliest possible fixed date (with the first evangelical sermon and celebration of the Lord’s Supper under both kinds), others in the successful defense of Catholicism and beginning of the Counter-Reformation, also preferably as early as the 1520s and 1530s (with territorial prohibition mandates). By way of contrast, Zeeden pointed to the numerous cases of interference and mixed forms in practice, in which the old Church and new faith coexisted in many German territories and cities. Closed confessional states among the territories of the Empire were for a considerable time more the exception than the rule. The dogmatic confessional definitions of doctrine (Augsburg Confession, Council of Trent, Heidelberg Catechism) were put into practice in worship, piety, and everyday life also very gradually at first and with numerous compromises. In conjunction with this, Zeeden also drew attention to the significance of cultural-historical phenomena (art, literature, popular customs). It is to be highly welcomed that now after half a century this groundbreaking study for research is being translated into English.

—Professor Dr. Anton Schindling
Fachbereich Geschichtswissenschaft
Seminar für Neuere Geschichte
Philosophische Fakultät
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

This book would be a helpful contribution to Lutheran theology and church life if it offered only an English translation of Zeeden’s classic study, which made clear the dense catholicity of earliest Lutheran church practice. Translator Kevin G. Walker offers here much more. In a highly informative preface, as well as dozens of new footnotes, he breathes new life into the work, making it much more useful and relevant for today. For everyone who really cares how the Lutheran Reformation came to life in a rich but varied liturgical practice, this book, now more than ever, is essential reading.

—Mickey Mattox, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Theology
Marquette University

Kevin Walker has done us a service through his translation of Ernst Zeeden’s monumental study of the Lutheran church orders of the sixteenth century. These documents provide a unique insight into the Lutheran Reformation, both the successes it enjoyed as well as the perennial challenges and occasional failures. Anyone interested in the development of Lutheran liturgical practice, especially in light of medieval milieu from whence it came, will find Faith and Act to be an engaging resource.

—Paul Grime, PhD
Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

A gripping read awaits those who attend to Zeeden’s multi-faceted account of the nitty-gritty of classical Lutheran church life in its parish and public setting. As he shows how the first generations committed to the Augustana took care not to throw out the ‘catholic’ baby with the tainted ‘medieval’ water, a master historian of another confession poses searching questions to Lutherans of the present day. I commend Kevin Walker for toiling to make this significant study available to the reading public of the Anglosphere.

—John R Stephenson, PhD
Professor of Historical Theology
Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario

 

This meticulous historical study examines the complexities of liturgical practices in sixteenth century Lutheranism as reflected in the church orders. Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation is an invaluable handbook providing detailed and documented data giving contemporary readers a glimpse into the way that liturgical texts and ceremonies were retained, modified, or rejected in various territories. Liturgical scholars as well as pastors will find this volume to be a useful guide to understanding the evangelical reception and appropriation of the catholic legacy of liturgical forms and practices in light of the immediate background of the medieval church.

—John T. Pless, MDiv
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Director of Field Education
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

 

What a service Kevin G. Walker has done for the Lutheran Church in English speaking lands by providing this fine translation of Ernst Zeeden’s helpful monograph: Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation. Both the medieval practices and the details of the early Lutheran appropriation of them are not nearly as well known as they ought to be, and this volume goes a long way towards remedying that. I heartily recommend the book to any and all who love the Lutheran liturgy and seek to become better acquainted with its formative development in the time of the great Church Orders. It’s the next best thing to having a full set of Sehling gracing your shelf!

—William C. Weedon, STM
Director of Worship
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

 

Daily Luther: We are Pupils of the Prophets and Apostles

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

All theologians since the days of the Apostles, says Luther, must confine themselves in their teaching to the teaching of the Apostles: “We are catechumens and pupils of the Prophets. Let us simply repeat and preach what we have heard and learned from the Prophets and Apostles” (St. L. III:1890). Luther enforces the demand that the theologians simply “repeat the words of the Apostles after them” with the solemn warning: “Neither ought any doctrine be taught or heard in the Church but the pure Word of God, that is to say, the Holy Scriptures; otherwise accursed be both the teachers and hearers together with their doctrine.” 

The same truth is expressed in the well-known axiom: Quod non est biblicum, non est theologicum. [That which is not Biblical, is not theological].

Commemoration of Johann Walter, Kantor

April 24th, 2012 1 comment

There is no known portrait of Johann Walter. This is a page from his choir book, showing his setting of "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands," Luther's Easter hymn.

 

Johann Walter (1496-1570) began service at the age of 21 as a composer and bass singer in the court chapel of Frederick the Wise. In 1524, he published a collection of hymns arranged according to the church year. It was well received and served as the model for numerous subsequent hymnals. In addition to serving for 30 years as kantor (church musician) in the cities of Torgau and Dresden, he also assisted Martin Luther in the preparation of the Deutsche Messe (1526). Walter is remembered as the first Lutheran kantor and composer of church music.

We Pray

God of majesty, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven, we give You thanks that You provided music for Your Church through Johann Walter, kantor in the Church of the Reformation. Through music You give us joy on earth as we participate in the songs of heaven. Bring us to the fulfillment of that song that will be ours when we stand with all Your saints before Your unveiled glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

More Extensive Information about Kantor Walter

Johann Walther (1495-1570) is often referred to as the father of Lutheran Church music. It was Walther who laid the foundation upon which composers of later generations built the traditions of Lutheran music. A direct kinship exists between the music of later composers and that of Walther. This applies not only to the style, but also to the spirit of their music. A careful study of the compositions of these composers reveals the fact that their music is usually spiritual, rather than aesthetic. The music of these men was deeply religious. They frequently sought merely to present, not to interpret, the Evangelical message. This impersonal and objective mode of composition, as well as many other characteristics found in the music of Lutheran composers may be traced back directly to Walther.

Walther was the first cantor of the Evangelical Church. The cantorates of Germany played a most important part in the early development of Lutheran music. Walther’s office of cantor, and the influence that he exerted through this office was tremendous in scope and effect. Walther was also the first German composer to write a Passion. The importance of this accomplishment can easily be realized when one considers that men like Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach put their best efforts into their Passion settings.

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Prayer for Workers for the Harvest Fields

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

Gracious Father, the harvest of souls for Your eternal kingdom is great, but the workers are few. Send us faithful and bright women to prepare to be teachers, deaconesses, and other church workers; and send us faithful and bright men to prepare to be pastors, teachers, and other church workers. Empower generous support for our colleges and seminaries.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

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German Theologian Discusses Challenges Faced by Protestants

April 24th, 2012 3 comments
A left-wing feminist German theologian misses the mark, as usual …
German theologian discusses challenges faced by Protestants
ENI-12-0234
By A. D. McKenzie
Paris, 23 April (ENInews)–The Protestant church faces three main challenges as it gears up to celebrate the 500th anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther’s Reformation, according to a leading theologian.
Margot Kassmann, former head of the Protestant Church of Germany (EKD) and ambassador for the anniversary, told ENInews that Protestants need to examine their role in an increasingly secular society.
“I think what Luther did to transform the Biblical message into popular context is also a challenge now for us as well,” she said.
A second challenge will be “how do we deal with the Reformation after 100 years of ecumenical movement. Who are we together?” Kassmann added.
A third and very important challenge, said Kassmann, is Luther’s legacy regarding Jews and their religion. “This is a terrible heritage because what he said about Jews certainly misled the Lutheran church to an anti-Judaism stance that in Nazi times created a situation where the church did not defend Jewish people in Germany,” she told ENInews. “That has to be critically reflected upon.”
A controversial figure in Germany, Kassmann was in Paris on 20 April to promote the French translation of her book “In midlife: What Future After 50 Years of Age?”
The book has sold more than 500,000 copies in Germany, apparently striking a chord with Protestants who identify with Kassmann’s unconventional views and life.
A mother of four, Kassmann was the first female bishop to have children, and the first to divorce while in office. In 2009, she was elected head of the EKD, a federation of regional church bodies representing 25 million members. She was the first woman to head the organization and saw a wellspring of support as well as some opposition to her views.
But she resigned the following year following a drunk-driving incident in which she ran a red light and was found to have three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when tested. Kassmann is also a cancer survivor and is seen to represent many women in the Protestant church.
“I must say that I had a long way to go,” Kassmann said about her role as a female religious leader. “It certainly was not easy. But in Germany today, 30 percent of Protestant pastors are women, and that changes the church because what you see is an image of who the church is.”
Women will play an integral part in the worldwide celebrations to mark the Reformation, and Kassmann believes their contribution has made a big difference to Protestantism.
“Luther would have said that anyone can be priest, anyone who has been baptized, and so that’s a theological conviction that’s now being seen in pastors in Germany and the world,” Kassmann told ENInews. “I think that’s a very good road we’re on.”
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Would You, or Your Congregation, Like to Do Something Nice for Moms this Mother’s Day?

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

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Daily Luther: What Happens When God’s Word Grabs Your Heart

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

“Where this Word [of God] takes possession of the heart by true faith, it makes the heart as firm, sure, and certain as it is itself, unmoved, stubborn, hard, in the face of temptation, the devil, death, and anything whatsoever, in proud confidence laughing to scorn all that spells doubt and fear, ire and wrath, for it knows that the Word of God cannot lie” (St. L. III:1887).

In This Life Sanctification is Imperfect, But….

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

 

While justification is always perfect, admitting of no degrees, our sanctification in this life will remain imperfect, sometimes showing a minus, sometimes a plus, but never reaching perfection. Scripture admonishes us to grow, increase, abound, in sanctification, Eph. 4:15; in every good work, 2 Cor. 9:8; in the work of the Lord, 1 Cor. 15:58; in the knowledge of God, in all patience and long-suffering, Col. 1:11; in the love of the brethren and of all men, 1 Thess. 3:12; in the knowledge of what is excellent, Phil. 1:10; in doing what pleases God, 1 Thess. 4:1; and couples these admonitions to grow in holiness with the admonition to keep on putting off the old man, Eph. 4:22. It is clear that the sanctification of even the most earnest Christians remains imperfect in this life. The σάρξ remains in Christians throughout this life, Rom. 7:14–24; Heb. 12:1, and for this reason their sanctification remains imperfect throughout this life. Paul describes the situation in these words: “So, then, with the mind” (the new man) “I myself serve the Law of God, but with the flesh” (the old man) “the law of sin,” Rom. 7:25. The dogmaticians express it thus: Iustitia fidei sive imputata perfecta sive consummata est, iustitia vitae sive inhaerens imperfecta, inchoata, non consummata. (Baier-Walther, III, 312.)

Francis Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Volume III, p. 35.

 

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Prayer for Blessing our Meditation on Scripture

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Gracious Father, turn us constantly to Your reliable and saving Holy Scriptures, that meditating day and night on Your certain Word, studying it together, and hearing it proclaimed, we may grow in knowledge and love of You.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

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Daily Luther: God Forbids You to Listen To These Guys!

April 22nd, 2012 4 comments

On Jeremiah 23:16: ‘Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you; they make you vain [they teach you vanity, R. V.]; they speak a vision of their own heart—and not out of the mouth of the Lord!’

Behold, all prophets who do not preach out of the mouth of the Lord are deceivers, and God forbids us to hear them. Does not the text state clearly that where God’s Word is not preached no one dare, under pain of God’s wrath, listen to it, for it is pure deception? O Pope, O bishops, O priests, O monks, O theologians, how are you going to escape here? Do you consider it a trifling matter when the Supreme Majesty forbids whatever does not proceed out of the mouth of the Lord and is something else than God’s Word? It is not a thresher or herdsman who is saying this. When the servant hears the master say: ‘Who told you to do that? It is not what I have commanded,’ he will certainly realize that he should not have done it as being contrary to the master’s orders.” (St. L. XIX:821 f.)

 

The Third Sunday After Easter: Jubilate

April 22nd, 2012 2 comments

The Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 40:25–31 or Lamentations 3:22–33
1 Peter 2:11–20 or 1 John 3:1–3
John 16:16–22

Martin Luther on the Gospel Reading

Every Christian must have temptations, trials, anxieties, adversities, sorrows, come what may. Therefore he mentions here no sorrow nor trial, he simply says they shall weep, lament, and be sorrowful, for the Christian has many persecutions. Some are suffering loss of goods; others there are whose character is suffering ignominy and scorn; some are drowned, others are burned; some are beheaded; one perishes in this manner, and another in that; it is therefore the lot of the Christian constantly to suffer misfortune, persecution, trials and adversity. This is the rod or fox tail with which they are punished. They dare not look for anything better as long as they are here. This is the court color by which the Christian is recognized, and if anyone wants to be a Christian, he dare not be ashamed of his court color or livery. Why does God do this and permit his own to be persecuted and hounded? In order to suppress and subdue the free will, so that it may not seek an expedient in their works; but rather become a fool in God’s works and learn thereby to trust and depend upon God alone.  Therefore when this now comes to pass, we shall not be able to accommodate ourselves to it, and shall not understand it, unless Christ himself awakens us and makes us cheerful, so that his resurrection becomes effective in us, and all our works fall to pieces and be as nothing. Therefore the text here concludes powerfully, that man is absolutely nothing in his own strength. Here everything is condemned and thrust down that has been and may still be preached about good works; for this is the conclusion; where Christ is not, there is nothing. Ask St. Peter how he was disposed when Christ was not with him. What good works did he do? He denied Christ. He renounced him with an oath. Like good works we do, when we have not Christ with us. Thus all serves to the end that we should accustom ourselves to build alone upon Christ, and to depend upon no other work, upon no other creature, whether in heaven or upon earth. In this name alone are we preserved and blessed, and in none other. Acts 4, 12 and 10, 43. But on this account we must suffer much. The worst of all is, that we must not only suffer shame, persecution and death; but that the world rejoices because of our great loss and misfortunes. This is indeed very hard and bitter. Surely it shall thus come to pass, for the world will rejoice when it goes ill with us; but this comfort we have that their joy shall not last long, and our sorrow shall be turned into eternal joy. Of this the Lord gives us a beautiful parable of the woman in travail, when he says: “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come, but when she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish for joy that a man is born into the world.” Source

J. S. Bach Cantata on John 16:16-22

Note: The text, in German and English, follows the videos.

1. Sinfonia2. Chor
Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen.
(Acts 14:22)
1. Sinfonia2. Chorus
We must enter the Kingdom of God through much sorrow.
3. Arie A
Ich will nach dem Himmel zu,
Schnödes Sodom, ich und du
Sind nunmehr geschieden.
Meines Bleibens ist nicht hier,
Denn ich lebe doch bei dir
Nimmermehr in Frieden.
3. Aria A
I want to go to heaven;
contemptible Sodom, you and I
are parted from now on.
My resting-place is not here,
since I can live with you
nevermore in peace.
4. Rezitativ S
Ach! wer doch schon im Himmel wär!
Wie dränget mich nicht die böse Welt!
Mit Weinen steh ich auf,
Mit Weinen leg ich mich zu Bette,
Wie trüglich wird mir nachgestellt!
Herr! merke, schaue drauf,
Sie hassen mich, und ohne Schuld,
Als wenn die Welt die Macht,
Mich gar zu töten hätte;
Und leb ich denn mit Seufzen und Geduld
Verlassen und veracht’,
So hat sie noch an meinem Leide
Die größte Freude.
Mein Gott, das fällt mir schwer.
Ach! wenn ich doch,
Mein Jesu, heute noch
Bei dir im Himmel wär!
4. Recitative S
Ah! if I were only in heaven!
In what way am I not oppressed by the evil world!
I awake in tears,
in tears I lay down in my bed,
how deceitfully am I assailed!
Lord! Take note, look here,
they hate me, though guiltless,
as if the world had the power
even to put me to death;
while I live with sighs and patience
abandoned and scorned,
even at my suffering they have
the greatest joy.
My God, this lays heavily upon me.
Alas! if only,
my Jesus, even today
I were with You in heaven!
5. Arie S
Ich säe meine Zähren
Mit bangem Herzen aus.
Jedoch mein Herzeleid
Wird mir die Herrlichkeit
Am Tage der seligen Ernte gebären.
5. Aria S
I sow my tears
with an anxious heart.
However my heart’s sorrow
will become glory for me
on the day the blessed sheaves are harvested.
6. Rezitativ T
Ich bin bereit,
Mein Kreuz geduldig zu ertragen;
Ich weiß, daß alle meine Plagen
Nicht wert der Herrlichkeit,
Die Gott an den erwählten Scharen
Und auch an mir wird offenbaren.
Itzt wein ich, da das Weltgetümmel
Bei meinem Jammer fröhlich scheint.
Bald kommt die Zeit,
Da sich mein Herz erfreut,
Und da die Welt einst ohne Tröster weint.
Wer mit dem Feinde ringt und schlägt,
Dem wird die Krone beigelegt;
Denn Gott trägt keinen nicht mit Händen in dem Himmel.
6. Recitative T
I am ready
to bear my Cross patiently;
I know that all my troubles
are not equal to the glory
that God will reveal to the chosen flock
and even to me.
Now I weep, since the turmoil of the world
seems joyful next to my suffering.
Soon the time will come
when my heart will rejoice,
and when the world one day will weep without comfort.
Whoever strives and battles with the enemy,
will have the crown placed upon him;
for God carries no one to heaven in His hands.
7. Arie (Duett) T B
Wie will ich mich freuen, wie will ich mich laben,
Wenn alle vergängliche Trübsal vorbei!
Da glänz ich wie Sterne und leuchte wie   Sonne,
Da störet die himmlische selige Wonne
Kein Trauern, Heulen und Geschrei.
7. Aria (Duet) T B
How I will rejoice, how I will delight,
when all mortal sorrows are over!
There I will shine like a star and glow like the   sun,
then the divine, blessed joy will be destroyed
by no sorrow, moan or shriek.
8. Choral
Ach, ich habe schon erblicket
Diese große Herrlichkeit;
Jetzo werd ich schön geschmücket
Mit dem weißen Himmelskleid;
Mit der güldnen Ehrenkrone
Steh ich da vor Gottes Throne,
Schaue solche Freude an,
Die kein Ende nehmen kann.
(“Alle Menschen müssen sterben,” verse 7)
8. Chorale
Ah, I have already seen
this great glory;
now I will be beautifully adorned
with the white robe of heaven;
with the golden crown of honor
I shall stand there before God’s throne,
beholding such joy
that can never come to an end.
Acts 14:22 (mov’t. 2); “Alle Menschen müssen sterben,” verse 7: Johann Rosenmüller or Johann Georg Albinus 1652 (mov’t. 8)
©Pamela Dellal

Prayer for Confidence in Christ and Steadfast Faith

April 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Gracious Father, You sent Your Son to deliver us from death and hell. Sustain us and all the Church in steadfast faith in Christ’s resurrection, confident that the work we do in Him is not in vain.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

My Moment of YouTube Fame

April 21st, 2012 5 comments

I was shocked today that YouTube today (Saturday) put one of my shooting videos on its home page as a featured video. Obviously, YouTube has exquisite taste, or, there was suddenly a dramatic rise in people who love to watch chubby 50 year olds shooting old rifles, or…ahhh…let’s just assume the first two explanations are the reason.

Here’s the video that made me a  YouTube star today. Advice: Click play then hit pause and let it buffer completely for the full viewing pleasure experience.

No, I will not sign autographs, or..at least not without a small fee.

I’ve even got a couple fan responses. Weird, wacky Interwebs.

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