George W. Bush’s most memorable sports moments. One of the most emotional moments of the George W. Bush presidency is the focus of a new ESPN documentary. “The First Pitch” focuses on Bush’s ceremonial first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium a few weeks after the September 11th attacks. Source: The Hardline and Ben & Skin Photo: DON EMMERT, Getty Images / AFP
ESPN put together a 25-minute, documentary entitled, “30-For-30 Shorts: The First Pitch” (link to video below), that features George W. Bush as he recounts throwing out that ‘First Pitch” in New York three weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This video was a walk down memory lane that started out with total devastation. Because we had a real America-loving, God-fearing Christian man as our president in The People’s House at the time, he brought America together as New York’s Twin Towers came tumbling down. His great courage, uplifting words and actions catapulted our country into a stronger nation, a united nation, despite all the evil that surrounded us at the time. Hats off to George W. Bush for being a true leader, a leader we could depend on and trust, and a leader who brought America together and united us under extreme adversity. May God bless him and his family.
I’m posting this documentary on this very solemn day, September 11, 2015, fourteen years after Islamic terrorist cowards killed approximately 3,000 innocent people. Today isn’t about the cowards, but about the resiliency of America, where people are fleeing TO, not FROM. That says a lot about the greatest country on the face of the planet. What a shame that the current guy occupying The People’s House is hell-bent on destroying it, one executive order at a time. He should know that Americans are strong. We are a God-fearing, freedom-loving, military- and police-supporting nation, and nothing, not even his mighty pen or phone can take that away from US, the American People of The United States Of America because we are and always will be…
“One Nation, Under God; Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All“… Whether he likes it or not…
May God continue to Bless the United States of America and its allies, and may He punish the wicked who want to destroy US. God may be a loving God, but He is also a vengeful God…
I applaud ESPN for this wonderful tribute to America and the president who kept us united throughout his 8-year presidency. This touched my soul and brought all those emotions back…emotions of pain and faith as we stood up against evil as One Nation Under God. Watch the 25-minute “The First Pitch” video from ESPN here…
In Love and Peace,
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“Invest In Children”
—On Saleem’s license plate
“You can’t rehabilitate pedophiles. Like other predators, once they get a taste, they crave it all the more. The only solution is to put them down…”
The Orlando, FL leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Ahmad Saleem, was arrested along with 100 other pedophiles who were “allegedly” trying to have sex with children. Seems he’s been taking “relations” to a whole new despicable level.
Some of the worst offenders of women’s and children’s rights are Muslims, yet the media and politicians defend them. Why is that? Are they afraid of them? When I read this article (a related story follows this post), my blood boiled. Ahmad Saleem, who’s connected to CAIR, was one of 101 filthy pedophiles who were arrested in this child sex sting.
Pedophiles probably target children because it’s easy to control a child. There are more and more stories like this one happening at an alarming rate. As disturbing as it is, with all the sex and graphic images surrounding us, morality is lost among the masses, and oftentimes, sexual gratification becomes rampant, with some targeting innocent children. I’ve often wondered how some perverts can be attracted to a little kid, or even worse, an infant. I don’t understand pedophilia at all. There’s something wrong within their DNA. I don’t think they can be rehabilitated. I don’t think any medication is strong enough to take away their appalling urges.
My heartfelt prayers go out to all child-abuse victims. I can’t imagine the horror they’ve been subjected to or the pain their parents go through. My prayers are always with them. As far as the pedophiles who stalk and abuse children, I pray that their lives are riddled with strife morning, noon and night, and after their worthless lives end, may their souls go to hell and never know peace for all eternity…
From: 101 arrested in child-sex sting
101 arrested in child-sex sting
Muslim leader among those busted
Published: 14 hours ago
The two-week joint sting, known as “Operation L and P,” netted 101 arrests in both Lake and Polk counties. The investigation concluded late last week. (Photo: Dave D’Marko, News 13)
More than 100 people, including the Orlando leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, were arrested in a two-county Florida sex-sting operation, many of whom for allegedly trying to have sex with children.
The investigation concluded last week, authorities announced Tuesday.
Many of those arrested had jobs working with children, including theme-park workers at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, and a former Walt Disney World cast member who left the job before his arrest. SeaWorld said the men charged were no longer employed at the theme park.
“These are very dangerous people and they are after our children,” said Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
During the first week of the sting, investigators say, 22 people traveled to Clermont, Florida, thinking they were going to have sex with a child between ages 10 and 14. Seventy-nine others were arrested on charges connected to prostitution.
Ahmad Saleem, a Muslim youth coordinator, was also one of the men arrested. Investigators said the men all went to a home in Clermont with the hopes of having sex with a child. The car Saleem traveled in had a license plate that said, “Invest in children,” according to investigators.
Saleem is also founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization “empowering Muslim youth globally” and also served as the Orlando coordinator for CAIR.
A note posted at the Saleem Academy website Tuesday stated, “Closed. May God bless you, guide you, and illuminate the right path for you, and keep you firm on it. Keep me in your prayers.”
“He’s well known as a community outreach leader interacting with teens in and around the Orlando area,” said Judd.
Judd said the operation was designed to send a strong message to anyone in Internet chat rooms that sex with minors won’t be tolerated.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the following in a statement:
“The first week of the operation targeted adults who were looking for sex with a child. During this phase, the detectives posed as either a child or a parent of a child as they were solicited by those interested in sexual activity with the child. As this phase progressed, 22 individuals were arrested after traveling to the location to have sex with who they believed to be a child, two of whom were already registered sex offenders. The age range for the target child was 10-14 years old in these cases.
“During the second week of the operation, detectives targeted those involved in crimes related to prostitution. As this portion of the operation progressed, 79 individuals were arrested on charges related to prostitution. Some of those arrested in this phase were also in possession of drugs and were therefore charged accordingly.”
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“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
—William Arthur Ward
We’re all struggling with our own problems, but if we reach into our hearts and give thanks for even one blessing, we’ll find that our struggles seem a little lighter and our days seem a little brighter. I try and give thanks every day in spite of the chaos that surrounds us all on a daily basis. Every night at the dinner table, it’s a ritual that we say “Grace” and give thanks for God’s bountiful blessings, and you know what? Obstacles don’t seem as unsurmountable, problems seem to be more manageable.
On this Thanksgiving Day 2014, I wish to give thanks to Almighty God for blessing me with a loving husband who would do anything to make me happy, and he does. I am blessed because even though I was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer in 2011, God has kept the cancer from returning. I am blessed because God gave me the courage and strength to get past my 7th breast cancer surgery just a few months ago. I am blessed because I know God has my back as I endure yet another surgery in the spring as a result of a side effect from my reconstructive surgery. I am blessed because even though I can’t stand what’s happening to this beautiful country, I know through prayer and faith, we’ll get back on track with God’s grace and guidance. I am blessed to be in a peaceful home where there is no stress. I am blessed with a wonderful family and good friends who enhance my life even more. I am blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law who treats me like a loving daughter. Today, I’m not going to think about what bothers me because today, Thanksgiving Day, I will only allow myself to focus on what’s good in my life and in this world.
If I was allowed a Thanksgiving Day wish, it would be that everyone else see the beauty in their own lives, and set aside the frustrations that we all have to deal with. Just for one day, I wish that people would put their prejudices and hate aside, and give thanks and be content with what they have, and not whine about what they want. Maybe if people would do that for just one day, they’d feel so good that they’d want to do it for another day, and maybe another and another…
Are you thankful for what you have? Watch the video and read a little about the history of Thanksgiving Day below. I chose this particular version of the History of Thanksgiving because today is a blessed day, and not a day for animosity and hate. May you all have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving…
To our Military: We pray that God protects all of you as you protect us so selflessly. We pray that you are always surrounded by God’s Light so you can see the evil before it sees you. May you all safely return home to your families soon. We thank you all for your brave service to this beautiful country. May your families also be blessed as they await your safe return home…
In Love and Light…
Are you thankful for what you have?
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History of Thanksgiving Day
The Pilgrims who sailed to America were originally members of the English Separatist Church. Before going to America they had fled to Holland to escape religious persecution. Although, in Holland, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disillusioned with the Dutch way of life. In the hope of a better life, they took the help of a London stock company to move out to America. Most of those making this trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
They reached Plymouth in 1620. There, they had to face a terrible winter. Around 46 of the original 102 had died by the next fall. But fortune turned in their favor and the harvest of the next year was bumper. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast, including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true “thanksgiving” observance. It lasted three days. Governor William Bradford sent “four men fowling” after wild ducks and geese. It is not certain that wild turkey was part of their feast. However, it is certain that they had venison. The term “turkey” was used by the Pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl.
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving. It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration probably did not include the Indians, as the celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists’ recent victory over the “heathen natives”. October of 1777 marked the first time that all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration. It also commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. But it was a one-time affair.
George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it. There was discord among the colonies, many feeling the hardships of a few Pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday.
And later, President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving. It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving. Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause in her Boston Ladies’ Magazine, and later, in Godey’s Lady’s Book.
Finally, after a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, Hale’s obsession became a reality when, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. The date was changed a couple of times, most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season. Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later.
And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.
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17 “In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
—ACTS 2: 17-21
I found this story from TheBlaze so incredibly uplifting that I had to post it, especially amid all the turmoil going on in this world. God does hear our prayers, and I truly believe He works in mysterious and subtle ways by reassuring us that He has not forgotten us…
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their cast and crew are in Morocco filming a 12-part miniseries, entitled “A.D.”, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 on NBC. NBC jumped at the chance to air this, and I’m thinking it’s to boost their sagging ratings. During filming, a Holy Cross appeared directly overhead, and this awe-inspiring image filled their hearts with renewed hope and spirit.
I also blogged about the weird happenings that took place while they were filming “The Bible” series that aired in March of 2013. Because people have a thirst for the Truth, “The Bible” was incredibly popular. I’m so happy they’re giving us more of God’s Heavenly Light. Here’s the story…
At the bottom of this post, I’ve included more info about this miniseries from Roma Downey’s Facebook page…
In Love and Light,
Look Closely at This Photo. Do You See the Purported Sign From God That Stopped Filming of the New Bible Series in Its Tracks?
Actors and crew members working on “A.D.,” the follow-up to Mark Burnett’s and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” miniseries, were in for a major surprise last week while filming in Morocco.
Downey told TheBlaze that her team was working on a scene depicting Peter and John in front of the Sanhedrin — an event that can be found in Acts 4 in the Bible — when actors Adam Levy (who plays Peter) and Babou Ceesay (who plays John) noticed something curious directly overhead in the sky.
“There they could see clouds had formed in a completely blue sky in the perfect shape of a cross,” Downey said. “Everyone was stunned and filming stopped, as iPhones came out and everyone was snapping pictures.”
The “Touched By an Angel” actress and TV producer said that it was “a moment of awe,” with everyone on set claiming that they believed it was a sign and a blessing to see a cross form in the sky.
“It certainly energized a tired, hardworking crew for the rest of the day and reminded everyone that we were being watched over as we are working hard to bring the Book of Acts to the screen,” Downey said.
The actress added that she shared the image with well-known Florida megapastor Joel Hunter, who reminded her of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:19, during which the apostle quoted the prophet Joel.
That verse reads, in part, “I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.”
Readers may recall that Downey and Burnett openly discussed other miracles that they say unfolded while filming “The Bible” series as well. Read about those here.
“A.D.,” a 12-part miniseries, is set to premiere on NBC on Easter Sunday, which is April 5, 2015.
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Jesus Will Look Different in Highly Anticipated TV Series — and Here’s Why
Fans of last year’s “The Bible” miniseries will likely be elated to know that a sequel titled “A.D.” is heading to NBC next spring, with husband and wife duo Mark B…urnett and Roma Downey executive producing the highly anticipated project.
Viewers will notice some key differences between the two series. To begin, a new actor will be portraying Jesus. While Diogo Morgado played Christ in “The Bible” and the “Son of God” feature film, actor Juan Pablo di Pace will be taking up the revered role in the “A.D.” project.
Downey told TheBlaze that Morgado was unavailable to play Christ in the new series, which forced her and Burnett to find a replacement.
“We prayed and we had to moved forward. We were thrilled when we saw the audition of the wonderful Argentinian actor Juan Pablo Di Pace,” Downey said. “Our prayers were answered. Juan Pablo is very special. He won’t disappoint. He brings a special quality to this most-important role.”
And there was no shortage of actors interested in taking on the tough task of playing the Christian savior, as Downey explained that the success of “The Bible” led to an influx of performers who were interested in working on the show.
As a result, Downey and Burnett spent months going through readings and auditions — and asking God for guidance in making their final casting selections.
“There is always prayer involved in this process for me, so that I am guided and know the right choices to make,” Downey said. “I always take time to stop and check in quietly in prayer before making any major decision.”
In the end, she said that the series will include a diverse pool of talent.
“Christianity is among the most diverse movements in history, and to bring this epic story of ‘A.D.’ to life on NBC, it was important to bring together a cast as diverse and beautiful as the church itself is around the world,” Downey added.
“A.D.” will offer viewers a look at the days that followed Jesus’ resurrection as well as at the birth and growth of the Christian faith, essentially resuming where “The Bible” left off.
“A.D gives us a front row seat, showing each of us how the holy spirit transformed ordinary men and women into a movement that carries not just his name, but his grace and his truth and his light,” Downey told TheBlaze. “We need that light today more than ever.”
She said that “A.D.” will present a story of hope and courage that can be enjoyed by all audiences. The 12-part miniseries is set to premiere on NBC on Easter Sunday, which is April 5, 2015.
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Holy Saturday is not as well-known as Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but it is a very significant day. Holy Saturday is between the Death and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a solemn day in which we are deeply saddened by His death on Good Friday, but it’s also a day in which we have faith that tomorrow will bring us much joy when He is Resurrected from the Dead on Easter Sunday.
We should reflect on that waiting period in our own lives and have faith that we will have a better tomorrow. When we go through struggles of our own, we need to have faith that God will bring us through our hardships in His time, not in ours. We need to draw some of the strength that Jesus had, knowing that He was going to die, yet was confident that God would save Him, and He did. When I’m dealing with insurmountable obstacles in my life, and there have been many, I pray to Almighty God to give me the strength to get through them, and He always delivers.
May God’s Love and Guidance surround you and your loved ones each and every day, whether you’re going through hardships of your own or know someone who is. If you have faith, bountiful blessings will happen…
As we await the Resurrection of Our Lord And Savior, Jesus Christ, let us pray (Excerpt from my Lenten 2014 Post…
Saturday, April 19, Holy Saturday
“He has been raised up; He is not here.” (Mark 16:6)
The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.
On Holy Saturday the Church is, as it were, at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on his passion and death, and on his descent into hell, and awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. It is highly recommended that on this day the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer be celebrated with the participation of the people (cf. n. 40). Where this cannot be done, there should be some celebration of the Word of God, or some act of devotion suited to the mystery celebrated this day. The image of Christ crucified or lying in the tomb, or the descent into hell, which mystery Holy Saturday recalls, as also an image of the sorrowful Virgin Mary can be placed in the church for the veneration of the faithful. On this day the Church abstains strictly from the celebration of the sacrifice of the Mass. Holy Communion may only be given in the form of Viaticum. The celebration of marriages is forbidden, as also the celebration of other sacraments, except those of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. The faithful are to be instructed on the special character of Holy Saturday. Festive customs and traditions associated with this day on account of the former practice of anticipating the celebration of Easter on Holy Saturday should be reserved for Easter night and the day that follows.
Lord, by the suffering of Christ your Son you have saved us all from the death we inherited from sinful Adam. By the law of nature we have borne the likeness of his manhood. May the sanctifying power of grace help us to put on the likeness of our Lord in heaven, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
From: Holy Saturday And The Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday (in Latin, Sabbatum Sanctum ), the ‘day of the entombed Christ’, is the Lord’s day of rest, for on that day Christ’s body lay in His tomb. We recall the Apostle’s Creed which says “He descended unto the dead.” It is a day of suspense between two worlds, that of darkness, sin and death, and that of the Resurrection and the restoration of the Light of the World. For this reason no divine services are held until the Easter Vigil begins that night. This day between Good Friday and Easter Day makes present to us the end of one world and the complete newness of the era of salvation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.
Ideally, Holy Saturday should be the quietest day of the year (although this is not so easy in a busy household with children as it might be in a convent or monastery.) Nightfall on Holy Saturday is time for joy and greatest expectation because of the beautiful liturgy of the Easter Vigil, often referred to as the Mother of all Holy Vigils, or the Great Service of Light. The Easter Vigil was restored to the liturgy in 1955, during the liturgical reform which preceded the Second Vatican Council.
During the day, the preparations at home which must be made for Easter Day are appropriate, however, because they keep our attention fixed on the holiness and importance of the most central feast of the Church. Working with our children to prepare for Easter can offer us many ‘teaching moments’, as well.
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I can’t understand why Mardi Gras’ “Fat Tuesday”, a gluttonous celebration, is always the day before Ash Wednesday and the day after Clean Monday. Clean Monday (sometimes referred to as Ash Monday) is a day set aside for leaving your sinful attitudes behind and to focus on good intentions and a meaningful desire to clean your spiritual house. It’s a day of strict fasting for Eastern Catholics, including abstinence not only from meat, but from eggs and dairy products as well.
I would never want to partake in a two weeks’ long celebrated journey toward the 7 Deadly Sins just before the Holy Season of Lent, but that’s just me.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Lenten Season 2014…
First, here’s the Lenten Schedule From: Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Lent 2014 which lists dates from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Click on the links for additional information…
Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and abstinence, and Confession.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday. (For an explanation why Lent begins 46 days before Easter but is only 40 days long, see How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?) For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday. The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2014.
• Clean Monday
Monday, March 3, 2014
• Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
• First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 9, 2014
• Second Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 16, 2014
• Feast of Saint Patrick
Monday, March 17, 2014
• Feast of Saint Joseph
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
• Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 23, 2014
• The Annunciation of the Lord
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
• Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 30, 2014
• Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, April 6, 2014
• Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 13, 2014
• Holy Thursday
Thursday, April 17, 2014
• Good Friday
Friday, April 18, 2014
• Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
From: The Holy Season Of Lent 2014…
Here’s a Lenten and Easter Calendar for 2014. Just click on each week for the Daily Reflections, Daily Lenten Questions, Daily Actions and Daily Prayers for each of the forty days of Lent (Ash Wednesday is shown below). There are also sections that describe Fasting and Abstinence, Holy Days during Lent as well as a section on the Stations Of The Cross. Just click on Lent & Easter 2014.
I went to Parochial school and have always fasted (just clear liquids—no alcohol) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It’s the only time of year where I don’t mind going without food for 24 hours. Fasting gives me a clearer mind and makes me feel closer to God. I go through these daily exercises every Lenten Season, and really look forward to it—it’s so inspiring. Why not try it, or at least read the daily prayers? I find a lot of strength in these prayers, and it also sustains my soul.
I will receive my ashes today and will look forward to each and every glorious day that God gives me. I will show my gratitude every day and pray that people will look to God for guidance, for He alone is our salvation. We simply cannot allow anyone to remove God and all His Goodness and Glory from our hearts or from our country. America is God’s country, and this is the world that He created. It is not man-made. God will give us comfort and strength to carry on, and He will be the One to deliver us from all this evil that surrounds us as well. After all, he sent his Only Beloved Son to die for our sins. The least we can do is honor Him for all He’s given us…
Here is the reading for today, Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014)…
Wednesday, March 5, Ash Wednesday
“Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.” Gn. 3:19
Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. (Joel 2:13)
The liturgical use of ashes originated in the Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Esther 4:1). Job repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6). Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel wrote, “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).
Jesus made reference to ashes, “If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have reformed in sackcloth and ashes long ago” (Matthew 11:21).
In the Middle Ages, the priest would bless the dying person with holy water, saying, “Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” The Church adapted the use of ashes to mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, when we remember our mortality and mourn for our sins. In our present liturgy for Ash Wednesday, we use ashes made from the burned palm branches distributed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, “Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return,” or “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” As we begin this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we must remember the significance of the ashes we have received: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ. Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven.
Q: What is Lent?
A: Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional enumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to the Easter Vigil, excluding Sundays, as before.]
Invite a non-practicing friend to Mass with you.
Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Ash Wednesday is a day of both fasting and abstinence.
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Kind of ironic since most scientists don’t believe in God at all. Or maybe, we have more “closet believers” in the scientific world than they care to admit…
If you’re a regular reader of my Blog, you’ll know I’m all about numbers, especially triple numbers like 111, 222, 333, etc, and also 11:11 and 11:44—numbers that I see all the time. I just happened upon this story (below) and I was instantly reminded of Genesis 1:1-11…
Genesis 1:1-11 (New International Version)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
God has given us so many phenomenal things, including life itself, yet there are some people who still don’t believe He exists. I feel sorry for them. In the scientific community, though, they saw such a stunning photo in the Heavens above that they had to attribute it to Almighty God Himself. That’s a good start, isn’t it?
When I first looked at the photo in the story below, what I saw was more than the “Hand of God”. I saw God wide-eyed in horror as He gazes down upon us and sees what is happening to the world He so lovingly created for us, with His hand half-covering His face, not believing what we have become…
The “Hand Of God” can be seen everywhere, even among the non-believers. Read the article below for an interesting read from: http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/beyond-nasa-photo-Hand-of-God-seen-everywhere/
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Beyond NASA photo, ‘Hand of God’ seen everywhere
Stunning X-ray telescopic image suggests more than some scientists intended
Published: 23 hours ago
Although the newest galactic image captured by a NASA telescope is being reported widely, there’s a major irony in the name given to the remarkable photograph – the “Hand of God.”
Today’s scientific establishment is largely secular, even atheistic, so naming the image of an exploding star – captured by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR – the “Hand of God” seems just a rare and whimsical acknowledgement of God, since the image does bear an unmistakable resemblance to a giant, cosmic “hand.”
However, renowned scientist Arthur Robinson, commenting on the photo’s name, tells WND that until the current historical era, everything in nature was considered by scientists to be evidence of the “hand of God.”
“Scientists during most of history have recognized that the vast natural beauty they are privileged to see and study could only have been the product of an awesome Creator,” Robinson said.
The new NASA photo resulted when the NuSTAR telescope X-rayed the explosion of a star and subsequent ejection of a huge cloud of matter that shows up as blue in the image.
In a press release, NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said, “NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light.”
Robinson, a former CalTech professor and co-founder with Nobel laureate Linus Pauling of the Linus Pauling Institute, and later of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, assured WND that while science has become increasingly atheistic, “many scientists today still recognize the hand of God in the natural world.”
In “The Marketing of Evil,” author and WND Managing Editor David Kupelian points out a few other scientists who see the “Hand of God” everywhere:
“This ubiquitous natural wonderland caused man to acknowledge and honor the Creator of creation, as Copernicus did when he wrote, ‘[The world] has been built for us by the Best and Most Orderly Workman of all.’ Or as Galileo wrote, ‘God is known … by Nature in His works and by doctrine in His revealed word.’ Or as Pasteur confessed, ‘The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.’ Or Isaac Newton: ‘When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.’”
Newton, interestingly, is universally regarded as one of the most important scientists in history, and his 1687 book, “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,” is considered perhaps the most influential science book of all time, laying out the basis for classical mechanics.
But Newton also wrote another book many people have never heard about: “Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John.” In fact, a devout Christian, Newton spent a significant amount of his time researching and studying the Bible.
With views like that, which by today’s academic standards might be regarded as “unscientific,” it is questionable whether Sir Isaac Newton, history’s most famous scientist, could have landed a professorship at a modern secular university.
Here are a few other images that scientists of past eras, had they been privileged to view them, would certainly have regarded as the handiwork of a divine Creator.
A star swirl:
Two interacting galaxies called Arp 273. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one. (NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))
The Mystic Mountain:
This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” (NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI))
This celestial butterfly is far from serene. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to nearly 20,000 degrees Celsius. The gas is tearing across space at more than 950,000 kilometers per hour – fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes! (NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team)
The Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe’s most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). (NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA))
This is among the largest images produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory – an shows theh entire Crab Nebula. (NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble))
Part of the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33. (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI))
In his book, “God and the Astronomers,” world-renowned astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, explains the “fear of faith” many of today’s scientists experience.
There is a kind of religion in science, it is the religion of a person who believes there is order and harmony in the universe, and every effect must have its cause; [but] there is no First Cause. …
“No First Cause,” however, means there is no Creator, no God. As Jastrow continues:
This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control. If he really examined the implications, he would be traumatized. As usual when faced with trauma, the mind reacts by ignoring the implications – in science this is known as “refusing to speculate” – or trivializing the origin of the world by calling it the Big Bang, as if the Universe were a firecracker.
Consider the enormity of the problem. Science has proven that the universe exploded into being at a certain moment. It asks, What cause produced this effect? Who or what put the matter and energy into the Universe? Was the Universe created out of nothing, or was it gathered together out of pre-existing materials? And science cannot answer these questions …
“Now,” Jastrow continues, “we would like to pursue that inquiry farther back in time, but the barrier to further progress seems insurmountable. It is not a matter of another year, another decade of work, another measurement, or another theory; at this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation.”
The famed scientist’s ultimate conclusion is astonishingly candid, particularly in light of his own professed agnosticism: “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
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As we reflect on this very solemn day, I’m posting a video which reflects the horror of that day, “Prayer Of The Children” which shows how the world reacted to the vicious terror attacks on innocent victims, and ending appropriately with “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Since my site is all about quotes, I felt it is most appropriate to post the “10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11″ from the Veterans United site (Follows Video below) as well…
May God rest all those innocent souls who perished at the hands of savage beasts on that fateful day. They are Always on our Minds, and will be Forever in Our Hearts…
May their families be comforted in knowing that they are all safe in God’s Loving Embrace. May God continue to Bless our Great Nation, and may He continue to Bless and Watch Over our Military and First Responders…
9/11 Remembered – Prayer of the Children
Now for the 10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11…
10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11
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It is with a heavy heart that we honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
It is a day that forever changed our nation. Friends and families were left weakened by missing loved ones, yet the spirit and resolve of America grew strong. Now is the time to remember those that were taken from us, and to thank those whose memory kept us from falling down. It’s been a long, hard road since 9/11, and it will continue for many years, but, as one nation, we will continue to prevail.
Below are ten quotes that express the feelings of the time.
1) “All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying.” –Michael Walters, a freelance photojournalist in Manhattan
2) “The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” –Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
3) “You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” –Colin Powell
4) “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” –President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
5) “We’re going to find out who did this and we’re going after the bastards.” –Sen. Orrin Hatch
6) “The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America.
“And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice: We will not give in to terrorists; We will not rest until they are found and defeated; We will win this struggle; not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace; so help us God.” –Sen. Tom Harkin
7) “When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.” –Barbara Kingsolver, novelist
8) “For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.
9) “What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” –David Levithan
10) “Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” –Sen. John Kerry
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The more I find out about Barack Hussein Obama and our government, the more sick to my stomach I become. Who the heck can we trust today?
When Bush was in office, we were all able to live productive lives knowing America was safe under his administration, letting us focus on our families, and making better lives for ourselves. Since Obama got into office, it’s been one catastrophe after another. We can’t even go one day without him and his henchman pulling another fast one over on us. We can’t breathe without being inundated with consistent Obama drama.
America is no longer a shining light upon a hill, it is fast becoming wonderful memories disappearing into a big black hole. How did Obama get into office when nobody knew anything about him? That’s how! He got into office because nobody really knew anything about him. We’re all finding out the hard way, bit by bit, as he rears his ugly head, just what he’s made of, and it isn’t pretty. I knew all along, as did others, about this snake-in-the-grass, but the masses bought into his worthless words of “hope” and “change”. We’re all seeing now what version of “hope” and “change” he meant.
We’ve been hearing lie after lie from this administration, but I think Obama’s days in the sun are starting to turn to gray skies when all is said and done. He has always shown such contempt for this country, and ironically, this country and countries all over the world are showing discontentment for him now.
I remember watching a video where he was shown boarding Marine One to a saluting Marine, gave a half-assed salute to someone onboard while going through the doorway, then someone inside apparently told him to get his butt back out there and try to appear presidential to the Marine, he went back out there and instead of a salute, Obama gave him a handshake. I thank God I wasn’t stupid enough to vote for that idiot—either time!
Then we hear John Kerry touting quite dramatically, “We saw rows of dead lined up in burial shrouds, the white linen unstained by a single drop of blood”, referring to this picture…
…claiming that those were the bodies of Syria’s chemical weapons massacre. We later learn that the photo he talked about was not from Syria. Heck, it wasn’t even from this decade. What he won’t tell us is that the photo he referred to was taken by Mr. di Lauro from Getty Images picture agency in 2003 during the Iraqi war under another Hussein dictator—Saddam.
Ironically, Kerry uses that image from the Iraqi war to call upon our sympathies, but there was no sympathy for Bush when he wanted to dethrone Saddam, where that picture originated from. Bush was met with opposition, yet now, we’re all asked to join together with Obama. Bull! He doesn’t even know who performed these heinous acts, or does he?
Mr. di Lauro describes his reaction here…
“I went home at 3am and I opened the BBC page which had a front page story about what happened in Syria and I almost felt off from my chair.
“One of my pictures from Iraq was used by the BBC web site as a front page illustration claiming that those were the bodies of yesterday’s massacre in Syria and that the picture was sent by an activist.
“Instead the picture was taken by me and it’s on my web site, on the feature section regarding a story I did In Iraq during the war called Iraq, the aftermath of Saddam.
He added he was less concerned about an apology or the use of image without consent, adding: “What is amazing it’s that a news organization has a picture proving a massacre that happened yesterday in Syria and instead it’s a picture that was taken in 2003 of a totally different massacre.
“Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.”
When someone wildly exaggerates a story, it is only to benefit themselves and hide the truth for some dark reason. Obama and Kerry are grossly undermining our intelligence, and it will come back to haunt them. I’ve got to hand it to Obama, though, he needed a mother of a diversion to get our attention (and the media’s) away from all his other scandals that are mounting as high as America’s debt, especially about Benghazi, but unbeknownst to the both of these evil twins, we will never forget about Benghazi, and the rest of the truth will come out, in spite of Obama’s diversions surrounding us.
I never thought in a million years that I would be buzzing by a Russian news site, but here I am, doing it today—I like to keep my options open. Pravda, a Russian, Communist-leaning news site, has called out Obama, and I agree with just about everything this author has to say about Obama in both of the articles I’ve posted below: The first article is “Obama Versus The World” and the other, “Barack Obama: The Worst President In The History Of The USA”, both articles written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey.
For starters, they call out some statistics from The Drudge Report, where 729,336 votes were cast to the question, “Give Obama authority to conduct military operations in Syria? An astounding 667,929 votes were placed against, which is 92% of the votes, with just 8% in favor. Even Jon Stewart, who loves Obama, called him out on the IRS scandal.
There was a recent take-over of the village of Maaloula by Syrian Islamist rebels, where they attacked the Christian center and told Christians, “You either convert to Islam or you will be beheaded”. This is the MO of savage beasts, and most likely the orchestrators of the chemical attacks in Syria. This begs the question, who’s side is Obama on? Why isn’t Obama condemning radical Islamists who are beheading Christians. After all, he’s tried hard to convince us all that he’s a Christian, hasn’t he? Why is there no anger about these attacks on innocent Christians?
CNN showed snippets from the videos Obama showed Congress to help persuade them. Weird how Obama once blamed a YouTube video for the Benghazi terrorist attacks, yet he’s now using YouTube to further his agenda on an attack in Syria. The ironies are surrounding Obama lately.
Obama is preparing to talk with us tomorrow night. From him, there will be a lot of boiler plate material from past speeches, many Bush references, a lot of arrogant stances with his nose tilting up in the air in that arrogant Obama manner, many pregnant pauses and a lot of Uh’s. From us, there will be a lot of Zzzs…
Obama versus the world
Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, states that what is at stake is universal values because “I didn’t set a red line. The world did” in his words. Let us then examine the opinion polls and draw a conclusion as to whether Barack Obama is in syntony with the world, or whether he stands pitifully alone, advocating a criminal act once again tarnishing the image of his country.
We may start with the reports on the influential Drudge Report opinion poll, in which 729,336 votes were cast on the question: Give Obama authority to conduct military operations in Syria? The result was 667,929 votes against, or 92 per cent, and just eight per cent in favour, reflecting a general trend in the United States of America with eight to nine per cent in favour of what President Obama proposes. The ABC-Washington Post poll shows around 60% against missile strikes; the most favourable poll to Obama inside the USA is the Pew Report, which claims that the No vote is close to 50% and the Yes, some 29%. So much for his own country, now let us go abroad.
At an official level, China is against the attack, India is against the attack, Russia is against the attack, Iran is against the attack, Germany is against the attack, most of Latin America is against the attack, South Africa is against the attack, like most of the African continent … the list goes on and on and on and on and on, representing an official position against the attack representing the vast majority of humankind.
On the United Nations Security Council, Russia is against the attack, China is against the attack and the United Kingdom, while the Government is in favour, its Parliament is against. In fact, even in countries whose official position is in favour of military intervention, for example the UK, the people are against, in this case just 8% favour intervention.
66% of Britons said they did not care if the UK’s decision against military intervention damaged relations with the United States (BBC poll); in France, whose President Hollande has made declarations insinuating he would support a US attack (against the Rome Statute which France has signed), a BVA poll reported by Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France, shows 64% of those polled against military action.
So rather than having a red line drawn by the international community in favour of military intervention, we see clearly a lying John Kerry who used photographic evidence to back up his claim that military intervention was justified which was taken in 2003 in Iraq, who denies al-Qaeda are in action in Syria among the “rebel” forces the west supported from the beginning and we see a delusional Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Obama, whose sanity one must now place in question.
We see a red line drawn by the international community against military intervention and we see a red line drawn around the feet of President Obama as he stands alone, arrogantly and defiantly supporting military action which nobody wants and which is illegal under international law, whatever Congress decides.
It is President Obama against the world and Barack Obama is about to draw the outlines of his own political epitaph and the standing of his country in the international community.
Here’s another eye-opener from Pravda written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey just two days later. The author is correct in saying that in the history of the United States Of America, Obama is the worst person to set foot in the White House, and he did it via voter fraud…
Barack Obama: The worst President in the history of the USA
Make no mistake: Barack Hussein Obama is preparing to give a speech to the citizens of the United States of America next Tuesday in which he is planning to justify military action against Syria, with or without a nod from Congress. If he does so, he will write his name in the darkest annals of history.
George W. Bush was the human epitome of the saying, and pardon me, “sh*t stinks” because with him, you knew what you were getting, it was raw, it was in your face, it was unsophisticated, brash, rash, harsh, arrogance, belligerence, chauvinism, it was kick-a*s diplomacy at its very worst, it was riding roughshod over the international community, it was insulting to every norm or precept of common decency… but it was undisguised. It was honest.
With Barack Obama, there is a mist of perfume which disguises the filth that lies below his policies, a cloak, a mantle of decency, a promise of “change”, mere words used, abused and manipulated by a cynical coward devoid of any emotional intelligence at all, who does not have the guts to stand up to the lobbies pulling his strings, the corporate neo-con elitists who created his Presidency. Barack Obama’s entire persona is dishonest, he is a fraud of the worst kind, a siren’s song; his policy is double-faced, double-tongued, double-dealing and plain, downright deceitful.
Barack Obama promises one thing, he delivers another. He promises change, he receives a Nobel Peace Prize not for what he has done but for the breath of fresh air he represents and what does he do?
He supports terrorists in Libya, playing along with an Anglo-French imperialistic dream to steal Libya’s sovereign fund and pillage its resources, destroying a State which provided for its people. Then at the same time, he supports terrorists in Syria, arming and financing terrorist groups using his Middle Eastern bed-pals, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and regional monster Turkey.
It is a pea-brained, nonsensical, short-sighted and criminally reckless foreign policy, it is as illogical as it is dangerous and it is bound to rebound and blow up in Obama’s face. Detailed scientific evidence gathered by Russia backs up Moscow’s claim that it was the Syrian terrorists supported by the West which have carried out gas attacks, not Government forces.
The United States of America has not produced any evidence incriminating the Government of Bashar al-Assad in the recent chemical weapons attack in Ghouta while the finger of suspicion once again points at the terrorist forces backed by the Obama regime trying to frame the Syrian Arab Army.
However with a policy which uses deceit comes the need for intelligence and logic. What Government force is going to use chemical weapons in an area where its own troops are fighting (Obama focuses on images of children – one such image used by Kerry was taken in 2003 in Iraq – but there are other images of Syrian soldiers in hospital which he has chosen to ignore), what Government force is going to deploy chemical weaponry in an area where it is winning, what Government force is going to deploy such weaponry on the eve of a visit from UN experts?
Every time the UN has gone to Syria, the terrorists Obama backs have deployed chemical weapons.
Let us then conclude that Barack Obama is the worst President in the history of the United States of America because he has insulted not only the Nobel Institution to its core but also the international community and his own people by disregarding basic and common human values, supporting Islamist terrorists, including al-Qaeda pandering to the whims of the lobbies pulling his strings.
Any vote from Congress is meaningless in an international context because the forum of international law governing this case is the United Nations Security Council. If the United States of America does not like that, tough, then why did it sign the agreement? We now wait to see whether Congress listens to its Constituencies or whether it blows a raspberry in the faces of the American people sick and tired of their manipulation of fear and facts in their lying murderous schemes.
And this is the guy who stood for “change”? Change of what?
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Saturday, August 17, 2013 — 4:50 PM (My original post follows my update)
The men of ‘Duck Dynasty’ pose with Maria Menounos during an appearance on ‘LIVE! with Kelly and Michael’ Wednesday.
Phil Robertson, Willie Robertson, Si Robertson, Jase Robertson and Jep Robertson, members of the smash hit TV Series, Duck Dynasty, recently appeared on “Live with Kelly and Michael”, with guest co-host, Maria Menounos (sitting in for Kelly) and Michael Strahan while visiting New York during the week.
Here’s the video of the interview on their morning show that aired Wednesday, August 14th. Jase Robertson joked, “I think it was a facial profile deal” when he was kicked out of a New York hotel he was staying in after he asked an employee where the restroom was. He was told, “Right here, sir”, and was quickly ushered out because he was mistaken for a homeless guy. You can’t make this stuff up. Hilarious! He then went on to say that he spotted three rats while he was there, stating “I’m noticing these things; that’s the hunter in me”. Rats in New York…LOL…and Maria chimed in “Really?“, as if it’s not commonplace. LOL She further embarrassed herself by asking them…”What exactly is hunting season?” HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!
These men, and they are men, are what’s good in America. They’re funny, unassuming and don’t flaunt their success with flashy clothes or huge diamond stud earrings hanging off their ears or gaudy gold chains hanging around their necks. They’re the real deal, and that’s why they’re so popular. It’s refreshing to finally see someone famous laugh off a potential racial moment with humor and dignity…
“Duck Dynasty” Comes Calling on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael”
Here’s my Original Post…
“To me, there’s nothing sexier than a guy who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, not afraid to reject peer pressure, not afraid to stand up for what’s right (even if it’s not popular), having the courage to stand by his convictions, always treats women with dignity and respect, and most importantly, not afraid to openly show the world his love for God, his country and his family. That’s my definition of what a man is.”
In the spirit of my usual “Friday Funnies”, I’m spotlighting a very funny show that I encourage you to start watching…
Whenever I come across a show that captures my attention (in a good way), I caption it as a “DVR Alert” and share it under “TV and Radio” on my site. Since this category has become so popular, I’ve given it its own Category: “QueenBeeWorld’s DVR Alert”. You can now click on that particular category to see the programs I watch, including upcoming specials or programs I feel are important enough to DVR…
Enter “Duck Dynasty“—a show about the Robertson family who is living the American Dream and became wealthy from their family-owned business making duck calls. New episodes of Duck Dynasty can be seen on the A&E Cable channel every Wednesday, 10 PM ET. Check for times in your area. If you want to watch the premier episode and / or catch up on past episodes (some are full episodes) and see what everyone’s quacking about, click here.
Duck Dynasty is a clean representation of the American Spirit, not the usual tasteless reality shows that are so abundant on TV and in social media, but American values that once were embraced and emulated by the masses.
The very successful business was started in 1972 when Phil Alexander Robertson created the “Duck Commander” duck call. He could have made a lucrative career out of football when he was offered a contract by the Washington Redskins after his junior year, but he turned it down because it interfered with his passion—duck season. He didn’t take the road most traveled—making millions as so many NFL players do who follow the money—instead, he stood his ground and followed his heart, professing his strong belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as many of us do. I feel God has rewarded him and his family (literally and figuratively) for choosing faith over money. Not only do they talk about the American Spirit, they live by it each and every day. For that, he and his whole family have earned my respect.
I truly believe God shows us all the right path to follow as well, but it’s up to us if we want to take that road less traveled. God has given us all free will, and the success of this show reveals a family that consistently takes the high road—the right road—and follows their hearts, unscripted, BTW. They don’t follow the worthless scripts so carefully worded as other reality shows so often do, and that is their downfall—shows that I don’t watch at all.
I always shine a light on what’s really important to me, whether good or bad. I tune in to Duck Dynasty because they have a faith and core values similar to mine, which is why I’m shining a bright light on this show. I love how they pray as a family at the end of each episode. If more people tuned in to more shows like this, and tune out classless, clueless reality shows that are rampant on TV and in social media, America would see [and hopefully imitate] the true values that made America a great nation from the start. It seems we’re losing those values at a high rate of speed, and we need to get them back if America is to thrive as it once did.
The story, including pictures, is below my post, but before I close, I’d like you to watch three short videos…
…the first, is a recent interview Bill O’Reilly had with CEO Willie Robertson on The O’Reilly Factor on the FoxNews Cable station…
O’Reilly Interviews Duck Dynasty CEO Willie Robertson ‘They Epitomize The American Spirit’
…the second, is a video slideshow of this beautiful family on Phil and Kay’s 48th Anniversary last year…
“You Have Each Other” – #DuckDynasty Phil & Miss Kay (48th anniversary)
…and the third is a snippet of Phil and Kay Robertson renewing their marriage vows on their 49th wedding anniversary during the 4th Season premier of Duck Dynasty. This video should be included with every wedding package, and viewed by everyone because it shows how to make a marriage blossom and grow with love and mutual respect, and it shows how to treat the lives that God gave us with the dignity and respect that we all deserve. There are no T & A shots in this series to entice viewership because they don’t have to resort to tasteless tactics to bring in viewership—because sex doesn’t sell as much as the American Spirit of mutual respect for one another and the core values that make America the greatest country on earth…
Redneck Renewal Best Wishes to Phil and Kay
To all those people out there who look up to celebrities and read about every dirty deed they do, and imitate their rotten behavior…
If you want to emulate someone, emulate this family because you’ll get nowhere fast if you continue to emulate the drug addicts and boozers that are the so-called “heroes of Sports and Hollywood fame”. In the end, a lot of them self-destruct and / or die because of their appalling behavior and poor choices they make, and sadly, that’s how their followers will probably end up if they don’t change their ways.
There’s a good reason why 11.8 million people tuned in to watch the August 15th, Season 4 premier of Duck Dynasty, and continue to watch—because Americans are thirsty for America to regain what it’s in jeopardy of losing–the American Spirit…
How did a show about a ‘redneck’ family who make duck calls become the most watched cable show EVER? Season premiere of Duck Dynasty shatters records
- 11.8 million people watched the August 15 season 4 premiere
By Joshua Gardner
PUBLISHED: 21:16 EST, 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 03:34 EST, 16 August 2013
The A&E series Duck Dynasty made a big splash Wednesday when it kicked off its fourth season with the highest ratings for any cable reality show in history.
The show that follows the Robertsons—a West Monroe, Louisiana brood of duck hunters who’ve become filthy rich from a business selling duck calls—who drew an unbelievable 11.8 million viewers on Wednesday.
And they’re probably getting filthier. The record ratings come after A&E gave in to the off-beat clan’s demands for higher pay and amidst the growing popularity of the Duck Commander brand merchandise that made them rich in the first place.
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No quacks: The Robertson clan of A&E’s Duck Dynasty made a huge splash Wednesday with a record-setting premier that drew 11.8 million viewers
The network said the episode took its place as the No. 1 non-fiction series telecast in cable history in total viewers as well as all key demographic groups, most notably the coveted 18 to 49 demographic.
The fourth-season premiere grew by more than one-third in total viewers over last season’s debut.
Season three premiered with 8.6 million viewers last year and ranked as the number two most watched cable show of the season, behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.
It’s a phenomenon even Jase Robertson, one of the family’s bearded second generation, thought he’d never see.
‘My dad (Phil) echoed that,’ he told USA Today. ‘I think he said something along the lines of “A redneck family, they’re not going to run that.”’
The blockbuster premier on Wednesday placed the long-bearded Robertson boys ahead of another famously hirsute cable star. Duck Dynasty’s 11.8 million viewers beat out the wildly popular conclusion of History’s The Bible, which portrayed the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, by around 100,000 viewers.
Wildly popular: Phil Robertson with the duck call that started it all. His business has grown exponentially with the historic success of his A&E show, which became the most watched cable reality show ever on Wednesday
The Robertson’s business, Duck Commander, makes merchandise for hunting enthusiasts. Their show is one part business, one part family, and all parts popular
Worth it: The family reportedly stalled season four’s premier with prolonged salary negotiations. Now A&E is likely happy they gave in
Nuptials: The record setting premier featured Kay and Phil Robertson renewing their vows after 48 years
The show follows Phil Robertson, who created a successful company that sells duck hunting merchandise, his bearded sons, and all their wives and kids.
As the show’s success has increased exponentially—it grew by 95 percent between seasons two and three—the company that got it all started has reaped the benefits.
The company’s online store offers a trove of ‘Commander novelties’ in addition to its wide array of hunting gadgetry, like bobble head dolls, fake beards, mugs, beer koozies, and even a branded Cajun seasoning.
Catchy: Phil Robertson models the trademark beard worn by the men in his family
Kitschy: In addition to their hunting merchandise, Duck Commander also offers novelty items spun off from the series
Fresh: Duck Commander air fresheners come in ice (pictured), vanilla, and strawberry scents
Soggy: The family-themed show takes place in Louisiana bayou country
And the family has several literary offerings, to boot.
The patriarch Phil published Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, the family has a group-authored book called The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, and even the erstwhile uncle of the bayou brood has published a book, Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle.
There are also t-shirts, DVD collections, and a cookbook by Phil’s wife Kay.
In spite their wild financial success and continued popularity, Jase Robertson says they’re keeping their bearded heads on straight as best they can.
‘It didn’t really taint the important things,’ he said. ‘Our faith and our family and our perspective on life.’
Family jewels: Duck Commander CEO Williw Robertson, Phil’s son, models some of the duck calls that made his family wealthy
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Pricey: The original Duck Commander duck call device, left, sells for $45. The duck call at right, dubbed the Cold Blooded Series (in Copperhead finish) sells for $180
Uncle Si’s duck hat is, unfortunately, not available at the Duck Commander web store
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Even though I am of Catholic faith, I have a deep respect for the Jewish people of Israel who have been forever persecuted by the enemies that surround them. Just as Israel is surrounded by Arab countries who detest them, they continue to survive, against all odds. Obama recently visited this Holy Land, but I don’t believe he extended a supportive hand to the Israelis while he was there. I believe the olive branch was extended to the Palestinians.
Israel may be surrounded by evil terrorists who want to extinguish its people, but they are also surrounded by miracles, and protected by God Himself. I wanted to post a video (below) that attests to that fact…
May the people of Israel and all who support this beautiful country continue to soar like an eagle against adversities, and continue to be blessed with God’s love and protection forever and ever. Many of us are with you, Israel. May you not only survive the storms; may you continue to thrive despite them as well. Amen…
This video (with some subtitles) was uploaded by ApolloEightGenesis on Oct 2, 2011. Thank you for posting this, ApolloEight. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your efforts…
Description on YouTube site…
“Against All Odds: In Search of a Miracle” (2005)
Experience what some have called the modern miracles of Israel through the eyes of a seasoned journalist, Michael Greenspan, and explore the question: why has Israel survived against all the odds? This 13 part dramatic television series, appropriately tilted, “Against All Odds: In Search of a Miracle”, takes a fascinating journey into the documented stories of supernatural phenomenon, which birthed and preserved modern Israel. Eyewitness accounts and commentary by high ranking government officials, generals, soldiers, foreign leaders and rich dramatic recreations compel the audience to ask, are these events miracles? You decide…
Against All Odds:In The Search Of Miracles
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Let’s face it, haters are going to hate, but Boston is fearless in spite of the Islamic radicals who set upon attacking the innocent victims at the 117th Boston Marathon. I’m a proud Bostonian, and we are Boston Strong! The Boston Marathon terrorist attack was a cowardly, vicious act orchestrated by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, two evil Chechnya punks who hate America and all it stands for, even though they took full advantage of our generosity. We now know first-hand the massive extent of their evil and their hate, especially in light of past murders that they were “allegedly” involved in on September 11, 2011. Their goal is to destroy this beautiful country of ours, but we’re a heck of a lot stronger than they will ever be. We grieve over our immense losses, we brush off the evil, then we rebuild our lives with God’s divine help.
I thought it was a good idea to post some comments from late night comedians about the strength of Boston…
Compiled From Daniel Kurtzman…
Stephen Colbert on the Boston Marathon bombing:
“Whoever did this obviously did not know sh*t about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sake, Boston was founded by the pilgrims—a people so tough they had to buckle their g*ddamn hats on. It is the cradle of the American revolution. A city that withstood an 86-year losing streak. A city that made it through the Big Dig, a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years—I mean, there are commuters just getting home now. Even their bands are tough. It’s the hometown of Aerosmith, who are, in their fifth decade, still going strong. Even Steven Tyler looks fantastic, for a 73-year-old woman.
But here is what these cowards really don’t get. They attacked the Boston Marathon. An event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw for fun. And they have been holding it in Boston since 1897. And do you know how tough you have to be to run in a whalebone corset? And when those bombs went off, there were runners who, after finishing a marathon, kept running for another two miles to the hospital to donate blood.
So here’s what I know. These maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston, but all they can ever do is show just how good those people are.”
Jon Stewart on the Boston Marathon bombing:
“Once again, having to start under horrific events here in this country. I really hate the fact that I can cross-reference my thoughts to so many other events that have occurred over the years—so I’m not going to. I’m just going to say this to Boston: Thank you. Thank you for once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country.
So thank you for everything you’ve done. It’s quite a little city you’ve got going on up there. And New Yorkers and Boston obviously have kind of a little bit of a competition. Often, the two cities accusing each other of various levels of suckitude. But it is in situations like this that we realize it is clearly a sibling rivalry, and that we are your brothers and sisters in this type of event. As a city that knows the feeling of confusion, anger, and grief, and chaos that comes with these events, I can tell you from personal experience: You’ve got a hell of a city going on, and you’ve done an incredible job in the face of all this. Thank you.”
Compiled from Scott Meslow…
Conan O’Brien on the Boston Marathon bombing:
Conan O’Brien acknowledged his personal connection to Boston, sending his thoughts and prayers to the city before continuing on with the show:
Ladies and gentlemen, we do have a great show for you tonight. But first, I did want to start by talking about what an upsetting and sad day it has been. I’m talking, of course, about what happened in Boston earlier today. Boston’s my hometown. It’s where I grew up. It’s where my family lives. So I wanted to take a moment to say that like everybody here, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston, and everybody who’s been affected by this absolutely senseless act. That’s important to say right up top. That said, it is our job to do a show, and we’re going to try and entertain you the very best we can. Which, given our track record, gives you people a 20 percent chance of having a good show tonight, and I think that’s pretty good.
Craig Ferguson on the Boston Marathon bombing:
A visibly distraught Craig Ferguson spent most of his opening monologue in a non-comedic vein, as he talked about his affection for Boston and lamented the senselessness of the tragedy:
“Good evening. Tonight’s show is a little bit different. Obviously, the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive, at best to say, “It’s a great day for America.” So I won’t be starting the show with that tonight. Is anyone else sick of this sh*t? Too often, I have to not say “It’s a great day for America” for some random act of madness or terrorism.
By the time you get to this show, the media has been poring over the events of the day, and the constant analysis, and speculation on the assumptions. I’m not here to do that. People say to me, “Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day,” and yes, that’s true. But I’ve never professed to be any damn good at that.
People want their mind taken off it. And I think well, okay, if you want your mind taken off it, watch a cartoon or a video or something. I understand it. I think it’s perfectly acceptable. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to not want to think about it. But I can’t not think about it. I can’t not think about it. And the deal I made with you, when I started this show, was that I’ll be as honest as I can be. I’ll do the best show I can do.
And also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston. I have some history there. I have family there. When I became an American citizen in 2008, I spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4 on the invitation of Tommy Menino, who’s the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics. Who would have thought that Boston would rise up with an interesting and colorful politician? But it happens from time to time. I’ve been there on the 4th of July, many times, on the Esplanade there, with that big half shell, or clamshell—I always get it wrong, but I’ve done that a lot. Every cop in Boston looks like I’m his brother. You know that’s true. My first standup special in America, I shot in Boston. I’m used to it. I like that town. I’m appalled by this thing. And when I watch it on these streets that I know, watch the media going over and over this thing on the streets you know, it’s horrifying.
And people say, ‘You don’t let the terrorists win.’ They’re not f***ing winning. It’s there. And I know people say, ‘Oh we don’t know if it’s a terrorist.’ Yes, we do. Whoever did that—whoever did that thing—wasn’t doing it for any other reason. Clearly they failed in achieving the number of deaths and carnage that they were trying to get. This wasn’t some brave commando that snuck into a military installation and put a limpet mine on the side of a battleship, and snuck out, fearing for his own life. This was some f***ing f***er who went into a public place and left something there that they knew was going to blow up. That’s not a soldier, that’s a terrorist. That’s not a soldier.
If I have all this inside of me—all this rage, and anger, and distress inside of me—I’m not good enough a comedian to hide it from you. I can’t hide it. It’s there. So we’ll have our guests out tonight, and I’ll ask them about their lives. But I don’t know how it’s going to be.
Jimmy Kimmel on the Boston Marathon bombing:
Jimmy Kimmel kept his remarks relatively brief, acknowledging the Boston Marathon bombings before segueing to a traditional comedic monologue:
I don’t want to bring everyone down, but it was a terrible day. Very bad things happened today, for no good reason, and our thoughts are with the people of Boston, and everyone who is suffering as a result of the bombings at the marathon. It’s a disgusting thing, and I don’t understand it, but my job is to make you laugh, and so I’ll try to do that. And I will probably fail. I’m failing already.
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My post follows this video…
The Easter Song…
Here it is Easter Sunday, and Google has posted this: Cesar Chavez’s 86th Birthday…
A Civil Rights activist who was born on March 31st and died in 1993. Are you kidding me? I’m a Catholic, and I find Google’s “political correctness” totally appalling, especially on Easter Sunday. They do this time and time again with all Christian holidays. On Christmas, they had ice skaters. The subject matter never reflects the Christian holidays. I’m through with Google, and have changed my search engine to Bing. At least Bing has Easter eggs on their search engine.
I’m reposting my Easter message (below) that includes some beautiful Easter quotes to all my Catholic and Christian friends from my April 12, 2009 Easter post. The sentiment still rings true today. Google can go to hell…
Rejoice! The Lord has Risen! This post is my Easter offering to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Happy Easter…
Today is Easter Sunday. For Christians, it’s the greatest feast of the year…the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It has always been a revered Holiday to me. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, so, too, shall we rise up from our broken dreams, empty promises and lost hope. We will regain all we have lost, and be better for it. I would say that 2008 and 2009 have been the years that we were all taught some hard lessons in humility and moderation. I’ve included some of my favorite reflections to honor this Sacred Day.
I wish you all a Happy Easter, and may we all experience a rebirth of morals, strength, courage and determination to make a better tomorrow…
Some beautiful Easter quotations…
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The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. ~Robert Flatt
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall
The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice. ~Henry Knox Sherrill
Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. ~Charles M. Crowe
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
~Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”
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On Holy Saturday, as we await the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are now in a state of sorrow and emptiness, and at the same time we pray in hopeful anticipation. We mourn the death of Christ, yet our hearts are full of anticipation of the miracle to come. What an emotional weekend it is!
I broke my 1-day fast this morning and am filled with God’s love. I don’t know what’s come over me. I think fasting is a great thing! It helps center my body and clear my mind. It’s as if everything is right in the world. This weekend, I don’t want to think about politics because this weekend I have reserved for God and His Son. For there is nobody higher or mightier than God. I will wrap my soul around the miracle that is coming.
In the meantime, I am posting the Stations of the Cross in case you wish to go through them with me…
May Bountiful Blessings be yours today, tomorrow and for all eternity…
From my post on Lent. Click on “The Holy Season Of Lent” if you wish to read the prayer for today, Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013 from the Lenten Calendar…
with the reflections written by Mother M. Angelica, P.C.P.A.
Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the Way of the Cross. You felt every pain and every humiliation. You were unafraid of the ridicule heaped upon you by the crowds. Your eyes were ever on Jesus and His Pain. Is that the secret of your miraculous strength? How did your loving heart bear such a burden and such a weight? As you watched Him stumble and fall, were you tortured by the memory of all the yesterdays- His birth, His hidden life and His ministry?
You were so desirous of everyone loving Him. What a heartache it was to see so many hate Him – hate with a diabolical fury. Take my hand as I make this Way of the Cross. Inspire me with those thoughts that will make me realize how much He loves me. Give me light to apply each station to my daily life and to remember my neighbor’s needs in this Way of the Pain.
Obtain for me the grace to understand the mystery, the wisdom and the Divine love as I go from scene to scene. Grant that my heart, like yours, may be pierced through by the sight of His sorrow and the misery and that I may determine never to offend Him again. What a price He paid to cover my sins, to open the gates of heaven for me and to fill my soul with His own Spirit . Sweet Mother, let us travel this way together and grant that the love in my poor heart may give you some slight consolation.
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I didn’t feel it was appropriate to post a “Friday Funnies” today because to me, this is a very somber day. It’s Good Friday, but I don’t see anything “good” about the death of Jesus Christ. Why do they have to call it Good Friday? It should be called Sorrowful Friday because it marks the day Jesus died on the cross.
Every Good Friday, I fast. I don’t even put a mint in my mouth. I only drink water for the whole day. Funny that it doesn’t bother me at all, but this is what I do for My Lord and My God. The Catholic Church says you can have one meal that’s not as large as a full meal and two tiny meals that do not equal a full meal, but the way I look at it, if Jesus can go 40 days without food or water, I can go 24 hours without food.
I’m still healing from my recent breast cancer procedure, and went out walking in a cemetery with my husband today. I wanted to walk longer than my husband wanted so he waited in his truck while I continued to walk. It was during the 3-hour timeframe that Jesus died (between 12 and 3 PM), and I always stop and reflect at that particular time. Weird the way the sky was covered in dark clouds at that particular time. The sun reappeared later.
While I was walking, I picked up some flags that had fallen on the ground from the graves of some veterans, and prayed for them, thanking them for their service. I noticed an elderly man who was fixing some beautiful flowers and religious statues around a headstone. I told him, “What a beautiful tribute to a loved one.” He came up to me and told me his wife is buried there, and proceeded to tell me all about her. We talked for quite some time, but the one thing I liked about our conversation was that he never once referred to his wife as “the old ball and chain” or “thorn in my side”, etc. As he told me about his cherished time with his wife, it was with such love and respect. Even when she became sick, he never left her side. He said she was the greatest joy in his life and when his wife passed, half of him died with her. As he spoke about her, it made me feel as though I wanted to live my life so that my husband and people who knew me would say all those great things about me as well after I’m gone. I gave him a hug and promised to say a special prayer for her and also for him.
What I took away from my visit with this wonderful man…yes, I called him a man because that’s what he is…is that if you live your life according to God’s will, you will never be forgotten, even after death. Jesus died for our sins, but through the glory of God, he was resurrected and enjoyed eternal life, as we will enjoy if we live according to God’s will. I really feel that I was put in that man’s path for a reason, as I believe everything happens for a reason. He wanted to talk, and I was willing to listen.
So today, I will look at this as a teaching moment in my life to live a good and wholesome life because whether you believe it or not, even if we don’t think people are watching what we do, God is watching…
Here are some facts about Good Friday…
This includes a video…
Christians mark Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday in Jerusalem
Good Friday 2013 through 2023 from Calendar-365…
|Good Friday 2013
|| March 29, 2013
|Good Friday 2014
|| April 18, 2014
|Good Friday 2015
|| April 3, 2015
|Good Friday 2016
|| March 25, 2016
|Good Friday 2017
|| April 14, 2017
|Good Friday 2018
|| March 30, 2018
|Good Friday 2019
|| April 19, 2019
|Good Friday 2020
|| April 10, 2020
|Good Friday 2021
|| April 2, 2021
|Good Friday 2022
|| April 15, 2022
|Good Friday 2023
|| April 7, 2023
From Wiki: Good Friday…
Good Friday[nb 1] is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the latter properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.
Based on the details of the Canonical gospels, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday (John 19:42). The estimated year of the Crucifixion is AD 33, by two different groups, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton via the differences between the Biblical and Julian calendars and the crescent of the moon. A third method, using a completely different astronomical approach based on a lunar Crucifixion darkness and eclipse model (consistent with Apostle Peter‘s reference to a “moon of blood” in Acts 2:20), points to Friday, 3 April AD 33.
According to the accounts in the Gospels, the Temple Guards, guided by Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot, arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas received money (30 pieces of silver) (Matthew 26:14-16) for betraying Jesus and told the guards that whomever he kisses is the one they are to arrest. Following his arrest, Jesus was brought to the house of Annas, the father-in-law of the high priest, Caiaphas. There he was interrogated with little result and sent bound to Caiaphas the high priest where the Sanhedrin had assembled (John 18:1-24).
Conflicting testimony against Jesus was brought forth by many witnesses, to which Jesus answered nothing. Finally the high priest adjured Jesus to respond under solemn oath, saying “I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?” Jesus testified ambiguously, “You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven.” The high priest condemned Jesus for blasphemy, and the Sanhedrin concurred with a sentence of death (Matthew 26:57-66). Peter, waiting in the courtyard, also denied Jesus three times to bystanders while the interrogations were proceeding just as Jesus had predicted.
In the morning, the whole assembly brought Jesus to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate under charges of subverting the nation, opposing taxes to Caesar, and making himself a king (Luke 23:1-2). Pilate authorized the Jewish leaders to judge Jesus according to their own law and execute sentencing; however, the Jewish leaders replied that they were not allowed by the Romans to carry out a sentence of death (John 18:31).
Pilate questioned Jesus and told the assembly that there was no basis for sentencing. Upon learning that Jesus was from Galilee, Pilate referred the case to the ruler of Galilee, King Herod, who was in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. Herod questioned Jesus but received no answer; Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate. Pilate told the assembly that neither he nor Herod found guilt in Jesus; Pilate resolved to have Jesus whipped and released (Luke 23:3-16). Under the guidance of the chief priests, the crowd asked for Barabbas, who had been imprisoned for committing murder during an insurrection. Pilate asked what they would have him do with Jesus, and they demanded, “Crucify him” (Mark 15:6-14). Pilate’s wife had seen Jesus in a dream earlier that day, and she forewarned Pilate to “have nothing to do with this righteous man” (Matthew 27:19). Pilate had Jesus flogged and then brought him out to the crowd to release him. The chief priests informed Pilate of a new charge, demanding Jesus be sentenced to death “because he claimed to be God’s son.” This possibility filled Pilate with fear, and he brought Jesus back inside the palace and demanded to know from where he came (John 19:1-9).
Coming before the crowd one last time, Pilate declared Jesus innocent and washed his own hands in water to show he has no part in this condemnation. Nevertheless, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified in order to forestall a riot (Matthew 27:24-26) and ultimately to keep his job. The sentence written was “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” Jesus carried his cross to the site of execution (assisted by Simon of Cyrene), called the place of the Skull, or “Golgotha” in Hebrew and in Latin “Calvary”. There he was crucified along with two criminals (John 19:17-22).
Jesus agonized on the cross for six hours. During his last 3 hours on the cross, from noon to 3 p.m., darkness fell over the whole land. With a loud cry, Jesus gave up his spirit. There was an earthquake, tombs broke open, and the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom. The centurion on guard at the site of crucifixion declared, “Truly this was God’s Son!” (Matthew 27:45-54)
Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin and secret follower of Jesus, who had not consented to his condemnation, goes to Pilate to request the body of Jesus (Luke 23:50-52). Another secret follower of Jesus and member of the Sanhedrin named Nicodemus brought about a hundred pound weight mixture of spices and helped wrap the body of Christ (John 19:39-40). Pilate asks confirmation from the centurion whether Jesus is dead (Mark 15:44). A soldier pierced the side of Jesus with a lance causing blood and water to flow out (John 19:34), and the centurion informs Pilate that Jesus is dead (Mark 15:45).
Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’ body, wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and placed it in his own new tomb that had been carved in the rock (Matthew 27:59-60) in a garden near the site of crucifixion. Nicodemus (John 3:1) also brought 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes, and placed them in the linen with the body, in keeping with Jewish burial customs (John 19:39-40). They rolled a large rock over the entrance of the tomb (Matthew 27:60). Then they returned home and rested, because Shabbat had begun at sunset (Luke 23:54-56). On the third day, Sunday, which is now known as Easter Sunday (or Pascha), Jesus rose from the dead.
In the Roman Catholic Church
Day of Fasting
The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Latin Rite of the Church is understood as having only one full meal (but smaller than a regular meal) and two collations (a smaller repast, two of which together do not equal one full meal) and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat. In countries where Good Friday is not a day of rest from work, the afternoon liturgical service is usually put off until a few hours after the recommended time of 3 p.m.
Services on the day
The Latin Rite has no celebration of Mass between the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening and the Easter Vigil unless a special exemption is granted for rare solemn or grave occasions by the Vatican or the local bishop. The only sacraments celebrated during this time are Baptism (for those in danger of death), Penance, and Anointing of the Sick. While there is no celebration of the Eucharist, it is distributed to the faithful only in the Service of the Passion of the Lord, but can also be taken at any hour to the sick who are unable to attend this service. During this period crosses, candlesticks, and altar cloths are removed from the altar which remains completely bare. It is also customary to empty the holy water fonts in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil. Traditionally, no bells are rung on Good Friday or Holy Saturday until the Easter Vigil.
The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord takes place in the afternoon, ideally at three o’clock, but for pastoral reasons a later hour may be chosen. The vestments used are red (more commonly) or black (more traditionally). Before 1970, vestments were black except for the Communion part of the rite when violet was used. Before 1955 black was used throughout. If a bishop or abbot celebrates, he wears a plain mitre (mitra simplex).
Communion from the Blessed Sacrament on Good Friday (Our Lady of Lourdes, Philadelphia)
The liturgy consists of three parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.
- The Liturgy of the Word, consists of the clergy and assisting ministers entering in complete silence, without any singing. They then silently make a full prostration, “[signifying] both the abasement of ‘earthly man,’ and also the grief and sorrow of the Church.” Then follows the Collect prayer, and the reading or chanting of Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9, and the Passion account from the Gospel of John, traditionally divided between three deacons, yet often divided between the celebrant and more than one singer or reader. This part of the liturgy concludes with the orationes sollemnes, a series of prayers for the Church, the Pope, the clergy and laity of the Church, those preparing for baptism, the unity of Christians, the Jewish people, those who do not believe in Christ, those who do not believe in God, those in public office, those in special need. After each prayer intention, the deacon calls the faithful to kneel for a short period of private prayer; the celebrant then sums up the prayer intention with a Collect-style prayer.
- The Adoration of the Cross, has a crucifix, not necessarily the one that is normally on or near the altar at other times, solemnly displayed to the congregation and then venerated by them, individually if possible and usually by kissing the wood of the cross, while hymns and the Improperia (“Reproaches”) with the Trisagion hymn are chanted.
- Holy Communion is done according to a rite based on that of the final part of Mass, beginning with the Our Father, but omitting the ceremony of “Breaking of the Bread” and its related chant, the “Agnus Dei“. The Eucharist, consecrated at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday is distributed at this service. Before the reform of Pope Pius XII, only the priest received Communion in the framework of what was called the “Mass of the Presanctified“, which included the usual Offertory prayers, with the placing of wine in the chalice, but which omitted the Canon of the Mass. The priest and people then depart in silence, and the altar cloth is removed, leaving the altar bare except for the cross and two or four candlesticks.
Stations of the Cross
Rome: canopy erected at the “Temple of Venus and Rome” during the “Way of the Cross” ceremony
In addition to the prescribed liturgical service, the Stations of the Cross are often prayed either in the church or outside, and a prayer service may be held from midday to 3.00 p.m., known as the Three Hours’ Agony. In countries such as Malta, Italy, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Spain, processions with statues representing the Passion of Christ are held.
In Rome, since the papacy of Blessed John Paul II, the heights of the Temple of Venus and Roma and their position opposite the main entrance to the Colosseum have been used to good effect as a public address platform. This may be seen in the photograph below where a red canopy has been erected to shelter the Pope as well as an illuminated cross, on the occasion of the Way of the Cross ceremony. The Pope, either personally or through a representative, leads the faithful through meditations on the stations of the cross while a cross is carried from there to the Colosseum.
In Polish churches, a tableau of Christ’s Tomb is unveiled in the sanctuary. Many of the faithful spend long hours into the night grieving at the Tomb, where it is customary to kiss the wounds on the Lord’s body. A life-size figure of Christ lying in his tomb is widely visited by the faithful, especially on Holy Saturday. The tableaux may include flowers, candles, figures of angels standing watch, and the three crosses atop Mt Calvary, and much more. Each parish strives to come up with the most artistically and religiously evocative arrangement in which the Blessed Sacrament, draped in a filmy veil, is prominently displayed.
Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ
El Greco‘s Jesus Carrying the Cross, 1580
The Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus suffered during his Passion on Good Friday. These Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ do not involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair the sins against Jesus. Some such prayers are provided in the Raccolta Catholic prayer book (approved by a Decree of 1854, and published by the Holy See in 1898) which also includes prayers as Acts of Reparation to the Virgin Mary.
In his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor on reparations, Pope Pius XI called Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ a duty for Catholics and referred to them as “some sort of compensation to be rendered for the injury” with respect to the sufferings of Jesus.
Pope John Paul II referred to Acts of Reparation as the “unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified“.
The Holy Week commemorations reach their peak on Good Friday as the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the passion of Jesus. Solemn celebrations take place in all churches together with processions in different villages around Malta and Gozo. During the celebration, the narrative of the passion is read in some localities. The Adoration of the Cross follows. Good Friday processions take place in Birgu, Bormla, Għaxaq, Luqa, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Senglea, Valletta, Żebbuġ (Città Rohan) and Żejtun. Processions in Gozo will be in Nadur, Victoria (St. George and Cathedral), Xagħra and Żebbuġ, Gozo.
In predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, the day is commemorated with street processions, the Way of the Cross, the chanting of the Pasyon, and performances of the Senakulo, a Passion play. Church bells are not rung and Masses are not celebrated. Some devotees engage in self-flagellation and even have themselves crucified as expressions of penance despite health issues and strong disapproval from the Church.
After three o’clock in the afternoon (the time at which Jesus is traditionally believed to have died), the faithful venerate the cross in the local church and follow the procession of the Burial of Jesus. The image of the dead Christ is then laid in state to be venerated, and sometimes treated in accordance with local burial customs.
In Cebu and other Visayan Islands, people usually eat binignit and biko as a form of fasting.
In Eastern Christianity
Byzantine Christians (Eastern Christians who follow the Rite of Constantinople: Orthodox Christians and Greek-Catholics) call this day “Great and Holy Friday”, or simply “Great Friday”.
Because the sacrifice of Jesus through his crucifixion is commemorated on this day, the Divine Liturgy (the sacrifice of bread and wine) is never celebrated on Great Friday, except when this day coincides with the Great Feast of the Annunciation, which falls on the fixed date of March 25 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, March 25 currently falls on April 7 of the modern Gregorian Calendar). Also on Great Friday, the clergy no longer wear the purple or red that is customary throughout Great Lent, but instead don black vestments. There is no “stripping of the altar” on Holy and Great Thursday as in the West; instead, all of the church hangings are changed to black, and will remain so until the Divine Liturgy on Great Saturday.
The faithful revisit the events of the day through public reading of specific Psalms and the Gospels, and singing hymns about Christ’s death. Rich visual imagery and symbolism as well as stirring hymnody are remarkable elements of these observances. In the Orthodox understanding, the events of Holy Week are not simply an annual commemoration of past events, but the faithful actually participate in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Each hour of this day is the new suffering and the new effort of the expiatory suffering of the Savior. And the echo of this suffering is already heard in every word of our worship service – unique and incomparable both in the power of tenderness and feeling and in the depth of the boundless compassion for the suffering of the Savior. The Holy Church opens before the eyes of believers a full picture of the redeeming suffering of the Lord beginning with the bloody sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane up to the crucifixion on Golgotha. Taking us back through the past centuries in thought, the Holy Church brings us to the foot of the cross of Christ erected on Golgotha, and makes us present among the quivering spectators of all the torture of the Savior.
Great and Holy Friday is observed as a strict fast, and adult Byzantine Christians are expected to abstain from all food and drink the entire day to the extent that their health permits. “On this Holy day neither a meal is offered nor do we eat on this day of the crucifixion. If someone is unable or has become very old [or is] unable to fast, he may be given bread and water after sunset. In this way we come to the holy commandment of the Holy Apostles not to eat on Great Friday.”
Matins of Holy and Great Friday
The Byzantine Christian observance of Holy and Great Friday, which is formally known as The Order of Holy and Saving Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, begins on Thursday night with the Matins of the Twelve Passion Gospels. Scattered throughout this Matins service are twelve readings from all four of the Gospels which recount the events of the Passion from the Last Supper through the Crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Some churches have a candelabrum with twelve candles on it, and after each Gospel reading one of the candles is extinguished.
The first of these twelve readings John 13:31-18:1 is the longest Gospel reading of the liturgical year, and is a concatenation from all four Gospels. Just before the sixth Gospel reading, which recounts Jesus being nailed to the cross, a large cross is carried out of the sanctuary by the priest, accompanied by incense and candles, and is placed in the center of the nave (where the congregation gathers), with a two-dimensional painted icon of the body of Christ (Greek: soma) affixed to it. As the cross is being carried, the priest or a chanter chants a special antiphon, Sēmeron Kremātai Epí Xýlou:
Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross (three times). He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns. He who wraps the Heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who in Jordan set Adam free receives blows upon His face. The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ (three times). Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection.
During the service, all come forward to kiss the feet of Christ on the cross. After the Canon, a brief, moving hymn, The Wise Thief is chanted by singers who stand at the foot of the cross in the center of the nave. The service does not end with the First Hour, as usual, but with a special dismissal by the priest:
May Christ our true God, Who for the salvation of the world endured spitting, and scourging, and buffeting, and the Cross, and death, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother, of our holy and God-bearing fathers, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and the Lover of mankind.
The next day, in the forenoon on Friday, all gather again to pray the Royal Hours, a special expanded celebration of the Little Hours (including the First Hour, Third Hour, Sixth Hour, Ninth Hour and Typica) with the addition of scripture readings (Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel) and hymns about the Crucifixion at each of the Hours (some of the material from the previous night is repeated). This is somewhat more festive in character, and derives its name of “Royal” from both the fact that the Hours are served with more solemnity than normal, commemorating Christ the King who humbled himself for the salvation of mankind, and also from the fact that this service was in the past attended by the Emperor and his court.
Vespers of Holy and Great Friday
The epitaphios (“winding sheet”), depicting the preparation of the body of Jesus for burial
In the afternoon, around 3 pm, all gather for the Vespers of the Taking-Down from the Cross, commemorating the Deposition from the Cross. The Gospel reading is a concatenation taken from all four of the Gospels. During the service, the body of Christ (the soma) is removed from the cross, as the words in the Gospel reading mention Joseph of Arimathea, wrapped in a linen shroud, and taken to the altar in the sanctuary. Near the end of the service an epitaphios or “winding sheet” (a cloth embroidered with the image of Christ prepared for burial) is carried in procession to a low table in the nave which represents the Tomb of Christ; it is often decorated with an abundance of flowers. The epitaphios itself represents the body of Jesus wrapped in a burial shroud, and is a roughly full-size cloth icon of the body of Christ. Then the priest may deliver a homily and everyone comes forward to venerate the epitaphios. In the Slavic practice, at the end of Vespers, Compline is immediately served, featuring a special Canon of the Crucifixion of our Lord and the Lamentation of the Most Holy Theotokos by Symeon the Logothete.
Matins of Holy and Great Saturday
The Epitaphios mounted upon return of procession
On Friday night, the Matins of Holy and Great Saturday, a unique service known as The Lamentation at the Tomb (Epitáphios Thrēnos) is celebrated. This service is also sometimes called Jerusalem Matins. Much of the service takes place around the tomb of Christ in the center of the nave.
A unique feature of the service is the chanting of the Lamentations or Praises (Enkōmia), which consist of verses chanted by the clergy interspersed between the verses of Psalm 119 (which is, by far, the longest psalm in the Bible). The Enkōmia are the best-loved hymns of Byzantine hymnography, both their poetry and their music being uniquely suited to each other and to the spirit of the day. They consist of 185 tercet antiphons arranged in three parts (stáseis or “stops”), which are interjected with the verses of Psalm 119, and nine short doxastiká (“Gloriae“) and Theotókia (invocations to the Virgin Mary). The three stáseis are each set to its own music, and are commonly known by their initial antiphons: “Life in a grave”, “Worthy it is”, and “All the generations”. Musically they can be classified as strophic, with 75, 62, and 48 tercet stanzas each, respectively. The climax of the Enkōmia comes during the third stásis, with the antiphon “Ō glyký mou Éar“, a lamentation of the Virgin for her dead Child (“O, my sweet spring, my sweetest child, where has your beauty gone?”). The author(s) and date of the Enkōmia are unknown. Their High Attic linguistic style suggests a dating around the 6th century, possibly before the time of St. Romanos the Melodist.
At the end of the Great Doxology, while the Trisagion is sung, the epitaphios is taken in procession around the outside the church, and is then returned to the tomb. Some churches observe the practice of holding the epitaphios at the door, above waist level, so the faithful most bow down under it as they come back into the church, symbolizing their entering into the death and resurrection of Christ. The epitaphios will lay in the tomb until the Paschal Service early Sunday morning. In some churches, the epitaphios is never left alone, but is accompanied 24 hours a day by a reader chanting from the Psalter.
The Troparion (hymn of the day) of Good Friday is:
The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Thy most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen, and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. The angel came to the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb and said: Myrrh is fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption.
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer did not specify a particular rite to be observed on Good Friday but local custom came to mandate an assortment of services, including the Seven Last Words from the Cross and a three-hour service consisting of Matins, Ante-communion (using the Reserved Sacrament in high church parishes) and Evensong. In recent times revised editions of the Prayer Book and Common Worship have re-introduced pre-Reformation forms of observance of Good Friday corresponding to those in today’s Roman Catholic Church, with special nods to the rites that had been observed in the Church of England prior to the Henrican, Edwardian and Elizabethan reforms, including Creeping to the Cross.
In Lutheran tradition from the 16th to the 20th century, Good Friday was the most important holiday, and abstention from all worldly works was expected. During that time, Lutheranism had no restrictions on the celebration of the Eucharist on Good Friday; on the contrary, it was a prime day on which to receive the Eucharist, and services were often accentuated by special music such as the St Matthew Passion by Lutheran Johann Sebastian Bach.
More recently, the Lutheran liturgical practice moved away from the Eucharist celebrated on Good Friday, and among the major Lutheran bodies today, the Eucharist is not celebrated on Good Friday. Rather, it is celebrated in remembrance of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday. The common practice among Lutheran churches is to celebrate a tenebrae service on Good Friday, typically conducted in candlelight and consisting of the crucifixion readings. The Good Friday Liturgy appointed in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the liturgical book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, specifies a Good Friday Liturgy that is in the same order as Roman Catholic practice, although the singing of the Reproaches has been suppressed.
Other Protestant traditions
Many other Protestant communities hold special services on this day as well. Moravians hold a Lovefeast on Good Friday as they receive Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday. The Methodist Church commemorates Good Friday with a service of worship, often based on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. It is not uncommon for some communities to hold interdenominational services on Good Friday.
Some Baptist, Pentecostal, many Sabbatarian and non-denominational churches oppose the observance of Good Friday, regarding it as a papist tradition, and instead observe the Crucifixion on Wednesday to coincide with the Jewish sacrifice of the Passover Lamb (which Christians believe is an Old Testament pointer to Jesus Christ). A Wednesday Crucifixion of Jesus Christ allows for Christ to be in the tomb (“heart of the earth”) for three days and three nights as he told the Pharisees he would be (Matthew 12:40), rather than two nights and a day if he had died on a Friday. Preparation Day (14 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar) – which is the day before Passover (15 Nisan), instead of the Friday morning found in the Synoptic Gospels.
Good Friday service in Ireland
In many countries with a strong Christian tradition such as Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, the countries of the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela, the day is observed as a public or federal holiday. In the United States, 11 states observe Good Friday as state holiday.
The Catholic News Agency (CNA), in an online news story article posted by Alejandro Bermudez on Saturday, March 31, 2012, stated that, in response to a specific request made personally to Cuban President Raul Castro by Pope Benedict XVI, during his Apostolic Visitation of Leon, Mexico and the island in March 2012, following the pattern of small advances in Church-Cuban relations, it was decreed by the Communist Party and Castro and his advisers that in 2012, Good Friday would be made a holiday, with a possibility that the move could perhaps be made permanent (following the move of the late Pope John Paul II, who got Fidel Castro to declare Christmas Day a holiday- which is still the case- due to a personal request during his landmark trip in 1998).
In England and Wales, Good Friday is an official public holiday (a.k.a. Bank Holiday). All schools are closed and most businesses treat it as a holiday for staff; however, many retail stores now remain open.
There is no horse racing on Good Friday in the UK. However, in 2008, betting shops and stores opened for the first time on this day. The BBC has for many years introduced its 7 am News broadcast on Radio 4 on Good Friday with a verse from Isaac Watts‘ hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross“.
Good Friday is also the anniversary of the massacre by the English, of the inhabitants of the Scottish Royal Burgh of Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1296.
In the United States, Good Friday is not a government holiday at the federal level; however, individual states, counties and municipalities may observe the holiday. Good Friday is a state holiday in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. State and local government offices and courts are closed, as well as some banks and postal offices in these states, and in those counties and municipalities where Good Friday is observed as holiday. Good Friday is also a holiday in the U.S. territories of Guam, U.S. Virgin Island and Puerto Rico.
The financial market and stock market is closed on Good Friday. Most retail stores remain open, while some of them may close early. Public schools and universities are often closed on Good Friday, either as a holiday of its own, or part of spring break. The postal service operates, and banks regulated by the federal government do not close for Good Friday.
Calculating the date
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter, which is calculated differently in Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity (see Computus for details). Easter falls on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, the full moon on or after 21 March, taken to be the date of the vernal equinox. The Western calculation uses the Gregorian calendar, while the Eastern calculation uses the Julian calendar, whose 21 March now corresponds to the Gregorian calendar’s 3 April. The calculations for identifying the date of the full moon also differ. See Computus.
In Eastern Christianity, Easter can fall between March 22 and April 25 on Julian Calendar (thus between April 4 and May 8 in terms of the Gregorian calendar, during the period 1900 and 2099), so Good Friday can fall between March 20 and April 23, inclusive (or between April 2 and May 6 in terms of the Gregorian calendar).
Good Friday assumes a particular importance in the plot of Richard Wagner‘s music drama Parsifal, which contains an orchestral interlude known as the “Good Friday Music”.
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BREAKING: New Pope First Appearance – Pope Francis I
According to Catholic and Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ himself appointed St. Peter as the very first pope. St. Peter is the first listed in the List of Popes, where he served from Year 33 CE to 64 / 67 CE. Also, the Catholic Church is the only church that can claim to have been founded by Christ personally.
St. Peter’s Basilica is traditionally believed to have been erected over the spot where St. Peter was buried after his martyrdom in Rome around 64 CE when he and other Christians were killed by Nero.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, an Argentina Cardinal as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. His father was an Italian immigrant. His chosen name of Francisco I or Francis I, will send a message on how he will rule…
St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. We should have known he would pick the name “Francis” when a bird landed on the Vatican smokestack. Hmmm…
May God bless Pope Francis I, and may we see renewed strength and faith in the Catholic Church under his reign. To all my Italian brothers and sisters…
“Lasciate che la guarigione inizia”, translated to English: “Let the healing begin”…
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We have a new pope…
White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces “Habemus Papum” _ “We have a pope” _ and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.
More from Newser below…
Catholic church has new pope: White smoke rises from Sistine Chapel chimney
Catholic church has new pope; white smoke rises
By NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press | 4 minutes ago in World
The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.
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The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces “Habemus Papum” _ “We have a pope” _ and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.
The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic Church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation.
In the second day of the conclave, thick black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, prompting sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people gathered in a rain-soaked and chilly St. Peter’s Square.
“I’m not happy to see black smoke. We all want white,” said the Rev. ThankGod Okoroafor, a Nigerian priest studying theology at Holy Cross University in Rome. “But maybe it means that the cardinals need to take time, not to make a mistake in the choice.”
The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi insisted that the continued balloting was part of the natural course of the election and didn’t signal divisions among cardinals. He noted that only once in the past century had a pope been elected on the third ballot: Pope Pius XII, elected on the eve of World War II.
“This is very normal,” he said. “It’s not a sign of particular divisions within the college, but rather of a normal process of discernment.”
A winner must receive 77 votes, or two-thirds of the 115, to be named pope.
That said, a conclave has rarely before taken place against the backdrop of a papal resignation and revelations of mismanagement, petty bickering, infighting and corruption in the Holy See bureaucracy. Those revelations, exposed by the leaks of papal documents last year, have divided the College of Cardinals into camps seeking a radical reform of the Holy See’s governance and those defending the status quo.
After the third ballot, the cardinals broke for lunch at the Vatican hotel and were returning for another two rounds of voting Wednesday afternoon.
The drama _ with stage sets by Michelangelo and an outcome that is anyone’s guess _ is playing out against the backdrop of the church’s need both for a manager who can clean up an ungovernable Vatican bureaucracy and a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.
The difficulty in finding both attributes in one man, some analysts say, means that the world should brace for a long conclave _ or at least one longer than the four ballots it took to elect Benedict in 2005.
“We have not had a conclave over five days since 1831,” noted the Rev. Thomas Reese, author of “Inside the Vatican,” a bible of sorts for understanding the Vatican bureaucracy. “So if they are in there over five days, we know they are in trouble; they are having a hard time forming consensus around a particular person.”
The names mentioned most often as “papabile” _ a cardinal who has the stuff of a pope _ include Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, an intellect in the vein of Benedict but with a more outgoing personality, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Canadian head of the Vatican’s important bishops’ office who is also scholarly but reserved like Benedict.
Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer is liked by the Vatican bureaucracy but not by all of his countrymen. And Cardinal Peter Erdo of Hungary has the backing of European cardinals who have twice elected him as head of the European bishops’ conference.
On the more pastoral side is Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the favorite of the Italian press, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the back-slapping, outgoing archbishop of New York who has admitted himself that his Italian is pretty bad _ a drawback for a job that is conducted almost exclusively in the language.
The American candidates, however, did get a boost of sorts on Wednesday: President Barack Obama, who has clashed with American bishops over his health care mandate, indicated the Catholic Church could certainly tolerate a superpower pope since Catholic bishops in the U.S. “don’t seem to be taking orders from me.”
In an interview with ABC News, he said an American pope would preside just as effectively as a leader of the Catholic church from any other country.
Lombardi said it was a “good hypothesis” that the pope _ whoever it is _ would be installed next Tuesday, on the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of the universal church. The installation Mass is attended by heads of state from around the world, requiring at least a few days’ notice.
Thousands of people braved a chilly rain on Wednesday morning to watch the 6-foot- (2-meter-) high copper chimney on the chapel roof for the smoke signals telling them whether the cardinals had settled on a choice. Nuns recited the rosary, while children splashed in puddles.
After the smoke poured out, the crowds began to dissipate, though a few hangers-on appeared ready to wait out the afternoon balloting.
“The more we wait, the better chance we have of having a surprise,” said Ludovic de Vernejouls, a 21-year-old Parisian studying architecture in Rome.
Unlike the confusion that reigned during the 2005 conclave, the smoke this time around has been clearly black _ thanks to special smoke flares akin to those used in soccer matches or protests that were lit in the chapel ovens to make the burned ballots black.
The Vatican on Wednesday divulged the secret recipe used: potassium perchlorate, anthracene, which is a derivative of coal tar, and sulfur for the black smoke; potassium chlorate, lactose and a pine resin for the white smoke.
The chemicals are contained in five units of a cartridge that is placed inside the stove of the Sistine Chapel. When activated, the five blocks ignite one after another for about a minute apiece, creating the steady stream of smoke that accompanies the natural smoke from the burned ballot papers.
Despite the great plumes of smoke that poured out of the chimney, neither the Sistine frescoes nor the cardinals inside the chapel suffered any smoke damage, Lombardi said.
The cardinals were spending their free time inbetween votes sequestered in the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel, an impersonal modern hotel on the edge of the Vatican gardens. They have no access to television, newspapers, cellphones or computers, and the hotel staff has taken an oath of secrecy to not reveal anything they see or hear.
The actual vote takes place in far more evocative surroundings: the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo in the 16th century with scenes of “Creation” and “The Last Judgment.”
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“Wherever God erects a house of prayer, the devil always builds a chapel there; and ‘trill be found, upon examination, the latter has the largest congregation.”
“We’re at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism.”
Church offers to pay more to avoid $666 bill
The number 666 is ironic enough, but the name of the church, “Crossroads” is a little over the top, and very prophetic. Church staffers checked the amount 3 times—another prophetic number…Jesus Christ was denied by Peter 3 times; on the 3rd day, Christ rose from the dead; and let’s not forget the fact that the Democrats denied God Himself 3 times during the Democratic Convention.
We certainly are at a crossroads in this world. If it were me, instead of adding $1 to the amount owed, I would have added another Cross—for protection…
From: The Kearney Courier…
Kearney church fee changed to avoid foreboding 666 number
By Kevin M. Smith | Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 5:00 am
Though not usually a superstitious organization, one Kearney church asked to be charged more — for a fee it didn’t have to pay — when the figure came to $666.
The Kearney Board of Aldermen approved a fee waiver of $667 for the building permit for Crossroads Community Church’s expansion.
During the Feb. 19 meeting, Mayor Bill Dane pointed out the fee was originally $666, but the Rev. Brett Toole, pastor of the church, asked to add $1 to the fee to avoid the number associated with the mark of the beast — the Antichrist — in Christian numerology.
The city, upon request, typically waives such fees for churches and nonprofit organizations. And despite not having to pay the fee, Toole didn’t like its implication. When the city emailed to inform him the total for the building permit fee would be $666, he asked if it could charge $1 more.
“It was all in fun,” Toole said.
The aldermen approved the fee waiver, with the added dollar, unanimously.
David Pavlich, community development director, said he and staff ran the figures three times to ensure $666 was accurate before sending the bill to the church. Building fees for expansion are 40 cents per square foot, plus fees for things like electrical and plumbing hookup, according to Pavlich.
Church members recently had a groundbreaking ceremony.
The church is building an approximately 1,200-square-foot addition behind its foyer for at least four new classrooms at its building on Petty Road on the south side town. Depending on weather, the addition will be complete in two to four months.
Just like with the original church building, a contractor will provide the outer shell of the structure, but volunteer labor within the church will complete most of the interior.
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UPDATED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 — 6:19 PM (My original post follows my updates)…
During Obama’s speech to the people of Israel, he stole quotes from others, and instead of giving credit to the people who authored the famous quotes, he recited them as his own words. Obama said, “You must create the change that you want to see. Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.”
The first sentence comes from a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, who said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world“, and made it his own. He also took the second sentence from a quote from Lloyd Newell, who said, “Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things”, and made that his own words as well. Listening to him speak is like listening to a bunch of rusty nails being scratched along a chalkboard, especially when he talks from both sides of his mouth. A recent example of this is something I picked up from IsraelToday that states: “When he arrived in Israel on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama clearly and unequivocally reaffirmed the historical and biblical connection of the Jewish people to this land.
A day later, he stood at the podium at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah and stated that allowing Jews to build homes and live in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria was “problematic” and “not constructive” to achieving peace in the region.
So, which is it? Do the Jews have an ancient connection to this land that entitles them to live here, or don’t they?
I rest my case…
Obama has stolen the White House twice and now he can’t even speak using his own words or hide the fact that he has already chosen who’s side he’s on. I can’t believe the Israelis gave him a hero’s welcome. How quickly they forget how they were treated during Obama’s first term. They don’t remember how he intentionally ignored them.
Obama said “Secretary of State John Kerry would spend time and energy trying to move the two sides closer to agreement”. That would be like leading sheep to the slaughterhouse, if you’re an Israeli. You would think John Kerry would be sensitive to the plight of Israel since he is of Jewish decent himself. His grandfather’s name is Fritz Kohn, and on March 17, 1902, he changed his name to Frederick Kerry to hide his Jewish heritage. John Kerry hid his Jewish heritage as well. When he was living here in Massachusetts as a Senator, he would attend all of the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfasts, claiming he’s Irish—until it was leaked out that he is of 0% Irish heritage and that he is Jewish. After that, he stopped attending the St. Patrick’s Day breakfasts. Why is he hiding his Jewish heritage? Why do people hate the Jews so much? I don’t get it. Do you really think John Kerry’s on the side of the Jews when he denounced his own Jewish heritage? Most of us are happy he left Massachusetts, but we fear what he’ll do to the country alongside Obama. Kerry is just as phony as Obama is. Both are hiding behind masks.
Obama reached out to Israeli students stating that…
“It’s not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own.”
Obama, try telling the Palestinians that Israeli children are having a hard time trying to convince them that they have a right to exist, let alone in a state of their own!
“Palestinian children deserve to live in peace.”
Obama, try selling that line to the Palestinians and the Islamist group, Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin, who claimed responsibility for dropping two missiles on the Israel / Gaza border during your visit. Try telling them that they “acted stupidly” by dropping those bombing on innocent people.
Then Obama asks Israeli students to…
“Look at the world through the eyes of a Palestinian child.”
Hey, Obama, why not ask the Palestinians to try looking at the world through the eyes of Israeli students who have to have armed guards protecting them from Palestinian militants? Why don’t you tell the Palestinians that the Israeli children who died under Palestinian fire that Israeli children deserve to live in peace, and who cannot grow up in a state of their own?
Maybe Obama won’t confront Palestinians like he does the peace-loving Israelis because he is either with the Palestinians or he is afraid of them. I don’t get the fascination with Obama. I refuse to wear the rose-colored glasses that a lot of people are apparently wearing when it comes to Obama…
If these vicious anti-Israeli militants would give up their weapons, there would finally be peace in the Middle East. If Israel gives up their weapons, they would be history. Anyway, here are few recent stories…
Obama Urges Israeli Public to Pursue Peace
2 rockets hit Israel-Gaza border town during Obama visit
Anonymous Attacks Israel as Obama Visits
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UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8:30 PM (My original post follows my updates)
The stricken vehicle is towed away Picture: 2424.co.il
The first thing to happen in the beginning of Obama’s visit to the Holy Land is that “The Beast” as the presidential limo is called, breaks down. Have no fear, though. Obama was spared the embarrassment as it happened before he landed. Some idiot put in regular fuel instead of diesel fuel—probably because the diesel fuel was too expensive (sarcasm). Here’s the story…
Barack Obama in Israel: ‘the Beast’ limo breaks down
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UPDATED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:13 PM (My original post follows my update)
While Atlas Shrugged, Obama Melted…
Why the sudden allegiance to Israel from Obama? He turned his back on them so many times, and they “honor” him with an ice sculpture? That surprises the heck out of me. First we had the dictator-like Obama sand sculpture that was erected to “honor” him that was melting during the 2012 Democratic Convention, now we have an ice sculpture being erected in Israel. I’m betting Obama’s loyalty to Israel melts before his ice sculpture does.
I came across this video, and some people say the contents are purely coincidence, but as I’ve always said…I don’t believe in coincidences. I hope you’ll watch it in its entirety—it’s a real eye-opener. I’m also posting the full video of Daniel’s Timeline below as well.
I’m not saying whether or not Obama is the antichrist—that’s up to you to decide—but Dewey Bruton’s “Daniel’s Timeline” is in line with Obama’s visit, and there are a lot more similarities. These are extremely prophetic days, for sure…
“Body of Evidence” – Obama’s “Covenant Of Peoples” 7 year peace treaty? “Image” setup?
Here’s Daniel’s Timeline…
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Just when we thought it was safe to take a breather, Obama is taking a trip to Israel this month, and many speculate he will be going to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I’m going to ask the same question I asked when Benedict XVI resigned…”Why now?” There aren’t any peace talks with the Palestinians to warrant his visit, or are they already in place? I’ve always prayed for peace in the Middle East, but can Israel live peacefully with Palestine? One can only hope. Benedict XVI resigned just before Ash Wednesday last month, and now Obama wants to visit Jerusalem this month. What’s going on? Let me guess…just before Easter Sunday? Yes, his trip is scheduled for March 20th. Why is he going now when he never went to Israel during his whole first term? Jesus entered Jerusalem 6 days before Passover, so naturally Obama has to enter 6 days before Passover—Passover starts on March 26th. Coincidence? I don’t believe in them.
Obama is cold, arrogant and calculating. He never does anything without having a self-absorbed reason. Maybe it’s a last-ditch effort to rebuild the bridge he burned when he so callously snubbed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year, and maybe to extend an olive branch to the Jewish people of Israel whom he so coldly snubbed during his first term in office. When is Obama going to realize that the Israeli / Palestinian conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state? If he would only listen to what Prime Minister Netanyahu was trying to tell him—that the issue is about the Palestinians defiant refusal to recognize the God-given right for Israel to exist.
Are the End Times upon us? The Holy Bible, in prophesy, states…
“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” Matthew 24:15 (NLT)
It is believed that we are heading toward the “Abomination of Desolation”, which includes…
The abomination of desolation is not only an act of rebellion against God Almighty, but a proclamation of inflated self-worth. Another being proclaiming himself to be God is the ultimate act of arrogance, and the bible reveals, the Antichrist will be the most arrogant individual in history:
“This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.” Daniel 7:8 (NLT)
Some believe there are 7 clues of the “Abomination of Desolation”: Location; Visible, Standing Nature; Who Does It; Sacrifices Stopped Concurrently; Events Before and After—Revelation Parallel; Great Tribulation Tie-In; and “Abomination” Defined By The Holy Bible. Whichever way it happens, you have to agree that what’s been happening lately leads one to wonder about the Book of Revelation and End of Times. I posted a video at the end of this post about the correlation of the date March 22, 2013 and the “Abomination of Desolation”.
Maybe in all Obama’s arrogance, he feels he can climb to the top of the Temple Mount, wave his hand across the land and all the evil and bloodshed that’s been going on in the Middle East for eons will suddenly cease, and the people of Israel and Palestine will live in harmony. He was hailed as the great uniter. Obama said as much when he first ran in 2008, but he has only delivered hopeless changes that are destroying our great America, one bill at a time, and destroying the respect we earned from other countries. Why? Because contrary to what most people believe, he’s just a guy, a mere mortal—a guy who cares more about his own interests than the interests of the country he’s been sworn to serve and protect. I’d like to believe things will be more peaceful in the Middle East so our troops can come home safely after a job well done. We shall see…
From Times of Israel…
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Pope Benedict XVI (C) walking with Muslim and Christian religious leaders during a visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, May 12, 2009 (photo credit: Atta Awissat/GPO/Flash90)
Responding to unconfirmed rumors that US President Barack Obama intends to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during his trip to Israel next month, the Hamas terror group warned the American leader against the idea on Tuesday, calling it “a diplomatic catastrophe,” and local Muslim leaders set stiff conditions for a presidential tour there.
A statement issued by Hamas called Obama’s potential visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located at the southern perimeter of the Mount, “an imminent danger which the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem have never faced.”
Hamas stated that a visit by the American president to the contested site under the auspices of “the Zionist occupation” would be more dangerous than the relocation of any country’s embassy to Jerusalem, considering the international preeminence of the United States.
The Temple Mount, revered by Jews as the site of the first and second temples and by Muslims as the point from which Muhammad ascended to heaven, is administered by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a trust that has governed the site since the 12th century.
Ekrima Sabri, who used to administer the Temple Mount as mufti of Jerusalem and currently heads the High Islamic Council in Jerusalem, told The Times of Israel that Obama would be allowed to visit the site only if he abided by three conditions.
According to a protocol drafted by the Waqf in 1967, official visitors may enter the Temple Mount through any of its 11 gates excluding the Mughrabi Gate, which is connected to the Western Wall plaza by a bridge.
“The Israeli army stole the keys to that gate from the Islamic Waqf, so entry through that gate gives the impression that Israel has sovereignty over Al-Aqsa,” Sabri said.
“We insist on Muslim sovereignty over the Temple Mount,” he said.
Israel took control of Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Temple Mount, in the 1967 Six Day War.
The other conditions placed by the Waqf on Obama’s visit are that no Israeli official accompany the president onto the mount, and that the visit be of a sight-seeing rather than a political nature.
Sabri said that in the past, visiting officials — including French President Jacques Chirac, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI — abided by the Waqf’s regulations.
“If Obama does not abide by these rules, we will refuse to accept him in Al-Aqsa,” Sabri concluded, adding that his organization intended to send a petition to the American consul general in Jerusalem next week outlining its conditions and protesting Israeli attempts to “Judaize” Jerusalem.
The White House gave no indication that Obama actually planned to visit the Temple Mount.
A visit to the site by former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon while he was opposition leader in September 2000 is widely regarded as the immediate precursor — Israel says it was a pretext — for the outburst of the Second Intifada, marked by a strategic onslaught of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel, and referred to by Palestinians as the Al-Aqsa Intifada.
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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:02 PM (My original post follows my updates)
My husband and I watched Sunday’s episode of “The Bible” and were shocked that Obama is the spawning image of the devil in “The Bible”, played by Moroccan actor, Mehdi Ouzaani. Talk about art imitating life. People are saying this is just a coincidence. I don’t believe in coincidences…
Why does the devil in ‘The Bible’ look exactly like President Obama?
From Does the Bible say What the Devil, Satan, or Demons look like?…
In Hebrew, the name Satan means “the accuser”. And the Bible describes him as the accuser of the brethren or the saints of God in Revelation 12:10, “For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night.” The Devil is sometimes, shockingly, behind a pulpit and spewing forth false gospels as he appears as an angel of light, yet he is the father of lies (2 Cor. 11:14).
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UPDATED: Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:55 AM (My original post follows my update)
I’ve been watching “The Bible” and am in awe of its magnificence. It’s very well done, but what I didn’t know is that strange things happened on the set during the filming of “The Bible”. Here is the true account from the producer of the Series, Mark Burnett, of the goings on while filming.
At the end of this article, it states…
“Whether or not you believe these were on-set miracles or just mere coincidences…”
As you may know, I don’t believe in coincidences…
As always, my original post follows this update…
From Inside TV…
Mark Burnett says ‘weird things happened’ on ‘The Bible’ set
by Grady Smith
Image Credit: Lightworkers Media/Hearst Productions
Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.
For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.
At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right now,” he said. “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life.” But Burnett wasn’t just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. “Weird things happened during filming,” he said. “Everybody would look at each other like, “Whoa.”
Here are a few of the “weird things” he was talking about:
A mighty desert wind “There’s a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. It’s a very still night, not a breath of wind, and we’re on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis… Jesus says, ‘The Holy Spirit is like the wind.’ At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didn’t break — they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, ‘What just happened?’”
The missing frock “We had hundreds of craftsmen working [on making costumes], and the most important costume was Jesus’ costume. Every time, at the end of the day, the costume’s got to be taken away to be maintained. So when we were doing the baptism scenes, it’s completely immersed in water. During it, a portion of the costume came away. We shot this in a giant reservoir on the edge of the Sahara desert, so we’re never going to find this again. It’s really bad. Every time you lose something, you’ve got five months ahead, and you can’t replicate these costumes. Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us. He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”
Cobras at the cross “We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we’ve got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can’t afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. On the day of the crucifixion, a lot of people prayed. The cross was a huge thing. They prayed [for safety], ‘Imagine if this cross fell. The actor playing Jesus could be killed or badly injured.’ The snake man came to work that day — he’d gotten there early on the mountain playing Golgotha, and the bag of snakes [he was carrying] was the biggest bag I’d ever seen. He came to my wife and said, ‘Miss Roma, there were 48 snakes.’ He found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross.”
Whether or not you believe these were on-set miracles or just mere coincidences, one thing is certain — The Bible’s ratings are , in fact, pretty divine.
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Moses receives the Ten Commandments.
The History Channel has outdone itself with “The Bible”, a new 10-part docudrama mini-series that tells some stories from The Holy Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Sunday’s premier episode shows powerful re-enactments and engaging cinematography that depicts God’s wrath on sin by flooding Earth, Abraham proving his faith in God, and Moses leading the Israelites on their escape from Egypt and delivering the Ten Commandments. “The Bible” Series Intro and Trailer Videos are at the end of this post.
The series was created by Mark Burnett, and co-produced by and co-stars Roma Downey, one of the very few actresses I admire, and who co-starred on the TV show “Touched By An Angel”, an old show from the 90s that I’ve been hooked on since I first watched last year.
The premier 2-hour episode, “In The Beginning / Exodus” starts this Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 8-10 PM EST, and continues airing through until Easter Sunday. Here is the scheduled airings for the premier 2-hour episode…
Sunday March 3, 2013 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST
Monday March 4, 2013 12:02 – 2-02 AM EST
8:00 – 9:00 PM EST
Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:02 – 02:02 AM EST
Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:00 – 11:02 PM EST
Thursday March 7, 2013 1:01 – 3:03 AM EST
Sunday March 10, 2013 6:00 – 8:02 PM EST
For airing times in your particular area, please consult…
UPDATED 04-01-11: HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE UNIVERSAL TIME TO YOUR OWN TIME ZONE?…
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History Channel’s “The Bible”
If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to expand your knowledge of all that is beautiful and good. Why not watch another great movie when you have the time, and watch this full-length story from The Holy Bible…
Paul the Apostle Full Movie Bible Movie
This religious subject matter is so revered by most of America that Hollywood wants to cash in on it so they’re in the process of working on “Noah” and a movie centering on Pontius Pilate. They’re desperate because the trash they’ve been putting out and calling “movies” isn’t bringing in the money they require so their high-paid pampered pests will show up. Little do they know their brand of subject matter doesn’t hold a candle to the thirst America has for God Almighty and all the goodness He has brought to this great country of ours. Our job as Americans is to make sure that it stays that way…
In God We Will Always Trust…
Official Intro of “The Bible” Series by Mark Barnett and Roma Downey
The Bible – Extended Look
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