Monday, 30 March 2009

Earth Hour at St Anne’s Chapel, UPM

Earth Hour has come and gone… Have you done your part?

And for those who did do their part… What did you do during that one hour of darkness??

Hope it was something special.

I was at St. Anne’s chapel during Earth Hour, attending the mass there. The recent electrical problems in the chapel made the Earth Hour this year very natural and longer than the supposed ‘hour’.

The chapel was in darkness for the whole 2-3 hours that the mass was held because we couldn’t turn on the electricity even if we wanted to.

But then, it was special nevertheless…

Where else could you celebrate mass in candle light aside from during the Easter Triduum…

So here’s a few photos of the night

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~It was pitch black…Lol… Imagine if all the photos were like this…~

But then… They’re not…

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~Preparing for mass… It was still bright outside~

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~It might be hard for the musician to play the music in the candle light…~

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~And so more candles were lit up for them~

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~Sky outside has finally turn dark~

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~Dominic’s praying~

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~Some changes in camera setting while the rosary was on-going~

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~And the candle kept on burning~

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~And burning…~

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~And burning… (I like the hand movement effect in this photo)~

 

Earth Hour is finally over… But what we did on that night (all the turning off the lights and ‘saving’ energy)… Did we did it because it was the in-thing of that moment? Did we all turn off the lights because everyone else is doing it? Because the radio stations, the newspapers were telling you to? Because your friends are telling you to?

Then after the hour is over, do we just go on back to our normal lifestyle? Being how we were before and thinking that since the hour is over… We can just do what we want once more… Does it end just like that?

Earth Hour was carried out to teach you something… And the only question that I really think you  should answer now is… ‘Have you learn anything new?’

~Repost from my blog~

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Earth Hour 2009

For those whom had came for mass last Saturday, you surely have notice the lack of certain things in the chapel... Well... Normally mass would look like this...


But last week it was like this instead...



Well... There's a reason behind why the mass was carried out in a candle-light manner. And it was no way related to Earth Hour. (The reason was rather... We lost our electrical supply that night... Reason for that- I'm not really sure as well...)

But then perhaps celebrating the mass in darkness has shown us how we were always dependent upon electricity and how we used to be too dependent upon the Earth's resources. Perhaps it was God's way of telling us that we were always taking and taking what we could from the Earth... From God's creation... And that we should somehow do our part in helping out to maintain God's creation... The same way we 'try' to maintain ourselves... Since we too are God's creation... Lets not be self centered cause everything around us are made by God... Not just us....

And its time to do our part to help the Earth as well...

So do come to join us in our Eucharistic celebration this Saturday...
Where we would celebrate the mass in darkness once more...
In support of Earth Hour 2009


Even if you're not free to come to the mass this Saturday... Anywhere you're at... Remember to do your part... And turn off the lights at 8.30-9.30pm this Saturday. (And if you are super supportive... Turn off whatever you could turn off as well)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

The Annunciation of the Lord

March 25

In Christianity, the Annunciation is the revelation to Mary, the mother of Jesus, by the angel Gabriel that she would concieve a child to be born the Son of God. Some Christian churches celebrate this with the Feast of Annunciation on March 25, which as the Incarnation is nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Jesus, or Christmas.

In the Bible, the Annunciation is narrated in the book of Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26-38 (NASB):


In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.""I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.


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Lent: Week 4

Miserere Mei, Deus

(Psalmus 50)

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Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.


Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.


Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.


Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.


Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut iustificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum iudicaris.


Ecce enim in inquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.


Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.


Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo, et mundabor: lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.


Auditui meo dabis gaudium et laetitiam: et exsultabunt ossa humiliata.


Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis: et omnes iniquitates meas dele.


Cor mundum crea in me, Deus: et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.


Ne proiicias me a facie tua: et spiritum sanctum tuum ne auferas a me.


Redde mihi laetitiam salutaris tui: et spiritu principali confirma me.


Docebo iniquos vias tuas: et impii ad te convertentur.


Libera me de sanguinibus, Deus, Deus salutis meae: et exsultabit lingua mea iustitiam tuam.


Domine, labia mea aperies: et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam.


Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium, dedissem utique: holocaustis non delectaberis.


Sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus: cor contritum, et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies.


Benigne fac, Domine, in bona voluntate tua Sion: ut aedificentur muri Ierusalem.


Tunc acceptabis sacrificium iustitiae, oblationes, et holocausta: tunc imponent super altare tuum vitulos.


English Translation:


Have Mercy Upon Me, O God

(Psalm 51)


Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness: according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.


Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.


For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.


Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.


Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me.


But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.


Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.


Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.


Turn Thy face from my sins: and put out all my misdeeds.


Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.


Cast me not away from Thy presence: and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.


O give me the comfort of Thy help again: and stablish me with Thy free Spirit.


Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked: and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.


Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou that art the God of my health: and my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.


Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew Thy praise.


For Thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it Thee: but Thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.


The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt Thou not despise.


O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.


Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations: then shall they offer young bullocks upon Thine altar.


Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 7 February 1652) was an Italian composer and priest of the Roman School of composers. He mainly lived in Rome, and died there.


Gregorio Allegri

Note:

"Miserere mei, Deus" - English "Have mercy on me, O God" is a setting of Psalm 51 (50)composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Lent: Week 3

Qui Habitat

(Psmus 90:1-8)

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Qui habitat in adjutorio Altissimi, in protectione Dei cæli commorabitur.

Dicet Domino: Susceptor meus es tu et refugium meum; Deus meus, sperabo in eum.

Quoniam ipse liberavit me de laqueo venantium, et a verbo aspero.

Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi, et sub pennis ejus sperabis.

Scuto circumdabit te veritas ejus: non timebis a timore nocturno;

A sagitta volante in die, a negotio perambulante in tenebris, ab incursu, et dæmonio meridiano.

Cadent a latere tuo mille, et decem millia a dextris tuis; ad te autem non appropinquabit.

Verumtamen oculis tuis considerabis et retributionem peccatorum videbis.


English Translation:

He That Dwelleth

(Psalm 91:1-8)


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.


Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.


He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;


Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.


A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.


Josquin des Prez (c. 1450 to 1455 – August 27, 1521), was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, is widely considered by music scholars to be the first master of the high Renaisaance style of polyphonic vocal music that was emerging during his lifetime.


Josquin des Prez

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Lent: Week 2

Agnus Dei

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Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.
English Translation:


O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.


Samuel Osborne Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. His Adagio for Strings is among his most popular compositions and widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music.

Samuel Barber