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Title: St. Lucia
Post by: MJohn4 on December 15, 2013, 09:30:35 PM
Just in case you missed it, Dec. 13th was St. Lucia Day. You can still enjoy it on this http://www.svt.se/lucia/ (http://www.svt.se/lucia/) Swedish TV production from Olaus Petri Church. Lovely singing even if you don't speak Swedish. I especially enjoyed the Latin hymn, Veni, Veni Emmanuel at 10:08.
Mark
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Norman Teigen on December 16, 2013, 11:16:42 AM
My wife and I both thank you for posting this link.  She is of Swedish descent and I am Norwegian.  Here is my favorite Norwegian Christmas hymn.  Used to sing this in my home church in Mankato MN.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWBYK_WCZCQ

And, one more, for good measure:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO591bqOhHY
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: MJohn4 on December 16, 2013, 12:49:51 PM
You're welcome! You may also enjoy watching various videos from a beautiful performance of Jul i Folkton, especially the 2009 concert at Cassels in Grangesberg, Sweden. Just search Jul i Folkton in YouTube.

Here's a lovely Lucia song for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYW9oH6eqyg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYW9oH6eqyg).
Mark
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on December 30, 2013, 12:10:20 PM
Just in case you missed it, Dec. 13th was St. Lucia Day. You can still enjoy it on this http://www.svt.se/lucia/ (http://www.svt.se/lucia/) Swedish TV production from Olaus Petri Church. Lovely singing even if you don't speak Swedish. I especially enjoyed the Latin hymn, Veni, Veni Emmanuel at 10:08.
Mark

I visited Olaus Petri kyrka this summer while in Sweden, while a guest of one of the priests serving there.  Fr. Pierre's son, Laurens, is singing in the choir.  I'll be using the closed captioning to work on my Swedish. 

After hearing about Lucia celebrations most of my adult life -- Swedish customs did not follow in my family to the West Coast -- this is the first one I've actually seen.  Lovely, simply lovely.

Frid och allt gott, Steven+
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: MJohn4 on January 11, 2014, 02:37:57 PM
This Lucia broadcast will soon be unavailable on SVT.se. Happily, you can still view it on
Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnRRxrYCxg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnRRxrYCxg).

Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth. Inspire us with the memory of Lucia, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son's victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Mark
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Pr. Don Kirchner on January 11, 2014, 02:50:52 PM
But we haven't missed St. Knut's Day, Jan 13th, the day we take down our tree.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: passerby on January 14, 2014, 06:25:08 PM
It's always fascinated me how commemoration of St. Lucia travelled from Sicily to Sweden. Maybe it followed a reverse path of the Norman invaders from the island? By the way, my sister had the bright idea to get our DNA tested. We always we thought we were Sicilian but the test says we are 80 percent Swedish! (That really means that 80 percent of our DNA is shared by Swedes--more than any other national group). I guess that explains the blue eyes in our family. So as a Sicilian-American Lutheran (S.A.L.), I guess I should really celebrate St. Lucia.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Charles_Austin on January 14, 2014, 07:01:14 PM
No mystery about how St. Lucia got to Sweden. We Vikings kidnapped her and took her there centuries ago.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Pr. Don Kirchner on January 14, 2014, 10:51:50 PM
The Pitons are nice.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: MJohn4 on January 14, 2014, 11:21:51 PM
It's always fascinated me how commemoration of St. Lucia travelled from Sicily to Sweden. Maybe it followed a reverse path of the Norman invaders from the island?

Not a bad theory. Scandinavia was being Christianized at about the same time your Norman forebearers were invading Sicily. Along with the spoils of war, they could have taken the story of Lucia back to Sweden. We do know, though, that in the same way that churches were built on the old pagan sites, the celebration of Lucia supplanted the pagan celebration of the shortest day of the year.

Mark

Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: MJohn4 on December 13, 2014, 05:45:57 AM
It's St. Lucia morning and Swedish TV has broadcast a concert from Oscar Fredricks Church in Goteborg. You can view it here:http://www.svt.se/lucia/se-program/lucia-sasong-4-avsnitt-3 (http://www.svt.se/lucia/se-program/lucia-sasong-4-avsnitt-3). Less a solemn service and more a community concert, it's still very nice.

This year I am thankful for the witness of Lucia and other Christian martyrs in ages past, but also mindful of those who more recently have stood firm in faith and have died for their love of our Lord, and now share in his victory.

Peace,
Mark
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Jeff-MN on December 13, 2014, 07:50:35 AM
This Lucia broadcast will soon be unavailable on SVT.se. Happily, you can still view it on
Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnRRxrYCxg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnRRxrYCxg).

Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth. Inspire us with the memory of Lucia, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son's victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Mark

beautiful music...
I have one question.  What's up with the tall pointy hats the guys are wearing?
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Weedon on December 13, 2014, 09:10:58 AM
The lovely collect for this day from Treasury of Daily Prayer:

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power Your holy martyr Lucia triumphed over suffering and remained ever faithful unto death, grant us, who now remember her with thanksgiving, to be so true in our witness to You in this world that we may receive with her new eyes without tears and the crown of light and life; through Jeuss Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Randy Bosch on December 13, 2014, 10:31:26 AM
St. Lucia, Sicilian-born martyr lived only 21 years (283-304).  Her mortal remains have been in Venice, Italy since the body was brought there from Constantinople in 1308, after the 4th Crusade.  The story of her life and the stranger story of the periodic stealing and recovering of her remains is fascinating.  They are currently housed (eyes separate) in a specially constructed wing of St. Geremia, since the name-sake church previously "home" was torn down to build the railroad station long, long ago.  Even Sweden is mentioned, perhaps not with the full involvement desired by some... Alberto Tosi Fei, a great contemporary Venetian story-teller, has posted a fascinating rendition on his Facebook page - look it up if you're interested (I havent perfected linking Facebook pages to this forum...).  His story is in Italian, but worth the struggle, so, buon ventura!  And, as they say there, when celebrating the Saint's Day, it is the Longest Night of the Year, not the shortest day, since "longest night" speaks more to the coming Light of the World than to human concerns about mere earthly daylight hours.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Charles Austin on December 13, 2014, 10:36:57 AM
I will contend that we Swedes have the best Christmas music. But maybe that's because my earliest recollections of anything "church" was being in the balcony of Augustana Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa, for an early morning Julotta service on Christmas Day. We moved across town and stopped going there when I was about 4 or 5. But I remember.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Satis Est on December 13, 2014, 12:20:27 PM
Jeff-MN, the boys wearing the pointy hats are called "Star boys" and are about the star pointing the way to Bethlehem. And for others who (like me) aren't Swedish (or any kind of Scandinavian) and for whom all this is very foreign (though beautiful), I offer this fun attempt to explain the holiday:  "Santa Lucia for Dummies"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgxZS4mWSrw
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Michael Slusser on December 13, 2014, 01:15:52 PM
Jeff-MN, the boys wearing the pointy hats are called "Star boys" and are about the star pointing the way to Bethlehem. And for others who (like me) aren't Swedish (or any kind of Scandinavian) and for whom all this is very foreign (though beautiful), I offer this fun attempt to explain the holiday:  "Santa Lucia for Dummies"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgxZS4mWSrw
Thanks, Satis est! That will go out forthwith to several friends who should appreciate it.

Peace,
Michael
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on December 13, 2014, 01:58:40 PM
Saint Lucia (like Andrew, Nicholas, and Ambrose) is another of the Advent saints whose commemorations are truly catholic, being observed on the same date in both the East and the West.

In the East, she shares the day with St. Herman of Alaska, who understandably receives more attention in North America:

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Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

Reading:

Saint Herman (his name is a variant of Germanus) was born near Moscow in 1756. In his youth he became a monk, first at the Saint Sergius Hermitage near Saint Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland; while he dwelt there, the most holy Mother of God appeared to him, healing him of a grave malady. Afterwards he entered Valaam Monastery on Valiant Island in Lake Ladoga; he often withdrew into the wilderness to pray for days at a time. In 1794, answering a call for missionaries to preach the Gospel to the Aleuts, he came to the New World with the first Orthodox mission to Alaska. He settled on Spruce Island, which he called New Valaam, and here he persevered, even in the face of many grievous afflictions mostly at the hands of his own countrymen in the loving service of God and of his neighbour. Besides his many toils for the sake of the Aleuts, he subdued his flesh with great asceticism, wearing chains, sleeping little, fasting and praying much. He brought many people to Christ by the example of his life, his teaching, and his kindness and sanctity, and was granted the grace of working miracles and of prophetic insight. Since he was not a priest, Angels descended at Theophany to bless the waters in the bay; Saint Herman used this holy water to heal the sick. Because of his unwearying missionary labours, which were crowned by God with the salvation of countless souls, he is called the Enlightener of the Aleuts, and has likewise been renowned as a wonderworker since his repose in 1837.

Apolytikion of Herman of Alaska in the Fourth Tone

Blessed ascetic of the northern wilds and gracious intercessor for the whole world, teacher of the Orthodox Faith, good instructor of piety, adornment of Alaska and joy of all America, holy Father Herman, pray to Christ God that He save our souls.


Very fitting that the "enlightener of the Alaskans" share the day with one whose name means "light". 

Keep all of this in mind for next year and encourage your organist to offer a prelude based on the "Sicilian Mariners" tune.  There is a nice and easy one by Gordon Young. 
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: mj4 on December 13, 2017, 09:11:01 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnRRxrYCxg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnRRxrYCxg).

Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth. Inspire us with the memory of Lucia, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son's victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Bump
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Charles Austin on December 13, 2017, 09:21:29 AM
Yes! And my sorrow that I have never been able to re-create my grandmother's cookies for the day.
As for that other country "up there," if you missed "Christmas in Norway" with the St. Olaf Choir on PBS this week, look for it in a rerun.

Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Weedon on December 13, 2017, 09:44:48 AM
We prayed the lovely collect for the day this morning from Treasury:

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power Your holy martyr Lucia triumphed over suffering and remained ever faithful unto death; grant us, who now remember her with thanksgiving, to be so true in our witness to You in this world that we may receive with her new eyes without tears and the crown of light and life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: James_Gale on December 13, 2017, 10:05:46 AM
Yes! And my sorrow that I have never been able to re-create my grandmother's cookies for the day.
As for that other country "up there," if you missed "Christmas in Norway" with the St. Olaf Choir on PBS this week, look for it in a rerun.


Very good suggestion.  You also can enjoy Christmas in Christ Chapel from Gustavus Adolphus College, linked here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-LdDuUyZXw&feature=youtu.be).  (Slightly jealousy-driven aside directed at queen-choral-bee St. Olaf:  We hold our Christmas service (not! a concert) in our chapel (not! in the school gym).)  The theme this year, not surprisingly, was reformation.  Here's a link to the service program. (https://gustavus.edu/events/concertFiles/media/Christmas_in_Christ_Chapel/21044519_CinCC17_program_pages_WEB.pdf)


Here's a link to last year's service (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b94LnwxjQFg&feature=youtu.be), Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth.

(The service ends, as it does every year, with an exuberant setting of O Come, All Ye Faithful commissioned by the College in 1976.  Singing it every year has conditioned me to rebel against ending Christmas services with darkness and Silent Night.)
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Weedon on December 13, 2017, 05:36:39 PM
The beautiful and comforting homily we heard at the International Center Chapel today, from Pr. Marcus Zill, Director of Campus Ministry:

IC CHAPEL (13 December 2017)

Commemoration of Lucia, Martyr


Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
    that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the LORD's hand
    double for all her sins.

~ Isaiah 40:1-2

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

These days are the darkest times of the year. It is not an accident that St. Lucia, whose name derives from lux, light, is commemorated when the days are the shortest. Festivals of light became very popular in northern Europe during this time of the year, especially since today was once considered the shortest day of the year. Lucia, a 4th century saint of Christian light, became a natural choice for commemoration as popular art often depicts her with a crown of flickering candles adorning her head. (Pastor Weedon actually asked me to dress her part today, but I declined).

What is true according to the normal pattern of the seasons is also true when one considers the spiritual condition of these dark and latter days in which we live. It is certainly significant that the Christ was born when light is the least, when darkness is palpable. 
There is not much that is known for certain about Lucia except that she was from Sicily (and not Scandinaia), that she devoted herself to the nurture and care of the poor, and she died in 304 A.D. as a Christian martyr under the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletion.

Several legends have grown up around Lucia, enough that we don’t have time to go into all of them, but when given the opportunity to renounce her Christian faith, Lucia is reported to have simply smiled and said, “I wish to please Christ.”

Two separate legends, though not verified, do state that Lucia’s eyes were gouged out. With or without her earthly eyes, Lucia, the young maiden of light, certainly fixed her eyes upon Jesus. The Lord Himself taught “the eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)

The Light of the world Himself has taught us also that “the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.” (Matthew 13:44) Lucia’s lifeless murdered body was placed in a grave, hidden in a field as it were, hardly the stuff of treasure in the eyes of the world – just one more dead girl, one more executed Christian, one more candle snuffed out, one more person who would not obey the state, one more speed bump in a cruel Caesar’s quest to become like God.

And yet it is St. Lucia who now “in glory shines” while “we feebly struggle” and while the unbelieving Caesars of every time and place wail and gnash their teeth in the darkness. Evil may have claimed Lucia’s eyes, Satan may have spilled her lifeblood, but today she, who was sanctified by the very blood of Christ, sees God face to face!  And what’s more, the light of Christ shone in her good works and good confession, reflecting this holy light upon those of us who yet “dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”

Darkness cannot diminish even one flickering candle even as a mighty Caesar cannot extinguish the witness of a young girl who confesses a king greater than he. Lucia’s eternal testimony, like that of many of the martyrs of her age, proclaimed to the world that we Christians have overcome death – by the death of Christ – and that through Christ, in Christ, by Christ, and yes even with Christ – we have eternal life.  We share in His light and we stand defiant against the darkness of the grave.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the light of the world, the light of life, the uncreated light who created light by means of His uncreated Word – shines among us, through us, and in us, dear friends.  Even when – and especially when – all we see around us with our failing eyes is the darkness of our sins, the inevitability of death, and the cruelty of this world’s Satanic tyranny – His Word remains a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path.”

Dear children of light, we do not cower in fear at these dark times. Rather, Holy Scripture which Isaiah reminds us remains forever, calls us to sobriety, that God-given ability to remain in complete control of our passions and thoughts without excess or confusion. The virtues of faith and love, those mighty breastplates of the Lord have not lost their strength and vitality. That virtue of hope grounded in the salvation promised to us in Christ Jesus remains as sturdy and sure a helmet as it did for Lucia and all the martyred saints who have gone before us.

The Light that illumined the heart and soul of a Sicilian maiden also shines within each of you, not by virtue of anything that is because of You, but by virtue of everything that is in Him. The powers of darkness thought they had blown out that light at Golgotha but they were wrong about Christ, and they can’t snuff out those who confess and bear witness to His light either.

Will you be called to speak your testimony before kings, magistrates, or those in high positions of authority? That is not for us to say. But like Lucia, if so, you shall not be put to shame either. On this St. Lucia’s day, be reminded, enlightened, and encouraged by “the God of peace who himself sanctifies you completely. And may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thess. 5:23)

Lucia is now comforted. Her warfare is ended, her inquity is pardoned and she has received from the Lord’s hand, double for all her sins.
As have each of you….
In the name of Jesus, the Light which darkness cannot overcome. Amen.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Eileen Smith on December 13, 2017, 06:18:17 PM
Beautiful homily.  Thank you.  It is also the feast day of St. Odilia, blind from birth she received sight on her baptism.  Our devotional this morning recognized both saints using Luke 11:34, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness."   Some words I'd like to share, "Both women present themselves to us as symbols of Advent, reminding us of God's light which heals us of our inner blindness and illumines us in the darkness of our hearts."    As I read this devotion I couldn't help but think how beneficial - how cleansing - it would be to maintain the practice of living God's light, being a witness to that light in places where all seems dark -- most especially in these difficult times.  Thank you for sharing the homily.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Weedon on December 13, 2017, 06:37:13 PM
Eileen,

Amen and what a beautiful thought: cleansing indeed. No darkness so dark that His light cannot there shine. “The light no darkness can overcome.” Pax!
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: John_Hannah on December 13, 2017, 08:42:08 PM
Beautiful homily.  Thank you.  It is also the feast day of St. Odilia, blind from birth she received sight on her baptism.  Our devotional this morning recognized both saints using Luke 11:34, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness."   Some words I'd like to share, "Both women present themselves to us as symbols of Advent, reminding us of God's light which heals us of our inner blindness and illumines us in the darkness of our hearts."    As I read this devotion I couldn't help but think how beneficial - how cleansing - it would be to maintain the practice of living God's light, being a witness to that light in places where all seems dark -- most especially in these difficult times.  Thank you for sharing the homily.

EILEEN

You probably know this. Pr. von Schenk regularly ministered to those at a blind school nearby on Pelham Parkway as a voluntarily part of his calling as a pastor. Exemplary, simply exemplary!!!

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Eileen Smith on December 13, 2017, 10:26:41 PM
Beautiful homily.  Thank you.  It is also the feast day of St. Odilia, blind from birth she received sight on her baptism.  Our devotional this morning recognized both saints using Luke 11:34, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness."   Some words I'd like to share, "Both women present themselves to us as symbols of Advent, reminding us of God's light which heals us of our inner blindness and illumines us in the darkness of our hearts."    As I read this devotion I couldn't help but think how beneficial - how cleansing - it would be to maintain the practice of living God's light, being a witness to that light in places where all seems dark -- most especially in these difficult times.  Thank you for sharing the homily.



EILEEN

You probably know this. Pr. von Schenk regularly ministered to those at a blind school nearby on Pelham Parkway as a voluntarily part of his calling as a pastor. Exemplary, simply exemplary!!!

Peace, JOHN

I seem to remember this and a distant memory that our choir once went caroling at that school.  Could this be possible, I wonder? 
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on December 13, 2017, 10:29:31 PM
As I read this devotion I couldn't help but think how beneficial - how cleansing - it would be to maintain the practice of living God's light, being a witness to that light in places where all seems dark -- most especially in these difficult times. 

Aye, an awesome homily, so Orthodox (upper case intentional) that it could have been preached by St. Gregory Palamas.

"A witness to that in light in places were all seems dark"---I cannot help but think of my friend the Subdeacon Thaniel Wenger (at 19, probably the youngest Subdeacon in the Antiochian Archdiocese) who has left his eastern Pennsylvania home to labor in the Lord's vineyard in Pittsburgh with the Orthodox social ministry organization FOCUS....without any financial support other than what he can garner from his family, friends, and fellow parishioners.   He told me that he has recently undergone training to be part of an emergency response team to minister to neighborhoods which have suffered a trauma such as a murder.


Glory to Him Who still calls us to bear His light!
Glory to Him Who still crowns those who foresake self!
Glory to Him Whose Incarnation has set us free!
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Charles Austin on December 13, 2017, 10:36:34 PM
Good sermon, Pastor Weedon. Good sermon.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on December 14, 2017, 02:34:22 AM
Just in case you missed it, Dec. 13th was St. Lucia Day. You can still enjoy it on this http://www.svt.se/lucia/ (http://www.svt.se/lucia/) Swedish TV production from...

This year's St. Lucia Day broadcast is from the Kungsholms Church (https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/vastermalm/kungsholms-kyrka-) (aka Ulrica Eleonora Church), 500 meters west of Stockholm's Central Station.  The above link brings one to https://www.svtplay.se/video/16240346/luciamorgon-fran-kungsholms-kyrka/luciamorgon-fran-kungsholms-kyrka?start=auto.  It will be available for viewing for the next month.

Frid och allt gott, Steven+
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: John_Hannah on December 14, 2017, 06:24:42 AM
Beautiful homily.  Thank you.  It is also the feast day of St. Odilia, blind from birth she received sight on her baptism.  Our devotional this morning recognized both saints using Luke 11:34, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness."   Some words I'd like to share, "Both women present themselves to us as symbols of Advent, reminding us of God's light which heals us of our inner blindness and illumines us in the darkness of our hearts."    As I read this devotion I couldn't help but think how beneficial - how cleansing - it would be to maintain the practice of living God's light, being a witness to that light in places where all seems dark -- most especially in these difficult times.  Thank you for sharing the homily.





EILEEN

You probably know this. Pr. von Schenk regularly ministered to those at a blind school nearby on Pelham Parkway as a voluntarily part of his calling as a pastor. Exemplary, simply exemplary!!!

Peace, JOHN

I seem to remember this and a distant memory that our choir once went caroling at that school.  Could this be possible, I wonder?

My guess? It is most probable. The school was not that far from Our Saviour. It is no longer for the blind but now works with children with mental challenges.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Matt Staneck on December 14, 2017, 08:12:22 AM
Great homily from the IC yesterday!

We are using the propers provided by synod for commemoration of the three feast days on these Advent wednesdays. Considering the lives of these saints has been a blessing to me and the congregation. Saint Lucy was especially apropos last night for us in the NY area as the early darkness was accompanied by a Bone-chilling cold.

M. Staneck
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: James_Gale on December 14, 2017, 08:26:21 AM
Just in case you missed it, Dec. 13th was St. Lucia Day. You can still enjoy it on this http://www.svt.se/lucia/ (http://www.svt.se/lucia/) Swedish TV production from...

This year's St. Lucia Day broadcast is from the Kungsholms Church (https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/vastermalm/kungsholms-kyrka-) (aka Ulrica Eleonora Church), 500 meters west of Stockholm's Central Station.  The above link brings one to https://www.svtplay.se/video/16240346/luciamorgon-fran-kungsholms-kyrka/luciamorgon-fran-kungsholms-kyrka?start=auto (https://www.svtplay.se/video/16240346/luciamorgon-fran-kungsholms-kyrka/luciamorgon-fran-kungsholms-kyrka?start=auto).  It will be available for viewing for the next month.

Frid och allt gott, Steven+


Simply beautiful.  That choir is so very good.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Weedon on December 14, 2017, 10:54:10 AM
Steven,

Thank you! That is awesome. They can SING!
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: Eileen Smith on December 14, 2017, 11:02:20 AM
Beautiful homily.  Thank you.  It is also the feast day of St. Odilia, blind from birth she received sight on her baptism.  Our devotional this morning recognized both saints using Luke 11:34, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness."   Some words I'd like to share, "Both women present themselves to us as symbols of Advent, reminding us of God's light which heals us of our inner blindness and illumines us in the darkness of our hearts."    As I read this devotion I couldn't help but think how beneficial - how cleansing - it would be to maintain the practice of living God's light, being a witness to that light in places where all seems dark -- most especially in these difficult times.  Thank you for sharing the homily.





EILEEN

You probably know this. Pr. von Schenk regularly ministered to those at a blind school nearby on Pelham Parkway as a voluntarily part of his calling as a pastor. Exemplary, simply exemplary!!!

Peace, JOHN

I seem to remember this and a distant memory that our choir once went caroling at that school.  Could this be possible, I wonder?

My guess? It is most probable. The school was not that far from Our Saviour. It is no longer for the blind but now works with children with mental challenges.

Peace, JOHN

Thank you!  There were a few places on the Grand Concourse, one I believe was a home for the blind and another a nursing home.  We would carol there as well.
Title: Re: St. Lucia
Post by: mj4 on December 13, 2018, 01:43:21 AM
Once again we celebrate the life and witness of St. Lucia.

From the Cathedral in Gothenburg, Sweden: https://www.svtplay.se/video/20339194/lucia (https://www.svtplay.se/video/20339194/lucia)
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Post by: Charles Austin on December 13, 2018, 04:35:00 AM
What a lovely service and fine singing! Beautifully presented, too. My mother and both my grandmothers were born in Sweden, and my earliest remembrance of "church" is St. Lucia's day and the Julotta service early in the morning on Christmas Day at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa.
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Post by: peterm on December 13, 2018, 12:10:50 PM
What a lovely service and fine singing! Beautifully presented, too. My mother and both my grandmothers were born in Sweden, and my earliest remembrance of "church" is St. Lucia's day and the Julotta service early in the morning on Christmas Day at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa.

I was just there last week for a synod meeting.  Beautiful church
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Post by: Weedon on December 13, 2018, 07:33:55 PM
Thank you Mj4. The music is always so amazing; the setting breathtaking.
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Post by: Dave Benke on December 13, 2018, 10:15:00 PM
I'm going to show a segment of this wonderful presentation on Sunday at my Brooklyn congregation, because we have a row full of members from St. Lucia, the island in the Caribbean.  A whole different lilt, but they'll love it!

Dave Benke
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Post by: mj4 on December 08, 2019, 04:13:26 PM
Sweden's Lucia is crowned in Gränna
published today 13.22

During Sunday evening, this year's Lucia Engla Ejdehage was crowned on the square in Gränna. On Friday, December 13, she will be the whole of Sweden's Lucia when she invites Luciamorgon in SVT which is broadcast from Gränna church.

It was in connection with Gränna's Christmas market that this year's Lucia was crowned. Engla Ejdehage received the crown on the square in Gränna.

- It's a great honor, says the sixteen-year-old who has a dream of becoming a singer.

Luciamorgon will be broadcast on SVT on December 13 when Engla and her attendants together with a children's choir will sing.

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/jonkoping/har-krons-hela-sveriges-lucia-i-granna (https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/jonkoping/har-krons-hela-sveriges-lucia-i-granna)

https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/grannavisingso/granna-kyrka (https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/grannavisingso/granna-kyrka)
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Post by: mj4 on December 13, 2019, 02:06:43 AM
Luciamorgon från Gränna

https://www.svtplay.se/video/24823646/luciamorgon-fran-granna (https://www.svtplay.se/video/24823646/luciamorgon-fran-granna)