The Aardvark institutes...
...the Golden Aardvark Award.
Here you will find my repetitive rants about the liturgy, hymnody, chant, and lack of such.
...the Golden Aardvark Award.
...the hellfire preachers show up in the Plaza. You know the time...they carry a big wooden cross with a sign nailed to it, showing all the people who are going to hell. This includes Catholics, Democrats, Mormons, Masons, etc. There were two of them today. Since I had the afternoon off, I decided to relax a little. I walked up to them. There was a Catholic (friend of my friend) in a heated argument about whether or not he was the devil's tool and apostate. I decided to join the fray. It was quite fun, one minute we're both yelling at the preacher guys, next I'm yelling at the friend that no the Catholic church is not infallible. We decided we were on the same side, both going to hell, when I managed to ask a direct question and determine that yes, Lutherans are apostate too, since we don't hold altar calls. (Well, to be fair, one of the guys wasn't condemning at all, and we managed to hold a nice conversation. It was the other that caused all the sparks and fun.) It gathered quite a crowd...me yelling that the Church Fathers said this, the hellfire guy yelling that Catholics are devil-worshiping idolaters, and the Catholic dude getting quite red, shouting out for God to give him patience, Mary to pray for him, and even prostrating once.
There was a patient in the ER today whose description was "goat attack". It made me laugh.
I found this somewhat amusing. In the Daily Lectionary, yesterday's Epistle reading had some verses marked "optional". You know what those verses were? The ones in 1 Corinthians about women wearing head coverings and being silent in church.
There is a poster on a message board I frequent. He has been suggesting heretical doctrines. For example, original sin is a myth, and that Jesus' death was not a sacrifice. He claims to support these teachings by quoting ONLY the words of Jesus. Paul is apparently a false prophet. No matter that the writers of the Gospels were like influenced by Paul, and definitely did not record all of Jesus' words.
What is with the modern trend in church architecture? It's either a box with a steeple stuck on top, a gymnasium, or a reposessed office building. It's not inspiring. It's not even pretty. I'm not asking that all churches be like gothic cathedrals (though it would be quite nice if they were all like Orthodox ones ;) ), but please, at least some taste. PowerPoint screen, stacking chairs, and artifical plants isn't pretty. It would be nice if all churches were a place you would feel comfortable praying in, not someplace that looks like the basketball team is about to barge in.
Here's a breakdown of the organ studio at school:
Last night in choir we were learning the words for a Russian opera piece (Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov, by Moussorgsky). Overall, the pronunciation wasn't TOO bad, but it could have been far better. So, here's my question. Why does it seem to be so difficult to either string several consonants together (zdr) or to use the "soft mark", effectivelly adding a consonant "y" after a t, s, or r?