Monday, 21 March 2011

Edinburgh Castle - 13

Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of my stepfather (John) who died at around 11.00 pm on Sunday 20 March. He endured his illness with great courage and gentleness. He was 84 years of age. May he rest in peace.

Please also pray for my mother (Jean) - my parents both moved into the same Nursing Home last November. My mother is aged 90 and this is the second time she has been widowed. Please also remember my sister Wendy in your prayers, and of course myself.

The lovely photo above was taken at Dunkeld Station in August 2007. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A LARGER IMAGE. My mother took the photo - and I know she was very proud of it!

The remainder of the post for today was written a few days ago.

Here we see the Argyle Battery. This six-gun battery, opposite the Lang Stairs, was built in the 1730's. It was named after John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, who defeated the Jacobites at Sheriffmuir in 1715. The battery was built on the orders of Major-General George Wade, better known for his military roads in the Scottish Highlands.

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.
(Mark 3:1-12)

Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
branch of royal David's stem
in thy birth at Bethlehem;
anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan's stream,
Prophet, Priest and King supreme;
and at Cana, wedding guest,
in thy Godhead manifest;
manifest in power divine,
changing water into wine;
anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole
palsied limbs and fainting soul;
manifest in valiant fight,
quelling all the devil's might;
manifest in gracious will,
ever bringing good from ill;
anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Sun and moon shall darkened be,
stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee;
Christ will then like lightning shine,
all will see his glorious sign;
all will then the trumpet hear,
all will see the Judge appear;
thou by all wilt be confessed,
God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
mirrored in thy holy Word;
may we imitate thee now,
and be pure, as pure art thou;
that we like to thee may be
at thy great Epiphany;
and may praise thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.

Yes, I know it's Lent. But I like this hymn!

1 comment:

John the organist said...

You will all be remembered in prayer! We are in Sydney!