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04/05/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Maundy Thursday

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them,
and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given
thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them,
This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.”

- Mark 14: 22-24 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Between Easter and Passover, there is much to celebrate this week.  Last year (04/21/11) was the first time we ever observed Maundy Thursday together here, so we're revisiting it today.

BONUS - - Panis Angelicus - St. Philips Boys' Choir, Norbury, UK - soloists Jaymi Bandtock and Sam Harper, July,1987


Panis angelicus is the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris solemniis written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the Feast including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for voice (tenor), harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix Opus 12.

The phenomenon whereby the strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" is often treated as a separate hymn has occurred also with other hymns that Thomas Aquinas wrote for Corpus Christi: Verbum supernum prodiens (the last two strophes begin with "O salutaris Hostia") and Pange lingua gloriosi (the last two strophes begin with "Tantum ergo", in which case the word ergo ["therefore"] makes evident that this part is the continuation of a longer hymn).....



Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, which is described in the Christian bible. The day is also known as Passion Thursday, Paschal Thursday or Sheer (or Shere) Thursday. It is the day before Good Friday and occurs during Holy Week.

What do people do?

Many Catholic and Anglican churches continue traditional Maundy Thursday rites that may include handing out special coins known as “Maundy money” to the aged and poor. Churches may also have the blessing of holy oil and feet washing as part of their Maundy Thursday service. Some churches have a tradition that involves priests washing the feet of 12 people to symbolize Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.

Many Maundy Thursday church services take place in the evening. Maundy Thursday is known as "Green Thursday" (Gründonnerstag) in Germany, where green vegetables and salad, including spinach salad, are served as part of the tradition. Maundy Thursday is known as skjærtorsdag in Norway and is a day off for workers and students. It is known as skärtorsdagen in Sweden and is linked to a folktale about a witches’ day.


    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 10/04/11 - "Breakfast Bunch Brunch":

Our next Brunch... is the first Saturday in April 7, 2012, at 11am at the same place, Warwick Restaurant.

After the April BRUNCH, we plan to meet quarterly the first Saturday of July and October as long as the interest holds up.

   Thanks, Bill! We've just realized to our great sadness that there is no way we can be there - and we had soooo been looking forward to it!

   But, HEY, y'all! Ya gotta eat that day anyway, right?? It's an OPEN reunion, and just see how much fun:

"Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose."

   Make your reservations now:

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

07 -  Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC;

11 -     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;

12 -   Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND    Richard Rawls (71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

April 05, 1942 - The Imperial Japanese Navy launched a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean Raid. Port and civilian facilities were damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire were sunk southwest of the island.

April 05, 1943 - American bomber aircraft accidentally caused more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. The target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.

April 05, 1944 - 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura were executed by the Germans.

Thursday, April 05, 1962 - Businessman, politician, and First President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (Кирса́н Никола́евич Илюмжи́нов) was born in Elista, Kalmyk ASSR, USSR.

Thursday, April 05, 1962 - Actress and fashion model Lana Clarkson was born Lane Jean Clarkson in Long Beach, California. At the age of 40 she was murdered on 03 Feb 2003 in Alhambra, California. On April 13, 2009, songwriter and producer Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder in relation to her death by gunshot.[1]

Thursday, April 05, 1962 - Hockey player Gord Donnelly was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/01/12 - "Jerusalem Dispatches — Part I":

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part I

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 09:09 AM PDT
(Editor’s Note: the following is reprinted by request from The Covert Letter, April 18, 2011)


Jerusalem (April 18, Special to The Covert Letter) – Turmoil in the Middle East continued yesterday when huge crowds jammed the entrance to this ancient city. The main highway to the huge security gate was temporarily blocked by the impromptu procession that escorted a break-away rabbi and his personal “rock star” entourage into the city.

No life threatening injuries were reported among the crowd.

Crowds waving Palm fronds as Jesus of Nazareth enters Jerusalem. (Black Hawk Lantern Images)

Sources identify the man as Jesus of Nazareth, who had traveled by foot from Jericho to observe the Jewish Feast of Passover. They say he looked at the huge crowd, asked for a small donkey and forged ahead acknowledging the palm fronds waving in his honor.

There has been no indication that the Roman military government is a target of the crowd’s demonstrations. Soldiers said the crowd, despite its size, was well behaved, clamoring to see this new religious icon. No crowd size was estimated by the military police commander, who said it moved rapidly and caused only minor disruption to the normal flow of traffic.

A public affairs spokesman from the office of the military protectorate said, “We have raised the alert status a notch, but our troops are on normal duty status.

“When there is this much of a demonstration we must be ready. We activated a unit trained to assess public domain threats, but we do not expect them to do anything other than monitor events.”

The spokesman confirmed that military intelligence reports Jesus directed his followers to respect the government of Emperor Caesar Augustus in Judea.

The United Nations Security Council said it has no plans to discuss the incident. However, the Human Rights Council indicated it will look into charges that innocent Arab citizens may have suffered discrimination and ridicule by overzealous factions in the “mob.”

Sources report that Jesus was trained as a carpenter in Nazareth, but became a preaching sensation as a young man, attracting huge crowds in Galilee and Samaria.

Later in the day, Jesus was escorted to the Temple in a gesture intended to honor the upcoming Feast of Passover. However, shortly after his arrival, Jesus reportedly scattered merchandise, money and tables while proclaiming the synagogue was “his house and it should be a house of prayer,” not a big box store in the mall, a staffer added.

No charges were preferred after Jesus and his 12 aides departed. An unnamed source close to the Jewish council said plans have been discussed to involve the Roman government in prosecution “for cause” and that charges of heresy are possible.

A spokesman for the Chief Rabbi said the council is appalled that Jesus created the disturbance. Vendors have been selling a variety of religious implements and icons, advertising their “Passover Sales Bonanza.”

“It was our decision to allow the vendors in to sell their products, which are intended to enhance the families’ Passover Seder. Jesus has no standing in Temple business matters.”

Jewish leaders later discounted reports that Jesus had attended to several sick persons. They rejected reports that he cured blindness with a touch of his hand. Attempts to contact the former blind man were unsuccessful.

Other news dispatches indicate Jesus has attracted crowds in the thousands throughout the region and witnesses say he even walked on the Sea of Galilee during a violent storm. Reports that he is a living deity are included in dispatches from other areas, where rabid followers proclaim him the son of God.–©2012 Norman M. Covert

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You may contact Mr. Covert at

   Thank you so much, Norm!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/02/12 - "Jerusalem Dispatches — Part II":

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part II

Posted: 01 Apr 2012 09:37 PM PDT

Representatives of Jewish Sanhedrin challenge Jesus of Nazareth's authority to speak. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)


Murder plot rejected by Pontius Pilot,
Jesus taking city by storm


Special to The Covert Letter

JERUSALEM, April 19 – There was more intrigue today when Gov. Pontius Pilot of Judea rejected the notion of a Jewish plot to kill zealot Jesus of Nazareth, new darling of the masses with seats increasingly difficult to obtain.

“It is a bit far-fetched,” Pilot said, “to believe the Sanhedrin would consider hiring assassins, especially when they are probably overwhelmed preparing for their Feast of Passover.

“This young man Jesus has a lively following, but has not broken any laws,” Pilot continued. “His remarks may seem extreme to Jewish fundamentalists, but hardly worthy of murder. I see no justification, nor real evidence.”

Roman military police said they would review the information.

Jerusalem at dusk showing Temple Mount upper right. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Reporters scrambled to learn Jesus’ schedule of events and were directed to Bethany where they learned Jesus himself indicated his death was imminent. His declaration followed an incident in the home of Simon the Leper, where reporters fought through the crush of supporters.

The news came following an incident where a woman managed to get inside the house. She surprised Jesus by pouring expensive perfume on his head.

“She was just preparing me for my funeral,” Jesus was quoted by a pool reporter.  He did not indicate when or where he might die, but his closest companions said he seemed resolved that it would be within the next few days.

Pilot’s comments came in answer to questions about the purpose of his meeting with Temple High Priest Caiaphas, whose office is on Temple Mount, site of the original Temple of Solomon. Jews revere it as original location of the “Ark of the Covenant.”

“The Sanhedrin expressed concern,” Pilot said, “that they could not control what might happen if Jesus is allowed to continue preaching what they believe is often beyond the scriptures. I cautioned them not to overreact and reminded them it was not a government matter. They have the authority and capability of dealing with the young man.”

The Sanhedrin say Jesus has no credentials to make proclamations and perform religious rites. They are prepared to use their disciplinary authority to punish Jesus for “subversive” actions.

Jesus was challenged in the Temple to offer official authority for his ministry, it was learned. He was quoted as confounding the committee, which would not rule whether the unorthodox ministry of the late John the Baptist was “of man, or of God.”

Unidentified woman "anointing" Jesus with expensive perfume. (Blackhawk Lantern Slides)

The rabbis were cautious in their answer because John the Baptist is considered a martyr. He was executed by King Herod Antipas, who is allowed to rule as tetrarch. Like Jesus, John the Baptist drew huge crowds in defiance of traditional rules. Among those he baptized was Jesus.

“You don’t know where John’s authority came from and neither will I tell you the source of my authority,” Jesus is said to have retorted.

A person knowledgeable of Jesus’ whirlwind itinerary said it took on an international tone when he welcomed a delegation from Greece.

Reporters were able to monitor an impromptu discussion of world affairs yesterday. Jesus was seated near the entrance to the Mount of Olives, across from the Temple, when a member of the audience marveled at the beautiful architecture in Jerusalem.

Jesus nodded in agreement, but warned that the city would suffer great devastation in the future.

“Wars will engulf the city,” he said, “and it will be surrounded by powerful enemies who will cause great suffering.”

He proclaimed, however,  “the Son of Man will appear in the clouds with power and glory…and he will send out angels to gather his ‘elect’ from the farthest end of the earth, to the farthest end of Heaven.”

It was announced that preparations for Jesus and his 12 disciples to celebrate their Passover Seder were incomplete. A source said Jesus sought an intimate location because his message would have great significance for the future of the ministry. The location is yet to be determined. –©2012 Norman M. Covert


(EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published April 19, 2011 and is reprinted by request)

   Thank you so much, Norm!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/04/12 - "Jerusalem Dispatches — Part III":

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part III
Posted: 03 Apr 2012 09:54 PM PDT


Judas Iscariot shown kissing Jesus of Nazareth, leading Sanhedrin arrest squad. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)


Jesus arrested by Sanhedrin;

Disciple Judas identified as betrayer

Special to The Covert Letter

JERUSALEM (April 19) –
Jesus of Nazareth, in a stunning turn of events, was arrested late yesterday in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of his closest companions identified him to an enforcement unit representing the Sanhedrin, according to witnesses. 

A source said Judas Iscariot unexpectedly met the delegation, then embraced Jesus kissing his cheek in greeting. Jesus was immediately seized.

Judas, from Kerioth, South Judea, was identified as one of “The Twelve,” accompanying Jesus on his ministerial journey. No explanation was provided for his betrayal and other disciples refused to condemn him.

The Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives, just outside the city, not far from Temple Mount and facilities of the Sanhedrin.

Jesus was confined in a facility adjacent to the Temple on charges said to include heresy and blasphemy. Some evidence is reported to date to Jesus’ activities with the late John the Baptist, who like Jesus preached doctrine beyond the Torah and its interpretation by Temple intelligentsia.

There was no official word from the office of Chief Priest Joseph Caiaphas when a trial might be scheduled, but those familiar with the situation expect quick resolution.

A spokesman in the office of Roman Prefect Pontius Pilot said it would not interfere with the “privilege” of the high priest to govern events within the Jewish community.

“It is important,” the spokesman quoted Pilot, “that the matter be resolved for the good of the community.”

The arrest marked the end of another triumphant day for the precocious young rabbi, who has attracted overflow crowds throughout the Metroplex. He stormed into this ancient and revered city three days ago, welcomed by throngs along the main route.

Jesus of Nazareth (center) explains the communion rite in upper room. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

The queue of reporters tracked Jesus and his associates to a spacious bed and breakfast in what is called the Upper City of Jerusalem. Two disciples had arranged for the entourage to have its Passover meal as guests in the upper room.

Jesus spent much of the day speaking again in the Temple and in spontaneous opportunities with local residents.

Reporters identified guests at the invitation-only affair. It included former Sea of Galilee fishermen Simon Peter, his brother Andrew, John and his brother James. Also: Matthew, a former government tax official; Phillip of Bethsaida, Galilee; Thomas, Bartholomew, James the son of Alpheus; Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.

Jesus’ remarks were said to have shocked his followers. They again heard him predict his death and betrayal, personally identifying Judas, who Jesus said would make his prophecy possible.

“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,” he was quoted.

Jesus, in solemn tones, predicted he would shed his blood and his body would be broken as “atonement for the sins of the people.”

He offered a blessing, then broke the traditional matzo bread, Matthew said, giving each guest a piece.

“He said it was his body. He then blessed a goblet of wine and asked all to drink from it, saying it represented his blood to be shed in sacrifice. He urged us to repeat the tradition, remembering the elements of this first communion of disciples.”

It was consensus that Jesus’ deity was without question.

“I will not drink wine again until the day when I drink it new with you in my father’s kingdom, ” Matthew quoted Jesus.

Reporters were energized again as Jesus led a procession to the Garden of Gethsemane after dinner. He is said to have found the garden perfect for contemplation. He asked his companions to “watch and wait” with him.

Jesus praying in Garden of Gethsemane to have "the cup" pass from him. He was arrested shortly after. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Jesus reportedly had prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; not as I want, but as you want.”

Reporters learned that after the third time finding his followers asleep, Jesus said, “Are you still sleeping? It is time for the Son of Man to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Come on, let’s go.

“Look,” he continued, nodding toward Judas, “My betrayer is here.”

According to eyewitnesses, the Temple delegation stormed into the clearing brandishing swords. Judas greeted Jesus and he was arrested. Judas reportedly walked away and wasn’t seen again.

Jesus did not resist. He is said to have attended to one of the chief priests, whose ear was severed by a disciple’s sword. Another eye witness confirmed the ear was completely healed by Jesus’ touch. It could not be explained otherwise. 

As he was led away, Jesus remarked he had been arrested as if he were a common criminal. He said he could have called 12 legions of angels to rescue him, but it was important that the prophecy be fulfilled.—©Norman M. Covert.

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   Thank you so much, Norm!

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From - 04/04/12:

While taxiing at London Gatwick, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming: "US Air 2771, where the @#$% are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between 'C' and 'D', but get it right!"

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: "$&*! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?"

"Yes ma'am," the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out in Gatwick was definitely running high.

Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking: "Wasn't I married to you once?"


1. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

2. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Thursday, May 3, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 4, 5, and 6, 2012 - Class of 1961 Reunion (Postponed from last August due to Hurricane Irene); Saturday, May 5, 2012: Mike O'Neal's Restaurant (, 11006 Warwick Boulevard, Unit 458, Located in the Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, Newport News, VA 23601 (across from the Cedar Lane entrance to Mariners' Museum), (757) 599-5500, about 12:30 for lunch (Dutch treat) - "Any and all ex-Typhoons or old friends are invited."

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

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Panis Angelicus

Text written by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 07 Mar 1274)

Composed by César Franck (10 Dec 1822 – 8 Nov 1890), 1872

Panis Angelicus

 Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis coelicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus et humilis.

Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.

An English Translation

 The angelic bread
becomes the bread of men;
The heavenly bread
ends all prefigurations:
What wonder!
The Lord is eaten
by a poor and humble servant.

Triune God,
We beg of you:
visit us,
just as we worship you.
By your ways,
lead us where we are heading,
to the light in which you dwell.

"Panis Angelicus" midi (version 3) courtesy of - 04/20/11

"Panis Angelicus" lyrics courtesy of - 04/20/11

Stained Glass Image of the Last Supper (© Van Ostaeyen) courtesy
of - 04/20/11

 Fancy Gold Divider Line64 clip art courtesy of - 12/17/08

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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