- NNHS Newsletter
“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and
blessed, and brake it, and gave to them,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Between Passover and Easter, there is much to celebrate this week. I don't believe we've ever observed Maundy Thursday together here, so perhaps we're a bit overdue.
BONUS - http://vimeo.com/2544399 - Panis Angelicus - Josh Groban
|Panis angelicus is the penultimate
strophe of the hymn
solemniis written by Saint
Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the Feast
including prayers for the
Mass and the
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
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.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to lands dark and dusty)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
23 - Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57);
24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;
25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) AND Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX;
26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;
27 - Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);
28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0420.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
|Sunday, April 21, 1861
JUVENILES JOIN JACKSON JOURNEY
Thomas J. Jackson was a professor at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. A devoutly religious man, his first concern for the cadets in his charge was to see that they attended chapel this Sunday morning. In the afternoon they turned to other matters and summoned stagecoaches. These they took to the nearest train station, as virtually the entire school was off to enlist for the defense of Virginia and the Confederacy.
Tuesday April 21, 1863
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/20/11 - "The Covert Letter":
Posted: 18 Apr 2011 02:55 PM PDT
Jerusalem Dispatches — Part II
Posted: 19 Apr 2011 02:52 PM PDT
GOVERNOR REJECTS MURDER PLOT;
JESUS HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN
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.
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.”
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.
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Contact Norman Covert at email@example.com
Thank you so much, Norm - and Harry!
From Delano Wray ('62) of MD - 04/20/11 - "Submission Del Wray Class 1962":
Does Goodness Live In You?
By Roy Oksnevad
Trying to live a good life is an unending and tiring job. We struggle to
keep our bad deeds in check. We strive to do good deeds. It takes our
full concentration and all our energy. What’s more, we don’t live in a
neutral world. This world has temptations, demands, and hassles. It
drains what little energy we have left to live as we know we should
live. Does God understand our struggle? Will He overlook our weaknesses?
Or does God want us to experience a different kind of life—one where we
have the power to do what is right?
God created the human race without any faults or weaknesses. Adam and
Eve, the first human beings, were perfect and complete. They were good
and desired to do what was right because the very essence of goodness
lived in them. They had no trace of bad or evil in them. In fact, the
Bible says, after God created human beings, He himself said that his
creation was good. Goodness gave life and direction to people. Why are
we no longer the way God created us to be?
From the time of Adam, an enemy, Satan, has sought to destroy what God made. Satan tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God, and they fell to his temptation. When people disobeyed God, two things happened. First, evil entered them. Since that time, every person has had to struggle with evil or bad living inside of him. This bad nature was not part of God’s original plan for his creation. Second, the good in people died when they disobeyed God. We understand what goodness is, but goodness has no life of its own. In fact, we have to put all our energy into doing good and keeping bad from coming from us. When we are tired or someone offends us the bad in us takes over the good. The good requires our effort to make it happen. For example, a husband understands how he is to act around his wife. He knows he should love her and treat her well. Yet he fails to do the good he knows he should do. Likewise, parents try to be sensitive and understanding with their children, but their bad side seems to come out as they relate to each other. Even children do not need to learn to be bad. We can constantly correct them and teach them to be good. Despite our best efforts, they still do wrong things and seem to be slow in learning to be good. What can you and I do to gain control of the bad in our lives? How can we bring life back to the good that is in us?
People suggest various ways to revive the good in our lives. Some say
the key is knowledge. The more we instruct people, the more they will
change for the better. But instead people use their knowledge and
intelligence to get their own way or to manipulate people. Knowledge
doesn’t bring life to the good. Others say discipline is the key. If we
are more disciplined in our lives—in our thoughts, habits, exercise, and
so forth—we will improve and do more good. Yet people closest to us know
what kind of people we really are. Through discipline we might create a
world in our minds, but we still live in this world. All too often
exercise seems ineffective in bringing life to the good. Religion is
another option. Perhaps if we go to church, a mosque, or a synagogue, or
if adopt a new religious perspective, then we will become better people.
Unfortunately, what we usually gain from religion is another outlook on
the world that will grow old, not the start of a new life within us.
Finally, some say, the law is the best choice for attaining good. If we
have legislation that can regulate our behavior, particularly our moral
behavior, then we will be better citizens and people. Yet more rules
lead to oppression rather than to a desire to do right. Our human nature
seeks to get around laws by finding exceptions for our behavior and
justifying our actions. The law doesn’t bring goodness to life within
us. Knowledge, discipline, religion, and the law can add much to our
lives. All of these solutions try to curb bad behavior, but they will
never revive the good in us. They are only influences from the outside.
When we stop concentrating on controlling the bad within us, we succumb
to its influences again. Should we just be pleased with our attempts of
being good some of the time?
Because it is so difficult to be good all the time, many people conclude that it is an impossible goal. They say we can only do many good deeds to make up for our bad deeds. It is as though our actions are placed on a scale. Our job is to make sure the good in our lives outweighs the bad. Life, then, becomes a test to see if we can do more good than bad. God has created us for a purpose, not to test us. The Bible says he created us for good works. God made us to do good, not to test us to see if we would do more good than bad. True life is living a fully good life as God created us to have it. But the good must first come to life. Rather than being like a set of scales, our lives are like a full glass. The glass is filled to the top with all the good works God desires us to do. When we do a good deed—the best good possible—we add nothing to the glass because we are only doing our duty, what God purposed for us to do. More often, though, we take from my glass and so fall short of God’s purposes for our lives. This happens when we do a bad deed or pass by an opportunity to do a good work. It also happens when we do a good work only because it serves our ends or desires. For example, we can be kind to my spouse because we want to ask for something later. In these ways, we miss God’s plan for us to be truly good. Throughout our lives, we take from the glass and end up short of the good life God intended for us to have. Our only hope to become a truly good person lies in God, the one who created us. How will God help us? What has he done to control the bad and give life to the good?
God has the power to recreate all the people in the world without evil. Instead of doing this, he respected and preserved his creation. He chose to use his power in another way to intervene in our lives. He would destroy the hold Satan has over people, and he would give us a new life so goodness can live again in us. The battlefield between God and Satan is the world God created. God sent Jesus Christ into this world to confront Satan and his works. Satan threw all his tricks at Jesus Christ. Jesus was misunderstood and tortured by corrupt men. His reputation was destroyed by lies. Finally, Satan used an unjust government to kill Jesus for crimes he did not commit. Jesus Christ willingly took on all this evil, but it never defeated him. He never once responded to evil with evil. He overcame evil with good. To defeat Satan, Jesus deliberately experienced death, the ultimate weapon and evil of Satan, and overcame it. By coming back to life, Jesus showed that he was more powerful than the greatest evil at Satan’s disposal. Jesus Christ is the only person who has ever lived who conquered evil and death. Jesus the Lord showed that he was greater than Satan. Jesus broke the powerful hold Satan has and has the power to give us life. He alone can make the good within us live again. How does Jesus share his power over evil with us?
There was once a man who boasted that he was stronger than the prison
and all the prison guards. Hearing of these boasts, the prison guards
went to capture the man. But the man disappeared. Was he stronger than
the prison guards or not? A second man boasted that he was stronger than
the prison and the prison guards. When the guards came for him, he came
out and met them. They captured him, beat him severely, bound him, and
then took him past all the prison cells to the farthest dungeon. There
they locked him in, leaving guards at the door. The superintendent of
the prison sat in his office with his buddies laughing at the man and
But they did not laugh long. Soon they heard sounds from within the prison. The man had torn off his chains, pushed open the door, thrown aside the guards, and opened all the other prison cells one by one, calling, "Anyone who wants to leave this prison, follow me!" Some of the prisoners were afraid. If they joined this man now and he was captured, they along with him would suffer even worse torture than before. But others said, "Look, they’ve already done to him the worst they can do, and he has shown that he is stronger than them. I’m following him out!" Those who followed him closely all the way out of the prison found that he shared with them his power to open cell doors and defeat the guards on the way. Eventually, they followed him all the way to his Kingdom of Righteousness. Jesus Christ has promised to revive the good in every person who believes him and accepts him into his or her life. He is the prisoner who was beaten and yet escaped from the prison of evil. He calls us to follow him into a new life of goodness. What happens when we follow the Lord Jesus Christ?
When Jesus makes the good in us alive, we are free to make right choices. We have a desire to do good deeds that comes from the inside rather than just from the outside. We have new strength to do good. The Bible says we become completely new people. God is the source of our new life. We still have a problem. The old, bad part of us continues to live within us. In heaven, God promises to remove the bad in us and restore us to the same condition as when he originally created us. Until then, we will have a struggle inside between the good and the bad. We also face external pressures to compromise. The world in which we live is not neutral. Circumstances or other people try to influence us to compromise. For example, our coworkers may not want us to tell the boss that they are cheating on their time or taking things from work. They want us to do the same so we won’t tell on them. Satan also opposes our new life. He wants to destroy us and will try to deceive us with lies. How has God given us help for this struggle?
God has not left us to fend for ourselves. Not only has God revived the good in us through Jesus Christ, but also he has more than adequately provided for us to live this new life. God has given us three very important elements to provide us with a full and meaningful new life: the Bible, his Holy Spirit, and a new community called the church. The Bible is our guideline for living. It will counter the lies of Satan. In it we find not only God’s law, which now is our delight and desire to follow, but also God’s perspective on life and this world. The Bible is the Word of God, and it guides us in understanding the will of God. Without it we will lose perspective. Since we are not neutral, we need God’s Word to influence our thoughts. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit who lives in us when we receive new life from Jesus Christ. He tells the person who is alive in Christ what thoughts and actions are contrary to God’s way. It is God who lives in this person, so he doesn’t have to be afraid of Satan and his demons. When the person listens to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit, he will make right decisions and will be able to follow the will of God. The church is the community of God’s people. We belong to a new family, the family of God. This community of believers serves several purposes. The church models the new life in Christ. It also gives us examples of people who follow the Holy Spirit, even in situations where there might be a high price to pay for obedience. These examples are positive role models for the new person in Christ. The church provides encouragement and direction to live this new life as we struggle through life’s perilous path. If any of these three ingredients is missing, a person who is new in Christ may fall into traps laid by Satan. It will be impossible to resist the bad in this world without the help God has given us in the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and the church. Does new life in Christ prepare us for the judgment day?
We often think that God will judge us according to the good or the bad we have done. However, what we do is a reflection of what lives in us. God will judge us according to whether or not we have new life from him. If we have this new life, God will remove the bad in us when judgment day comes. We will be as God originally created us to be, and he will bring us into heaven. If we do not have this new life from God, then the understanding we have of good will be removed, and we will be sent to hell, a place intended for Satan and his demons. Do you have this new life in Christ? Do you want to be a truly good person?
More religion, knowledge, discipline, or laws will not give new life to a person. Satan’s power needs to be broken, and a new life must enter into you. No prophet, guru, religion, or holy man can give you this new life or adequately protect you from Satan and his evil works. The key to living a truly good life lies in what Jesus the Saviour has done for you. He led a perfect life. He allowed the power of evil to destroy him and overcame its power by coming to life again. Now Jesus Christ wants to give life to everyone who asks him for it. The Bible says, "But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God." (John 1:12) All you need to do is to ask him for new life and trust him to give it to you. All those who believe him are reborn and become his children! The shame of our past life is removed as we are brought into God’s new family.
|Thank you, Del! Our Big Typhoon Family is a varied lot indeed, and Holy Week provides us a wonderful opportunity to share our beliefs with one another!|
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/20/11 - "PRINCIPAL'S OPENING--":
|The way it used to
be--and should be!!
A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
If every school principal gave
this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America
would be a better place.
|Thanks, Wayne Honey! Wouldn't that be a refreshing change of pace?!? I wonder what it would take to allow it to really happen again somewhere.....|
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 04/20/11 - "A Poem Worth Reading":
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
|Thank you, Jay Sweetie!|
Morris had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech corporation. The CEO who was stepping down met with him privately and presented him with three envelopes number 1, 2 and 3. "Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," the departing CEO said.
Things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales took a downturn and Morris was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor."
Morris called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press -- and Wall Street -- responded positively, sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him.
About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales, combined with serious product problems. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize."
This he did, and the company quickly rebounded. After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on difficult times. Morris went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope. The message said, "Prepare three envelopes."
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Text written by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 07 Mar 1274)
César Franck (10
Dec 1822 – 8 Nov 1890),
An English Translation
The angelic bread
"Panis Angelicus" midi (version 3) courtesy of http://ingeb.org/spiritua/panisang.html- 04/20/11
"Panis Angelicus" lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panis_Angelicus - 04/20/11
Stained Glass Image of
the Last Supper (©iStockphoto.com/Joris Van Ostaeyen) courtesy
of http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/maundy-thursday - 04/20/11
Fancy Gold Divider Line64 clip art courtesy of http://www.goldclipart.com/24k/filigree.htm - 12/17/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
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